The Titans may not be too exciting this season, and after a disappointing season in 2013, more hard times may be coming. Even though they may not win many games, their NFL Odds this offseason can still tell a story of how they may be valued in the regular season.
Super Bowl (+10,000)
While you’d be pretty crazy to take the Titans to win the Super Bowl as your betting pick for this season, Tennessee has a little bit of buzz surrounding them. Even though it probably won’t amount to anything, it does give this team some hope for the future. Ken Whisenhunt is a great hire for this team and should bring a winning philosophy to the town of Nashville. However the young Titans have a long way to go, especially on offense. However, their defense should at the very least be average this year. Tennessee had one of the tougher secondaries in football last season, and even though the loss of Alterraun Verner will hurt, even without him, the Titans should have some passing defense upside. If their signings and draft picks in the front seven pan out, this team could have some nice defensive upside.
Even though Tennessee’s defensive upside likely won’t account to any offseason NFL Odds value, it could become a nice source of value for them ATS this season. Signings Wesley Woodyard and Shaun Phillips should add some nice depth to this linebacking core, and if the Titans can stop the run better than they did in 2013, these futures may indicate that the Titans are going to be undervalued. However even though their defense should be pretty good, and even though they play in the worst division in football, they still need to score points. This could prove difficult for the Titans, especially if they don’t have any consistent quarterback play. Jake Locker looks to still be the starter even though the team drafted Zach Mettenberger, and even with Charlie Whitehurst on the roster, Locker will probably get his opportunities this season.
AFC South (+500)
Locker has been unable to stay healthy for an entire season throughout his three-year career, and in a possible 48 games, he has played only 23. Whisenhunt will probably give him a fair shake at the starting job this year, and it’s likely because he doesn’t have any better option. Mettenberger probably won’t be ready to start an NFL game by Week 1 of this season, and while people are down on Locker in some instances, there are others who think if healthy, he may be in for a big season for the Titans. His arm has never been the question; it’s more about Locker’s accuracy. Another question for the Titans’ offense this season is their skill players. Outside of Kendall Wright they don’t have a lot of receiving depth, and now without Chris Johnson, the Titans will turn to a tandem of Shonn Greene, and rookie Bishop Sankey. If those two don’t run the ball successfully, Locker’s chances of making an impact drop significantly. However watch in the preseason, because even though I’m skeptical, Tennessee has a chance to be a better NFL betting pick this season than what their future odds suggest.