Because the playoffs strategy, the Titans will solely go so far as QB Ryan Tannehill can take them.
The Titans let a golden alternative to make it to the Tremendous Bowl slip by their grasp final 12 months as the highest seed within the AFC, flaming out towards the Cincinnati Bengals, 19-16. Tannehill had a disastrous outing.
Tennessee (7-4) had an opportunity at retribution final Sunday, however Bengals QB Joe Burrow outdueled Tannehill in a 20-16 Cincinnati win.
Final weekend wasn’t as horrific for Tannehill because the playoff loss from a season in the past when he went 15-of-24 for 220 yards with one landing and three interceptions. In actual fact, the Titans QB has been strong since lacking two video games with an ankle harm. Since Week 10, Tannehill is 63-of-97 for 879 yards and 4 touchdowns with one interception.
This Sunday, the staff travels to Philadelphia (10-1) to face the staff with one of the best report in soccer. The Eagles’ greatest weak point is its run protection, however the staff made a few key free-agent signings final month by coming to phrases with defensive linemen Linval Joseph and Ndamukong Suh. The Titans pose the largest check for the Eagles defensive entrance this season.
Operating again Derrick Henry has 247 carries for 1,048 yards and 10 touchdowns. He additionally has 21 receptions for 278 yards.
It would not take a lot of a leap to anticipate the Titans to take advantage of the mismatch up entrance whereas the Eagles will do every little thing it may to make Henry a nonfactor. As frequent as it’s to listen to the expression “set up the run,” Tannehill must set up the cross so the Eagles cannot go all-out in stopping Henry.
That could possibly be the place the 2 groups’ draft day commerce this previous offseason comes again to hang-out the Titans. In the course of the first spherical of the 2022 NFL Draft, the Titans and Eagles agreed to a deal that despatched extensive receiver A.J. Brown to Philadelphia for 2 draft picks, together with the No. 18 total choose. (h/t Professional Sports activities Reference)
Brown has been simply what the Eagles wanted, seamlessly becoming into the offense because the staff’s No. 1 extensive receiver. He leads the Eagles in targets (86), receiving yards (831), and touchdowns (seven). He is second to DeVonta Smith in receptions, 53 to Smith’s 56.
Tennessee did not discover a facsimile of Brown’s manufacturing in free agent acquisition Robert Woods; he leads the staff with 32 receptions for 351 yards. Backup operating again Dontrell Hilliard has probably the most receiving touchdowns (4) of anybody on the staff.
The Titans drafted extensive receiver Treylon Burks with the first-round choose acquired within the Brown commerce. After a sluggish begin, he is come on robust in his previous three video games. He suffered a toe harm in Week Four and returned in Week 10, the identical week as Tannehill. Since then, Burks has had 14 receptions for 205 yards.
Tennessee’s offense revolves round Henry, and rightfully so; however except Tannehill holds up his finish of the discount, the Titans will fall out of orbit.