Following a hot 7-3 start to the 2022 season, the Tennessee Titans suffered a total collapse and lost their final seven games. It was a brutal way to end what could have been one of the best seasons in franchise history. The 2022 Titans had four Pro Bowlers and two AP All-Pros, yet failed in the most miserable ways down the stretch.
The team fell apart due to inconsistent play at key positions and injuries to the guys who were actually producing. The biggest injury was to starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill who missed five games. Meanwhile, Taylor Lewan missed 15, and Harold Landry was on the shelf for the entire season.
Despite their issues on the field in the second half of the season, the Titans were good NFL picks most weeks against the spread (ATS). Overall, Tennessee finished with the eighth-best ATS record in the league at 9-7-1 and posted a return on investment (ROI) of +5.84%.
While they made bettors some money on the year, the Titans really shined at home with the second-best record against the NFL spread at 6-2-1. As a result, bettors who exclusively took Tennessee at home walked away with an extra 3.75 units.
Regarding the Titans’ NFL betting odds for the upcoming season, they have a projected win total of 7.5 games, with +200 NFL odds to make the playoffs. Tennessee’s chances to win the division are slim at +325, while their odds to win the AFC are astronomically high at +5000.
Tennessee Titans, Yay or Nay?
With the ninth easiest schedule in the NFL this season, some new and exciting players, and depth at key positions, I feel good about the Titan’s chances to have a better-than-expected season. Therefore, I have to say yay to the Titans in regard to their win total of 7.5.
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Three Players to Watch
The first and most obvious choice of players to keep an eye on at Titans camp is new wideout, DeAndre Hopkins. The five-time All-Pro receiver made the NFL news after announcing his return to the AFC South on a two-year, $26 million deal worth up to $32M with incentives. Hopkins was released by the Arizona Cardinals in May after the franchise failed to trade him in the offseason due to an inflated contract.
Hopkins averaged 7.1 catches and 79.7 yards per game last season, which ranked him fourth and 10th, respectively.
Another player I will watch closely during the preseason is quarterback Will Levis. He’s currently third on the depth chart behind Tannehill and Malik Willis, but I believe the rookie has the chops to lead an NFL team under center with some quality coaching. In 10 open training practices, Lewis is 65-of-107 with two interceptions during camp. Willis has similar numbers.
Ryan Tannehill watching Will Levis and Malik Willis battle for QB2 pic.twitter.com/HdFJsPxmIJ
— Stoney Keeley (@StoneyKeeley) August 17, 2023
In last week’s loss to the Bears, both Willis and Levis showed their need for improvement with four sacks and an interception each. Willis also fumbled twice.
My eyes will also be on the kickers for this team, Caleb Shadak, and Trey Wolff. Through 10 camp practices, Shaduk is 40-of-44 on field goal attempts, while Wolff is 46-of-51. But, when the pressure was on, Wolff folded and missed his only attempt from 48 yards. Neither are particularly sexy options, but somebody will have to step up and make some kicks in 2023 if the Titans hope to take a step forward.
Craig Aukerman says the kicking competition is “neck and neck” with Caleb Shudak and Trey Wolff pic.twitter.com/YNmZ7ctokY
— Mickey Ryan (@MickeyRyan1045) August 14, 2023
At the current BetUS Sportsbook NFL lines, the Titans are -260 to miss the playoffs despite bringing in some help in the offseason to fill gaps. Despite having the second-best odds of winning the AFC South, it’s the weakest division in the NFL, and Tennessee has a solid shot to upset the favored Jacksonville Jaguars at -165.
If I had to make a bet online on the Titans this season, I would bet them to go over their 7.5 games season win total and consider a few bucks for them to win the division at a juicy +325.