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Tennessee Titans Season Odds Preview


Tennessee has enough pieces in place on offense to shootout with teams if everything comes together. But inconsistency across the board is a concern on offense, and the defense was consistently bad in 2012 and doesn’t look like it will be much better this year. The Titans could improve on last year’s 6-10 ATS mark with more production out of the offense, but they are still a clear step behind Indianapolis and Houston in the AFC South. Chris Johnson would need to return to his elite 2009 form for the Titans to seriously compete for a playoff spot.

Tennessee Titans 2012-2013 Season Odds

The Titans just missed out on the playoffs last year after a 9-7 season. Thanks to the division they play in featuring two of the league's worst teams a year ago Tennessee was able to steal away a few easy wins. Will that be the case again this season?

Odds to win AFC South: 9/2
Regular Season Win Total: 7 (Over -140)
Props: NFL MVP odds Chris Johnson 30/1

The Titans begin this season with the same two quarterbacks on the roster. However, depending what happens in the preseason they may switch places on the pecking order. Matt Hasselbeck was the starter last season, but he's just a stopgap until young QB Jake Locker is ready to takeover the starting gig. That will likely be sometime this season, but how each plays with determine how soon.

Tennessee's biggest offensive weapon is running back Chris Johnson, but you wouldn't know it from last season. Johnson rushed for only 1047 yards last season, almost half of what he recorded in 2009. He also scored only four touchdowns. For Tennessee to have a chance they need Johnson to regain his old form from '09 when he rushed for 2009 yards and 14 touchdowns.

The Titans have two pretty good receivers in Kenny Britt and Nate Washington leading the receiving corps, but they need both of them out there to be truly effective. Britt appeared in only three games last year due to injury and off-field trouble may force him to the sidelines a few more times this season.

On defense the Titans were nothing to write home about last season. They were eighth in points allowed (19.8 points per game), but a big part of that came from playing against weak offensive teams like Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Tampa Bay, Cleveland and Denver. The Titans were 18th (355.1 yards per game) overall in defense last season and a poor 24th (128.3 yards per game) against the run.

Odds to win AFC South at Bovada as of August 20
Houston Texans 1/5
Tennessee Titans 9/2
Indianapolis Colts 18/1
Jacksonville Jaguars 18/1

2012 Tennessee Titans Schedule (All times Eastern)

01 Sep 9 NE @ TEN (LP Field 1:00pm CBS)
02 Sep 16 TEN @ SD (Qualcomm Stadium 4:25pm CBS)
03 Sep 23 DET @ TEN (LP Field 1:00pm FOX)
04 Sep 30 TEN @ HOU (Reliant Stadium 1:00pm CBS)
05 Oct 7 TEN @ MIN (Mall of America Stadium 4:25pm CBS)
06 Oct 11 PIT @ TEN (LP Field 8:20pm NFL)
07 Oct 21 TEN @ BUF (Ralph Wilson Stadium 1:00pm CBS)
08 Oct 28 IND @ TEN (LP Field 1:00pm CBS)
09 Nov 4 CHI @ TEN (LP Field 1:00pm FOX)
10 Nov 11 TEN @ MIA (Dolphins Stadium 1:00pm CBS)
11 BYE
12 Nov 25 TEN @ JAC (EverBank Field 1:00pm CBS)
13 Dec 2 HOU @ TEN (LP Field 1:00pm CBS)
14 Dec 9 TEN @ IND (Lucas Oil Stadium 1:00pm CBS)
15 Dec 17 NYJ @ TEN (LP Field 8:30pm ESPN)
16 Dec 23 TEN @ GB (Lambeau Field 1:00pm CBS)
17 Dec 30 JAC @ TEN (LP Field 1:00pm CBS

Tennessee Titans 2011-2012 Season Odds Preview

Other than running the ball, Tennessee didn’t do anything particularly well last season en route to a disappointing 6-10 record. The Titans decided to turn the page and look to the future, firing Jeff Fischer after 16 years and officially parting ways with quarterback Vince Young.

New coach Mike Munchak takes over, and first-round pick Jake Locker will be groomed to be the new “quarterback of the future” for Tennessee. The AFC South is wide open, but this appears to be a rebuilding year for the young Titans.

Odds to Win AFC: 35/1
Regular Season Win Total: Over 6.5
Props: MVP Odds Chris Johnson 20/1

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Tennessee and star running back Chris Johnson were able to avoid a holdout and work out a new contract, giving the Titans’ offense a major boost. Johnson wasn’t able to replicate the gaudy numbers he put up in 2009, but 1,364 yards and 11 touchdowns on 314 carries is nothing to sneeze at.

Out are quarterbacks Kerry Collins and Vince Young, and in are veteran Matt Hasselbeck and rookie Jake Locker. Hasselbeck will get the nod at starter as the Titans try to bring Locker along the right way. That said, considering Matt Hasselbeck has stayed healthy and played all 16 games only once over the last five seasons, there’s a good chance Locker will get some game experience at some point this season.

Tennessee’s defense was a major concern in 2010, finishing 26th in the NFL in total yards surrendered. The passing defense was particularly bad, ranking 29th in the league at 252 yards per game against. Tennessee addressed the defense through the draft, using their two picks after Jake Locker on linebacker Akeem Ayers and defensive tackle Jurrell Casey.

With the exception of the overhaul at the quarterback position, Tennessee remains pretty much the same team as last year. And the passing game shouldn’t be a whole lot different, with Matt Hasselbeck replacing Kerry Collins as a smart but unspectacular veteran. Not much suggests that Tennessee should show much improvement, but Chris Johnson remains a wild card. If Johnson approaches the numbers he put up in 2009 (2,006 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns), the Titans could fight their way into contention in the AFC South.  

Week 1: at Jacksonville

AFC Conference Odds at Bovada as of September 01:
Indianapolis Colts 9/1
Houston Texans 12/1
Jacksonville Jaguars 35/1
Tennessee Titans 35/1

2011 Tennessee Titans Schedule (All times Eastern)

01 Sep 11 TEN @ JAC (EverBank Field 1:00pm CBS)
02 Sep 18 BAL @ TEN (LP Field 1:00pm CBS)
03 Sep 25 DEN @ TEN (LP Field 1:00pm CBS)
04 Oct 02 TEN @ CLE (Cleveland Browns Stadium 1:00pm CBS)
05 Oct 09 TEN @ PIT (Heinz Field 1:00pm CBS)
06 Bye
07 Oct 23 HOU @ TEN (LP Field 1:00pm CBS)
08 Oct 30 IND @ TEN (LP Field 1:00pm CBS)
09 Nov 06 CIN @ TEN (LP Field 4:05pm CBS)
10 Nov 13 TEN @ CAR (Bank of America Stadium 1:00pm CBS)
11 Nov 20 TEN @ ATL (Georgia Dome 1:00pm CBS)
12 Nov 27 TB @ TEN (LP Field 1:00pm FOX)
13 Dec 04 TEN @ BUF (Ralph Wilson Stadium 1:00pm CBS)
14 Dec 11 NO @ TEN (LP Field 1:00pm FOX)
15 Dec 18 TEN @ IND (Lucas Oil Stadium 1:00pm CBS)
16 Dec 24 JAC @ TEN (LP Field 1:00pm CBS)
17 Jan 01 TEN @ HOU (Reliant Stadium 1:00pm CBS)