Ryan Tannehill Better Than Patrick Mahomes in Crucial Area Since Becoming Titans Starter

Max Staley
Ryan Tannehill has been better that Patrick Mahomes in one key stat.
Ryan Tannehill has been better that Patrick Mahomes in one key stat. / Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

Ryan Tannehill has been a revelation since becoming the Tennessee Titans' starter midway through last season. He was so efficient that most analysts assumed he was bound to regress in 2020. But that certainly hasn't been the case. Through four games this year, the Titans' franchise signal-caller is on a 16-game pace to throw for 4,016 yards, 36 touchdowns and just 4 interceptions.

It's time to stop using sample size as a way to disregard or explain what Tannehill has done in Tennessee. He's now started 17 games for the team, including the playoffs, and he's actually been more efficient than Patrick Mahomes in the regular season since taking over starting duties from Marcus Mariota.

That's right, Tannehill actually has a higher passer rating than Mahomes over their last 14 starts (116.7 to 102.3). He's also thrown for more touchdowns (31 to 28) while tossing the same amount of interceptions (6) and leading their teams to the same record (11-3).

Look, no one is arguing that Tannehill is better than Mahomes. He obviously isn't. But comparing their numbers is a quick and easy way to highlight just how effective Tannehill has been in Tennessee. And it's not like it's a small sample size, either.

Many scoffed when the Titans inked Tannehill to that $118 million deal over the offseason. But he's proven to be worth every penny.

Currently sitting pretty at 4-0, Tennessee has the 10th-best odds to win the Super Bowl (+2100), on FanDuel Sportsbook. Tannehill, meanwhile, is tied for the 13th-best odds to win the MVP (+8000).

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