2010 NFL Team Odds, Preview, & Predictions- Tennessee Titans
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Tennessee Current Odds to Win:
Titans AFC South Odds – 7/2
Titans AFC Championship Lines – 15/1
Titans 2011 Super Bowl Futures – 28/1
Tennessee Titans Season Over/Under Win Total – 8.5
In 2008 the Tennessee Titans went 13-3 and beat out Indianapolis for the AFC South title. With expectations for 2009 running high, they stumbled out of the gate with a close 13-10 loss to Pittsburgh and never seemed to recover ending up losing their first six games. The big question for 2010 is what version of this team is going to show up?
After spending the second half of 2008 and the first half of 2009 on the bench, QB Vince Young is back as the starter for this season.
Coming in last year in relief of Kerry Collins, Young was able to lead this team back to respectability by helping them win eight of their final 10 games to finish at .500 for the year. In his 10 starts, Young threw for 1,879 yards, completing close to 60 percent of his passes. He also ran for close to 300 yards showing the versatility he had demonstrated earlier in his career.
A big part of the Titans success down the stretch last year was the emergence of RB Chris Johnson as the premier back in the league. He finished the year with 2,006 yards on the ground and added another 503 receiving yards to lead the league in both rushing and total yards from scrimmage. Tennessee’s success in 2010 will hinge on his ability to put up numbers like this once again.
After Tennessee decided to rework the final two years of his contract, avoiding a potential holdout, Johnson has been paid and should be ready to go.
If the Titans are going to have any chance of competing with the Colts in the division, they are going to have to do a much better job throwing the ball. Their top WR Nate Washington ended the year with 47 receptions for 569 yards. Look for WR Kenny Britt to play a bigger part in this offense as he only had 42 receptions last season but led the team with a 16.7 yards per catch average.
Another player to watch as a third or fourth receiver is rookie Damian Williams from USC.
Defensively Tennessee needs to improve across the board. Last season they were ranked 28th overall and 31st against the pass. The defense gave up an average of 25.1 points and 365.6 yards per game ranking them near the bottom of the league in both of those categories. This is the primary reason the Titans used the 16th overall pick in the draft to select Georgia Tech DE Derrick Morgan.
Morgan has excellent speed as an outside rusher and plays the run extremely well. Another rookie that could have an immediate impact is third round pick LB Rennie Curren.
After opening the season at home against Oakland, Tennessee faces Pittsburgh, New York (Giants), and Dallas in the next four weeks so they will need to avoid another slow start that plagued them last season.
The real key to 2010 will be how well will Vince Young respond to the pressure when things do not go his way, especially at home.
2010 Prediction: 3rd in the AFC South
Win Total: UNDER
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