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The Tennessee Titans will have to defy the odds to win a third straight AFC South crown. Bookmakers tip the Titans as the second-best bet at +155 to win the AFC South crown, after the odds-on favorites Indianapolis Colts. They’re also projecting a nine-win regular season total for the two-time defending title holders, but the under is favored as we look at the latest odds on the board.
If you’re a forward-thinking NFL bettor, as we are, then read on for our way too early game-by-game predictions for the Tennessee Titans. We dive into their NFL schedule, examine the NFL expert picks, and take into consideration the latest NFL news, trades, injury reports, and more before delivering our NFL predictions.
2022 NFL Futures – Tennessee Titans
- Super Bowl LVII –+3000
- AFC Conference — +1400
- AFC South — +155
- Regular Season Win Totals O 9 -105/ U 9 -125
Titans Overcome Injury-Riddled 2021 Season
The injuries mounted, but the wins kept coming. That was the backstory to Tennessee’s 2021 campaign, which culminated in a second straight AFC South crown and Mike Vrabel earning the AP NFL Coach of the Year nod.
Some injuries are easily overcome, others are not. Losing running back Derrick Henry to an ankle injury was without question a huge blow – one many believed would sink the Titans’ season. Tale told, it didn’t. Ryan Tannehill and the offense adapted quickly to Henry’s absence. The defense stepped up and Vrabel and the staff came up with some great game plans down the stretch, so that by the end of it all, they finished with a 12-5-0 record and the No. 1 seed in the AFC.
The Titans’ offseason saw a few keynote changes made, such as wide receivers Julio Jones and A.J. Brown leaving. On the flip side, they drafted a rookie quarterback in Malik Willis. Tannehill is still expected to be the starter, but for the first time in a while, he has a shadow over his shoulder. It will be interesting to see how it affects Tannehill’s game.
More importantly, the Tennessee Titans are in the best position to make history by winning three straight AFC South crowns. They’re arguably one of the strongest – and most consistent – teams in a weak division. The Jacksonville Jaguars and Houston Texans are in rebuild mode and don’t figure to factor in the equation. Whereas the Colts are the only legitimate rivals on paper, but with a new quarterback at the helm, it’s anybody’s guess how that experiment pans out. The Philip Rivers and Carson Wentz experiments didn’t work out.
So, with that in mind, here’s how the Titans will fare as we look at each and every single game below and offer our way too early predictions.
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Tennessee Titans Game-by-Game Predictions
Week 1 vs New York Giants – Sunday, Sept. 11, 2022 – 4:25 p.m. ET
The Giants have upgraded at almost every level except at quarterback. They’re hoping that new head coach Brian Daboll, who was the Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator, will somehow turn Daniel Jones into Josh Allen 2.0. Hope springs eternal, so they say.
Week 2 at Buffalo Bills – Monday, Sept. 19, 2022 – 7:15 p.m. ET
The Bills are touted as this season’s Super Bowl favorites. So, if there’s an optimum time to catch them, it’s early in the season when they’re still adjusting to personnel and staffing changes. The Titans have had Buffalo’s number in recent meetings, including last season’s 34-31 upset win. Just as Allen and Co. were coming off the previous week’s high of defeating the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead for the first time. Getting the win over the Bills at Orchard Park in prime time is no mean feat, but the Titans are exactly the type of team that can test the best in the game,
Week 3 vs Las Vegas Raiders – Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022 – 1 p.m. ET
The Raiders hired New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and brought in fresh-faced talent, including highly sought-after wide receiver Davante Adams. These improvements have raised expectations in Las Vegas, though the quarterback remains the same. Derek Carr has done well enough in his career, but is he elite? No. He isn’t. Invariably, he has struggled to close out games against good teams consistently.
Week 4 at Indianapolis Colts – Sunday, Oct. 2, 2022 – 1 p.m. ET
The Colts were a good team last season, but they didn’t have the right quarterback and the Titans swept this series. Frank Reich and Co. are hoping veteran quarterback Matt Ryan is the answer. By October, Ryan will have had enough time to settle into his new role, making this a fascinating divisional battle. Divisional games are tough to predict, but the advantage goes to the Colts at home here.
Week 5 at Washington Commanders – Sunday, Oct. 9, 2022 – 1 p.m. ET
Carson Wentz and the Washington Commanders welcome the Titans to the nation’s capital for a second road game in a row. Wentz is on his third team in less than two years, after leaving Philly in a huff and then being packed out of Indy after one season. How many more chances will Wentz get to prove himself as a starter? Probably not that many. One wonders if he will still be the starter by Week 5?
