New Orleans Saints: Ranking each team in the 2019-20 NFL Playoffs
Tennessee has made an impressive playoff push after switching quarterbacks early on in the season from Marcus Mariota to Ryan Tannehill.
The Titans were (2-3) when head coach Mike Vrabel pulled the plug on Mariota and inserted Tannehill behind center, and Tennessee fans wholeheartedly agreed with it.
Since their 16-0 loss to the Denver Broncos in Week 6, Tennessee finished the year by winning seven of its last 11 games to make the playoffs as a wild-card team.
Besides Tannehill, the offense got a rejuvenating spark by feeding running back Derrick Henry, who would become the NFL’s leading rusher in the 2019 season.
The Titans’ defense is somewhat suspect as it ranks 21st in overall defense, but their offense ranks 12th, including the league’s third-best rushing attack.
Unfortunately, the Tennessee Titans take on the New England Patriots in the AFC Wild Card Playoff on Saturday at 12:05 p.m. in Gillette Stadium, who rarely lose in home playoff games.
But, Vrabel played for New England at linebacker for eight seasons and won three Super Bowls with head coach Bill Belichick, now his opponent this weekend.
Tannehill has not played in the playoffs before and faces the league’s top defense and the greatest quarterback of all-time in Tom Brady on the other side.
It will be difficult for the Titans both to win this weekend and advance further in the postseason tournament.