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Tennessee Titans Betting Odds

Easy to look good when the pressure is off, isn’t it?

That’s the best way to describe Tennessee’s 2009. It opened as a disaster, as the Titans lost their first six games. Then, the seeds of change were sown. Figuring their year was done already, Tennessee installed Vince Young as its starting quarterback. The next thing the Titans knew, they won their next five and went 8-2 over their last 10 games. The Titans never reached the playoffs but they played so well down the stretch that it almost felt like they did. The question bettors have to ask now is: Are they for real, or did they only play well because they felt no pressure?

Titans Odds to win Division: +400 Titans Regular Season Win Total: 8 (OV -110, UN -120) Titans Super Bowl Odds: 30 to 1 SBG Global conservatively expects the Titans to repeat last season's eight wins even though those victories all came in the final 10 games. There’s reason to understand that pessimism, especially looking at the Titans’ defense. It was the AFC’s worst against the pass last year, allowing 258.7 yards per game. Losing Albert Haynesworth hurt their pass rush and run defense; they could suffer again in 2010 after losing Kyle Vanden Bosch and Keith Bulluck from their front seven. Then again, Jason Jones could help fuel a defensive turnaround. He played very well as Haynesworth’s replacement last year but started just seven games after injuring his shoulder.

Tennessee also drafted the highly-touted Derrick Morgan, who could be an upgrade over Vanden Bosch as early as this season. The Titans’ offense is half-effective. Chris Johnson topped 2,000 yards on the ground last season and leads what should once again be among the very best, if not the best, rushing attack in the league. Vince Young is also a consistent threat to make plays with his feet. But can the Titans’ passing game take a step forward? Young was more of a caretaker to Johnson last year. The cupboard of receiving options isn’t totally bare; Nate Washington can stretch the field and Kenny Britt showed No. 1 wideout ability as a rookie. But is Young good enough to get them the ball? He was poised last season – when the pressure was off. The last time Young was expected to lead a winning team, he became an emotional wreck. Now that Tennessee is projected for eight-plus wins and a playoff push, will Young answer the bell? Tennessee could improve this year. The defense shouldn’t be quite so bad and the Titans’ rushing attack is amazing. But betting on them in the AFC South comes down to whether or not you believe in Vince Young. He’s shown he’s a winner when the games mean very little. It’s time for him to show he can win the big ones too.