Tennessee Titans Betting Odds Preview
Coming off of a 6-10 season, the Tennessee Titans enter the 2013 season with low expectations surrounding them. There is enough talent on offense here for the team to turn some heads, but it will take a perfect storm of everything clicking for the Titans to compete in the AFC South.
Tennessee finished 6-10 both SU and ATS, struggling on both offense and defense. While the defense is likely to struggle again in 2013, all eyes are on the offense to show improvement.
In games that Chris Johnson rushed for 90 or more yards, the Titans were 4-3 SU and ATS; leaving them with a record of 3-7 SU and ATS in the 10 games that he didn’t. Since rushing for 2006 yards back in 2009, Johnson has been inconsistent on a game-to-game basis over the last three years, looking elite in some games and terrible in others. Can he return to form in 2013?
QB Jake Locker has also struggled with consistency over the course of his young NFL career, in large part due to injury issues. Locker’s backup over the last two seasons, Matt Hasselbeck, has been replaced by Ryan Fitzpatrick. Locker has the arm strength, size, and mobility to be a great quarterback at the NFL level, but he needs to work on his accuracy and stay on the field if he wants to take the next step in his development.
Add wide receiver Kenny Britt to the list of offensive talents that aren’t hitting their potential. Britt’s size and speed suggest he could be an elite wide receiver in the NFL, but he hasn’t been able to get over the hump through his first four seasons.
Tennessee will need its offensive stars to be great if last year’s defense is any indication. The Titans finished dead last in the NFL in points allowed in 2012 with 29.4 per game, giving up 374.9 yards per game in the process. Things don’t figure to be a whole lot better this year.
AFC South Odds at Bovada as of July 28
Houston Texans -225
Indianapolis Colts +240
Tennessee Titans +750
Jacksonville Jaguars +2500