Titans and Bucs finish in final four of NFL Power Rankings
They may have clinched the 1-seed in the AFC, but the Titans are still an incomplete team, mainly because they don’t have Derrick Henry. Now, the King looks like he will make his return. With a week off to rest, Tennessee has a lot going for them. And that’s due in large part to the job that Mike Vrabel has done.
Against Houston, Vrabel’s team started fast and held on to win at the end. When the playoffs begin, comebacks like what Houston did can be concerning, but a strong game and controlling the clock can make wonders. Henry can do just that.
Ryan Tannehill will have to step up. He’s shown that can produce, but the playoffs have not been an easy ride. If Tennessee wants their first title, the entire team must step up and prove that they are worthy of the 1-seed.
The Antonio Brown drama has clouded a respectable season for the reigning champs, who racked up a franchise-high 13 regular-season victories. The defense has struggled against opponents due to injuries and lack of execution, but it can all change if everyone gets healthy.
But don’t get it twisted. It’s the GOAT who runs the show. Tom Brady’s 5,316 and 43 touchdowns are just remarkable for his age. Rob Gronkowski is still one of the better tight ends in the game, and Tampa’s offensive line is getting stronger at the right time.
However, the expectations are greater this time, given that Tampa Bay is facing the possibility that every game they play in the playoffs can be at home, provided something happens to Green Bay. They can only control what they can do, and thanks to the Rams’ loss, they got the 2-seed, but they have to make the most of it.