Week 6 BYE
Week 7 vs Indianapolis Colts – Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022 – 1 p.m. ET
The Titans catch their biggest rivals in the AFC South twice in the first half of the season. They split the series for the third time in four years.
Week 8 at Houston Texans – Sunday, Oct. 30, 2022 – 1 p.m. ET
Lovie Smith inherited a shambles of a team in Houston. Whatever roster improvements the Texans made in the offseason, they don’t have a viable quarterback and the talent gap remains huge.
Week 9 at Kansas City Chiefs – Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022 – 8:20 p.m. ET
The Chiefs were absolutely decimated at Nissan Stadium last season by the Titans in one of the most lopsided losses of Patrick Mahomes’ career. Somehow, it’s hard to see it happening two seasons in a row when the Chiefs will be playing at home with the national spotlight on Arrowhead this around.
Week 10 vs Denver Broncos – Sunday, Nov. 13, 2022 — 1 p.m. ET
By week 10, Russell Wilson should be settled into the Broncos offense. The veteran quarterback has a 1-2 record against the Titans, losing his last two meetings, including a heartbreaker last season in overtime (33-30). The Titans should win this contest, but the Broncos could pull off the upset.
Week 11 at Green Bay Packers – Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022 – 8:15 p.m. ET
Green Bay went undefeated at Lambeau last season behind an 8-0 record. In the last two seasons, the Packers have gone 15-1 at home. Simply put, beating the Packers on their turf in a prime-time game on a short week is a big ask.
Week 12 vs Cincinnati Bengals – Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022 – 1 p.m. ET
The Bengals knocked out the Titans in the divisional round of the playoffs last year. This is going to be all about payback as the Titans look to atone for their disappointing postseason run as the No. 1 seed in the AFC.
Week 13 at Philadelphia Eagles – Sunday, Dec 4, 2022 – 1 p.m. ET
A.J. Brown’s reunion with the Titans will be the backstory to this intriguing Week 13 matchup against the Eagles. Vrabel and Co. have been criticized a lot for letting Brown go, so the only thing to quash that criticism would be a big win with Tannehill and the Titans offense showcasing their new offensive weapons.
Week 14 vs Jacksonville Jaguars – Sunday, Dec. 11, 2022 – 1 p.m. ET
Doug Pederson is a huge improvement on Urban Meyer, and his record of developing quarterbacks is encouraging for Trevor Lawrence. The Jaguars will be better this season, but the Titans are better than Jacksonville.
Week 15 at Los Angeles Chargers – Sunday, Dec. 18, 2022 – 4:25 p.m. ET
The Chargers improved on the defensive side of the ball and the O-line, setting up Justin Herbert and the offense to make a huge leap in 2022. The Chargers were contending for a playoff spot last season, but they narrowly missed the cut. With the premium on wins at this stage high, the Chargers will have learned the lessons of 2021.
Week 16 vs Houston Texans – Saturday, Dec. 24, 2022 – 1 p.m. ET
The Texans shocked the Titans at home last season, clinching the improbable 22-13 win at the NRG Stadium. It’s hard to see history repeating itself.
Week 17 vs Dallas Cowboys – Thursday, Dec. 29, 2022 – 8:15 p.m. ET
Each and every season starts with the Cowboys dubbed as a contender for Super Bowl glory but ends in disappointment. With the departure of Amari Cooper, a fading Ezekiel Elliott, and Mike McCarthy’s hot seat getting hotter, the pressure on Dak Prescott is going to be huge. As such, the Cowboys may well deliver or they might implode. Regardless of what happens to the Cowboys in 2022, they’re not infallible.
Week 18 at Jacksonville Jaguars – Sunday, Jan. 8, 2022 – TBD
The final game of the season is unpredictable because it may or may not be an important game in the broad spectrum of the playoffs. If the Titans have clinched the division and there’s nothing left to play for, the outcome of this game won’t matter. Conversely, if the division title is on the line, then winning will be key. Of course, the Jaguars could play spoilers too.
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Tennessee Titans Regular Season Win Total Betting Verdict:
The Titans should finish the season with a winning record. We’re estimating an 11-6-0 record in our way too early game-by-game predictions and top spot in the AFC South. This means we’re shading the over 9 for our NFL picks here.