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Tips For Betting On Tennessee Titans – A Vulnerable AFC South Gives Tennessee A Postseason Shot

Posted by Tony Bryant on 7/23/2012 6:25:51 PM

Head Coach: Mike Munchak
Offensive Coordinator: Chris Palmer
Defensive Coordinator: Jerry Gray
Owner: Bud Adams
Stadium: LP Field
Capacity: 68,798
Super Bowl Wins: None

Offense

The foremost betting websites will tell you that a team has to be able to hang its hat on something in order to become a playoff team. In 2011, the Titans finished 17th in the NFL with 5,361 yards of offense. Alarmingly, Tennessee finished with an average of just 89.9 rushing yards per game, second-worst in the league. The good (or not overwhelmingly bad, at least…) news is that the only team with a worse rushing average was the New York Giants, the team that won the Super Bowl. All in all, this is an offense in search of an identity. The Titans always played hard, even though they didn't always play well.

Backup quarterback Jake Locker, a top-10 draft choice for the team in 2011, showed off his skills on the occasions when he replaced starter Matt Hasselbeck. There was an "always knocking at the door" feel to the 2011 Titans. They put themselves in position to win on a majority of Sundays, but didn't always close the sale. They didn't have quite the diversity of weapons needed to reach the next level, so in the recent draft, they went out and got themselves an electric playmaker, Baylor wide receiver Kendall Wright. Now, the pieces of the puzzle need to come together if this team is to move upward in the AFC's pecking order.

Grade: C

Defense

Online football betting lines will adjust to the Titans based on how the team's rushing defense performs this season. Tennessee's defense was hardly special in 2011, finishing 18th in the league by allowing 5,682 yards. What has to worry head coach Mike Munchak is that his team gave up over 128 rushing yards per game. That's the ninth-worst total in the league, something that has to be addressed and corrected this coming autumn. If Tennessee's front four can't plug gaps and stiffen up against between-the-tackles running plays, the Titans will be exposed and vulnerable in the face of prime opposition. A team in search of a playoff spot has to find much more of a backbone in this most elemental aspect of professional football: stopping the run. You can't make a deep playoff run without it.

Grade: C+

Special Teams

Prevailing online sports books odds are going to fluctuate in response to the Titans' special teams performance. An average of 38.7 net yards per punt is decidedly poor. On the other hand, placekicker Rob Bironas was spectacular for Tennessee last season, hitting 27 of 28 field goals and delivering the kind of consistency that every NFL head coach dreams about.

Grade: B+

Prediction

The Titans aren't going to flop, but the question is if they can excel. The quarterback situation is not particularly promising; Hasselbeck is old and brittle while Locker needs to prove himself. An 8-8 season will generate frustration among Tennessee fans, but that's what the Titans are looking at. 

2012 Schedule

Week 1 – vs. New England (1:00 PM ET)
Week 2 – at San Diego (4:25 PM ET)
Week 3 – vs. Detroit (1:00 PM ET)
Week 4 – at Houston (1:00 PM ET)
Week 5 – at Minnesota (1:00 PM ET)
Week 6 – vs. Pittsburgh (Thursday, 8:20 PM ET)
Week 7 – at Buffalo (1:00 PM ET)
Week 8 – vs. Indianapolis (1:00 PM ET)
Week 9 – vs. Chicago (1:00 PM ET)
Week 10 – at Miami (1:00 PM ET)
Week 12 – at Jacksonville (1:00 PM ET)
Week 13 – vs. Houston (1:00 PM ET)
Week 14 – at Indianapolis (1:00 PM ET)
Week 15 – vs. New York Jets (Monday, 8:30 PM ET)
Week 16 – at Green Bay (1:00 PM ET)
Week 17 – vs. Jacksonville (1:00 PM ET)


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