Titans Don't Have Favorable Odds Going Into the Season
The Tennessee Titans made the playoffs last season, and advanced to the Divisional round, where they were defeated by the New England Patriots. Despite their success and the fact that they have a young team that will get better, the Titans odds to win the Super Bowl aren’t very good.
At 45-1. The Titans have better odds of winning the Super Bowl than only a few teams that aren’t expected to contend this season.
So, why does a team that made the playoffs and won a playoff game on the road not have better odds to win the Super Bowl?
There are a few answers to that question, but the answer that makes the most sense is the fact that there is uncertainty surrounding the team.
Last season, Mike Mularkey was Tennessee’s head coach and led the team to a 9-7 finish, one game behind the Jacksonville Jaguars, who won the AFC South. Despite the fact that he led the team to their first playoff appearance since 2008, Mularkey was not offered a contract extension, which upset him.
During their playoff run, Mularkey went public with the fact that he felt he deserved an extension, but by the time the Titans were ready to offer a new contract, he decided to leave the team and go somewhere he feels appreciated.
After Mularkey’s departure, the Titans hired former Patriots linebacker Mike Vrabel as their new head coach. Since this is Vrabel’s first head coaching job, it is impossible to say how well he will do, which is one of the reasons the Titans odds to win the Super Bowl next season isn’t very good.
If the team starts off hot, expect their odds to significantly improve.
Another reason the Titans aren’t getting a lot of love from the odds makers is the fact that they have made some roster changes, one of which was getting rid of running back DeMarco Murray.
Murray had been sharing the load with Derrick Henry for the last two seasons, but the Titans feel he is on the decline after turning 30 during the season. They also like what they have seen from Henry over the past two years and believe he is ready to carry the load by himself, after rushing for 744 yards and five touchdowns last season.
If Henry plays as well as expected, the Titans won’t second guess getting rid of Murray. But, if he struggles next season, their offense will be forced to rely on Marcus Mariota to lead them to victory, making them one-dimensional.
Mariota played well in the playoffs last year, throwing for 459 yards, four touchdowns and one interception.
Tennessee’s defense is also expected to be improved this season after the team used its first two picks to select linebackers. They also signed offensive linemen Xavier Su'a-Filo, Kevin Pamphile, Josh Kline to help protect and keep Mariota healthy this season.
With the moves the Titans have made this offseason, they should be able to contend for the AFC South title. However, with the Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts and Jacksonville Jaguars exp0ected to be improved this season, the AFC South will be a tough division to win, which means the Titans can’t afford to lose too many games this season.

 


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