2021 NFL Power Rankings Week 8: Titans make another statement, Chiefs continue free fall

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - OCTOBER 24: Matthias Farley #21 and David Long #51 of the Tennessee Titans celebrate after Farley recovered a fumble in the second quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs in the game at Nissan Stadium on October 24, 2021 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - OCTOBER 24: Matthias Farley #21 and David Long #51 of the Tennessee Titans celebrate after Farley recovered a fumble in the second quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs in the game at Nissan Stadium on October 24, 2021 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) /
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NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – OCTOBER 24: Randy Bullock #14 of the Tennessee Titans celebrates with teammates after making a field goal in the second quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs in the game at Nissan Stadium on October 24, 2021 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) /

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NFL Power Rankings, Week 8: Titans look like contenders

It was back-to-back statement wins for the Tennessee Titans as they defeated the two teams that made the AFC Championship Game last year in successive weeks. On Monday Night Football in Week 6, it was the Buffalo Bills who they held off in an exciting back-and-forth contest.

This weekend, they hosted the Kansas City Chiefs who were the AFC representatives in the Super Bowl last year — and it wasn’t close. Tennessee won 27-3 and forced Patrick Mahomes into two turnovers while sacking him four times.

Mahomes was banged up late in the game and headed to the sideline, making way for Chad Henne but at that point, this game was decided. Ryan Tannehill was the star of the day for the Titans, completing 21-of-27 attempts for 270 yards with a touchdown and pick. He also had a touchdown on the ground for good measure.

Derrick Henry was also good, although he didn’t have one of his insane performances as he picked up 86 yards but needed 29 carries to do so. He did also throw a touchdown on a halfback pass, which was a tone-setter in this one. This performance left us with just one question: how in the world did these guys lose to the Jets?

We don’t know the answer there but we do know that next up for the Titans is the Indianapolis Colts as they look to continue to run away with the AFC South.