"He's clearly playing better," Joe Philbin told ESPN.com Wednesday. "You can look [at it] on a piece of paper and say he's playing better. I think overall, he has more command of the offense, his decision-making has improved and this is an important game for everybody."
Despite his improvement, Tannehill might struggle to reach 300 yards for the third time, as he has to face a Steelers defense that holds opposing quarterbacks to 237 passing yards per game, the ninth-fewest in the league. Quarterbacks are averaging just 16.2 Fantasy points per game against the Steelers as well.
Furthermore, the weather in Pittsburgh Sunday calls for a chance of snow. Tannehill has never played in snow, but said he is not overly concerned about it affecting his game.
"If it's snowing, I've heard it's not too bad," Tannehill said. "It's actually nice to play in it. From the guys just in the locker room talking, Matt [Moore] played in the snow a few times. He said it's nice. It doesn't affect the ball."
Even coming off arguably the best stretch of his career, Tannehill isn't the type of quarterback you start against just any defense. With this matchup, Tannehill should probably be considered just a low-end Fantasy option for Week 14.
Tannehill topped 300 yards for the second game in a row, the first time he has done that in consecutive games in his career. Tannehill completed 28 of 43 passes for 331 yards, and tossed a pair of touchdowns, one each to Brian Hartline and Mike Wallace. He added 22 yards rushing on three attempts.
The only blemish on Tannehill's line was a second-quarter interception. Tannehill has now completed better than 60.0 percent of his passes in each of the last five games, while throwing six touchdowns and four interceptions in that span. With four games left in the season, he heads into Week 14 against the Steelers just 179 passing yards short of his rookie season total.
Tannehill left one of the team's games against the Jets last season due to a leg injury, be he made it through the entirety of another without a touchdown. If he is to turn things around this week, he will do so against a team that has not been particularly strong against quarterbacks.
Opposing passers averaging 19.8 Fantasy points per game against the Jets this season, and have topped 20 points in three of the last four games. The Jets' stout run defense has pushed teams into plenty of passing situations, and they allow the 22nd-most passing yards in the league.
Tannehill is coming off his third 300-yard passing performance of the season, and should have a good opportunity to put up numbers. Unfortunately, with bye weeks in the past, Tannehill is more of a No. 2 Fantasy option at quarterback for Week 13.
Though Tannehill was able to find Mike Wallace for a 53-yard touchdown in the first quarter, he even underthrew Wallace on that score. Tannehill ended up connecting with Wallace for 127 yards on five receptions. Unfortunately, Tannehill probably left points on the board at least one or two other times with poor throws on deep passes, which he acknowledged after the game.
"It was good to hit a couple deep ones. Obviously we needed to hit one in the second half," Tannehill told the Sun-Sentinel.
Tannehill finished the game with a very solid line despite his struggles on deep passes, as he completed 28 of 42 passes for 310 yards. He had just one touchdown, and was intercepted once.
Tannehill has 15 touchdowns and 12 interceptions on the season, heading into Week 13 against the Jets in New York.
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