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2020 NFL Power Rankings: Tennessee Titans

Throughout the 2020 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the Tennessee Titans rank in terms of average, best and worst:

Below you will find a Week 9 roundup for the Titans in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 10

Their defense doesn't need to be great, but it needs to at least be mediocre if the Titans are going to make a meaningful playoff run. During Tennessee's loss against the Bengals, they just couldn't get a stop. Cincinnati scored on five of eight possessions. The Titans allowed 27 first downs, had zero sacks and just two quarterback hits. I liked their move to add slot corner Desmond King, but unless the pass rush starts to find answers, the defense -- which currently ranks 26th -- will remain a huge concern.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 11

They have lost two straight and the defense isn't very good. They have to find ways to rush the passer going forward.

USA Today -- Rank: 8

A.J. Brown and Corey Davis could be Tennessee's first tandem of 1,000-yard receivers since ... Drew Bennett and Derrick Mason in 2004.

ESPN -- Rank: 9

Reason for optimism: RB Derrick Henry

Henry continues to be a consistent bright spot for the Titans, leading the NFL with 775 rushing yards. Offensive coordinator Arthur Smith is able to turn to Henry whenever the Titans need to impose their will and take momentum in games. Take his 94-yard touchdown run against the Houston Texans in Week 6, for example. Henry is the engine to Tennessee's offense. Even when he isn't rushing for 200 yards, he is still a factor because he dictates how defenses play the Titans and opens things up in the play-action passing game. -- Turron Davenport

NFL.com -- Rank: 11

The Titans started 5-0 because their offense was able to cover up the blemishes on the other side of the ball. On Sunday, we saw what happens when the Tennessee attack isn't its efficient self. Mike Vrabel's defense was a mess against Cincinnati, unable to get to Joe Burrow and incapable of getting off the field on third and fourth down, a common thread this season. The Bengals played without four of their five starting offensive linemen, but the Titans managed just two QB hits and zero sacks. They'll need offseason acquisitions Vic Beasley and Jadeveon Clowney to make a play at some point (zero combined sacks), and the secondary must improve. Reinforcements arrived Monday in the form of cornerback Desmond King, acquired from the Chargers in exchange for a late-round pick. (UPDATE: The Titans announced Tuesday that they've informed Beasley he'll be released on Wednesday.)

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