NFL power rankings: Where Jimmy Garoppolo, remaining playoff QBs rank in divisional round
By Peter Panacy
NFL Power Rankings No. 6: Ryan Tannehill, Titans
Not totally unlike Jimmy Garoppolo, Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill shouldn’t be tasked with shouldering his offense’s entire output when they finally take on the No. 4-seeded Bengals.
If anything, getting into a shootout with Joe Burrow and that potent Cincinnati offense might be the lone way the No. 1-seeded Titans, who at least enjoyed a first-round playoff bye, end up losing this game.
Tannehill is a lot more trustworthy in our NFL power rankings, though, edging out Garoppolo for the No. 6 spot. Like the Niners, head coach Mike Vrabel’s squad is going to rely heavily on the ground attack, possibly made even more potent if All-Pro running back Derrick Henry is able to return from the foot fracture he suffered earlier this season.
Should that happen, Tannehill becomes much more effective. But even with Henry out for the latter half of the regular season, the Titans quarterback was much more protective of the ball, tossing just one interception over his last five games. His four-interception game against the Houston Texans back in Week 11 seems like a distant memory now.
Also, like Garoppolo and the 49ers, Tannehill also edges out Burrow in the playoff-experience department, and the Titans will look to avenge their early exit in the Wild Card round from a year ago when they host Cincinnati.