Dare to Compare? After Five Games, Comparing the 3-2 Titans of 2022 to the 3-2 Titans of 2021

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NASHVILLE – Five weeks into the season, the Titans are at the bye week.

After an 0-2 start, the Titans have won three straight games to improve to 3-2, and they're sitting alone atop the AFC South.

But, of course, there's plenty of room for improvement, and some areas where the team just hasn't been very good so far.

A year ago, the Titans were 3-2 before picking up steam down the stretch to finish with a 12-5 record, and as the No.1 seed in the AFC.

Time will tell how this season plays out, but right now we can judge the Titans on the time we've seen them so far.

From a statistical standpoint, here's a look at how the 2022 Titans compare to the 2021 Titans after five games:

Record
2022
: 3-2.
2021: 3-2.

Scoring margin
2022:
96-118.
2021: 132-130.

Players used
2022
: 64.
2021: 67.

Offense rank
2022:
30th (278.2 yards per game).
2021: 10th (389.2 yards per game).

Rushing rank
2022:
20th (102.8 yards per game).
2021: 3rd (167.8 yards per game).

Passing rank
2022:
29th (175.4 yards per game).
2021: 25th (221.4 yards per game).

Third down offense
2022:
27th (35.59 %).
2021: 19th (38.57 %).

Red zone percentage
2022:
1st (92.31 %)
2021: 26th (56.52 %).

First downs
2022:
84.
2021: 127.

Total net yards
2022:
1,391.
2021: 1,946.

Touchdowns
2022:
12.
2021: 15.

Penalties/yards
2022:
37/331.
2021: 31/268.

Average time possession
2022:
29.30.
2021: 33:26.

Defense rank
2022:
26th (390.8 yards per game).
2021: 22nd (377.2 yards per game).

Rushing yards allowed
2022:
8th (103.2 yards per game).
2021: 15th (112.8 yards per game).

Passing yards allowed
2022:
30th (287.6 yards per game).
2021: 21st (264.6 yards per game).

Third down defense
2022:
1st (27.1%).
2021: 13th (37.7 %).

Touchdowns allowed
2022:
14.
2021: 16.

Red zone defense
2022:
9th (50.0 %).
2021: 15th (60.0 %).

Ryan Tannehill stats
2022:
82-of-126 for 965 yards, 6 TDs, 3 INT, 12 sacks, 94.2 rating.
2021: 110-173 for 1,251 yards, 6 TDs, 3 INTs, 20 sacks, 89.5 rating.

Derrick Henry stats
2022:
104 carries, 408 yards, 3.9 average, 5 TDs.
2021: 142 carries, 640 yards, 4.5 average 7 TDs.

Leading receivers (top 5)
2022:
Robert Woods (17 catches, 204 yards, 1 TD), RB Dontrell Hiliard (12 catches, 132 yards, 3 TDs), Treylon Burks (10 catches, 129 yards, 0 TDs), Derrick Henry (10 catches, 121 yards, 0 TDs), Kyle Philips (8 catches, 78 yards, 0 TDs).
2021: Jeremy McNichols (17 catches, 160 yards, 1 TD), Derrick Henry (14 catches, 125 yards, 0 TDs), Chester Rogers (13 catches, 179 yards, 1 TD), Julio Jones (12 catches, 204 yards, 0 TDs), A.J. Brown (10 catches, 130 yards, 1 TD).

Leading tackler
2022:
Kevin Byard (37).
2021: David Long, Jr. (29).

Sacks leader
2022:
Rashad Weaver (4), Denico Autry (4).
2021: Harold Landry III (4.5).

QB Pressures
2022:
Jeffery Simmons (20).
2021: Jeffery Simmons (16).

Interceptions
2022:
Four with 1 (Kevin Byard, David Long Jr., Amani Hooker, Teair Tart).
2021: Kevin Byard (2).

Pass breakups
2022:
Teair Tart (5).
2021: Kevin Byard (6), Kristian Fulton (6).

Kicking
2022:
Randy Bullock (4-of-5 FGs, 12-of-12 PATs).
2021: Randy Bullock (9-of-11 FGs, 10-of-11 PATs).

Punting
2022:
Ryan Stonehouse (27 punts, 54.9 average, 47.3 net, 2 touchbacks, 11 Inside 20.
2021: Johnny Townsend (9 punts, 39.8 average, 34.0 net, 1 touchback, 2 Inside 20), Brett Kern (6 punts, 47.8 average, 43.2 net, 0 touchbacks, 1 Inside 20).

Kick return
2022:
Hassan Haskins (7-174, 24.9 average, 37 long).
2021: Chester Rogers (7-114, 16.3 average, 19 long).

Punt return
2022:
Kyle Philips (5 returns, 2 FC, 12.4 average, 46 long).
2021: Chester Rogers (9 returns, 8 FC, 13.3 average, 22 long).

Special teams tackles
2022:
Joe Jones (6).
2021: Ola Adeniyi (6).

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