The Tennessee Titans suffered its first loss of the season in heartbreaking fashion, but they don’t drop too far in USA Today’s power ranking.
Although the Tennessee Titans lost its first game of the season, it looks like they might’ve earned some respect after taking the Pittsburgh Steelers down to the final snap of the game.
Nate Davis of USA Today didn’t punish the Titans too much for the loss against the Steelers. The Titans fell one spot to No. 4 in the updated rankings.
"4. Titans (3): “The value of DE Jadeveon Clowney, who’s still sack-less, has rarely been reflected by stat sheet,” Davis wrote. “But he’s never going to get $20 million per year without being a more productive pass rusher.”"
The Steelers take the top spot in the power rankings, and the Chiefs and Ravens currently sit in front of the Titans at No. 2 and No. 3.
If the Titans want to win its first AFC Championship since 1999, then they’re going to have to beat at least one of the three teams ahead of them with the likelihood of needing to beat two of them.
The Buccaneers are behind the Titans at No. 5, with the Seahawks, Packers, Cardinals, Saints, and Bills round out the top ten.
Davis’ note on Jadeveon Clowney is a key factor in the Titans’ defensive struggles on Sunday. Clowney has yet to record a sack on the season after trying to get $20 million for one year earlier this year from the Titans.
The pass rush will be something to watch moving forward, along with the issues in the secondary. After a strong start, the Titans will need to continue to win football games if they hope to hang around the top five for the rest of the season.
The Titans will face another AFC North opponent this Sunday when the Titans travel to Cincinnati to take on the Bengals.