Tennessee Titans 2014 NFL Betting Preview

 

 

If you bet frequently on the Titans last season surprisingly you got your money back a lot. Tennessee proved how smart bookmakers can be going 6-6-4 against the number during a 7-9 season. Tennessee was 5-2-1 against the spread on the road. They went over on nine occasions while falling under the total six times and pushing once. The Titans never had a winning streak of more than two games or a losing streak longer than three last season.

titansIf you bet frequently on the Titans last season surprisingly you got your money back a lot. Tennessee proved how smart bookmakers can be going 6-6-4 against the number during a 7-9 season. Tennessee was 5-2-1 against the spread on the road. They went over on nine occasions while falling under the total six times and pushing once. The Titans never had a winning streak of more than two games or a losing streak longer than three last season.

Only the Colts face an easier schedule in the NFL this season than Tennessee. The Titans take on three playoff teams away from home during the first four weeks of the season but starting in week five meet just two more playoffs squads all season. Even if the Titans begin the year 0-4 or 1-3, they have a great chance to roll off four straight wins facing teams that went a combined 13-51 from weeks five thru eight. Their NFC crossover games feature teams from the East, a division that had only one squad with a winning mark last season.

Ken Whisenhunt did wonders last year in San Diego for quarterback Phillip Rivers and now in his first year as the head coach in Tennessee he’ll try to duplicate that success with Jake Locker. Wesley Woodyard was signed away from Denver to play linebacker though he can be used a lot of different ways in new defensive coordinator Ray Horton’s imaginative system. Bishop Sankey takes over at running back after Chris Johnson was signed by the Jets. Shonn Green will provide competition for Sankey. Dexter McCluster should do a bit of everything using his speed to create matchup problems. If first round pick Taylor Lewan stays out of trouble he should be a staple on the offensive line for years to come. Should Locker struggle or go down, the Titans chose Zach Mettenberger in the sixth round of the draft and while he’s had some problems they haven’t typically been on the field.

It’s easy to forget that the Titans were pretty respectable last year. They are 100-1 to win the Super Bowl and 50-1 to capture the AFC. While those goals seem lofty, they have a new coach with a winning track record, and drafted players who have high up sides. It wouldn’t be surprising to see Tennessee take positive steps forward particularly with a soft schedule.