The Titans finished the regular season at 13-3 straight up and 12-4 against the NFL odds. Tennessee couldn’t continue that success in the playoffs as they lost to Baltimore
NFL odds should have Tennessee in the mix in the AFC South again this season. Head coach Jeff Fisher begins his 15th year at the helm and his teams are always well prepared. The Titans did lose defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth in the off-season so not everything is positive heading into 2009.
Tennessee was a huge surprise last season in NFL odds at the sportsbook. They were not expected to be that good. Kerry Collins came in and took over the quarterback job and simply led them to victories every week. Tennessee had a great running game with Chris Johnson and LenDale White and their defense was the second best in the league. Losing Haynesworth hurts but the Titans still have Jevon Kearse and Kyle Vanden Bosch. Their secondary is strong as well with Cortland Finnegan, Michael Griffin and Nick Harper.
The Titans will look to have a similar offense in 2009. Johnson and White are excellent runners and Collins doesn’t make many mistakes. As sports betting information shows, Vince Young wants the quarterback job back but he makes mistakes and head coach Jeff Fisher is not stupid enough to turn his offense over to a mistake prone quarterback. The Titans did bring in Nate Washington to upgrade the receiving corps but he is not a number one threat. The Titans will still have to work the ball down the field with their strong rushing attack and efficient passing game.
Whenever a team has a surprising season it is very possible they fall back the next year in NFL odds. That could easily happen to Tennessee in 2009. The Titans shouldn’t fall that far since Fisher is a very good coach and most of their pieces from last year are still in place. Perhaps they go to a 10-6 team and instead of losing in the playoffs versus the NFL odds, actually win. The Titans are 25 to 1 to win Super Bowl XLIV in NFL odds at the sportsbook. They open up the season on NBC on Thursday night where they are a 4.5 point underdog to the defending Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers.