Tune in to the “Ultimate Betting Show” on NESN on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. ET for daily NFL training camp previews. Next up: the Tennessee Titans.
The Titans were littered with injuries a season ago. There were a combined 336 games missed by their roster members in 2021. Ninety-one players played at least one snap for Tennessee last season, which was an NFL record. Despite their hardships, the Titans were able to go 12-5 and capture the AFC South division. For that reason, head coach Mike Vrabel won the NFL Coach of the Year award.
While Tennessee battled hard to reach the postseason, the Cincinnati Bengals would end its season with a 19-16, heart-breaking loss in the AFC Divisional Round.
The Titans enter 2022 with some key offensive changes. They traded star wide receiver A.J. Brown to the Philadelphia Eagles and terminated the contract of Julio Jones. They drafted intriguing rookies in hopes of replenishing their receiving depth, which will make for an interesting season.
Here’s what bettors need to know about the 2022 Titans:
2021 In Review
12-5, first in AFC South
10-7 against the spread
Key offseason additions
WR Robert Woods
WR Treylon Burks
TE Austin Hooper
Key offseason losses
WR A.J. Brown
G Roger Saffold
LB Rashaan Evans
Look ahead to 2022
Super Bowl: +4000
Win total: 9 (over -105)
To make playoffs: Yes, +100
2022 award contenders
MVP: Derrick Henry +5000
Coach of the Year: Mike Vrabel +2500
Offensive Player of the Year: Derrick Henry +1400
Offensive Rookie of the Year: Treylon Burks +1000
Comeback Player of the Year: Derrick Henry +400
Oddsmakers do not appear to be super high on the Titans heading into the season. An overhauled AFC will make for a challenging run for any team in the conference. Among the improved teams are the Indianapolis Colts, who could challenge Tennessee for the division thanks to the addition of quarterback Matt Ryan.
The biggest concern for this Titans team is that Vrabel does not have the offensive firepower he’s accustomed to. Ryan Tannehill is a serviceable quarterback, but he’ll now be throwing to Woods, a 30-year-old receiver coming off an ACL tear, and a pair of rookies — Burks and Kyle Phillips — as primary options. There are a lot more unknowns this season for what’s been a generally consistent organization since Vrabel arrived.
The best bet on the board might be Henry for NFL Offensive Player of the Year at +1400. He won the award in 2020 and will need to be incredible again for this new-look offense to have success. The Over of nine games feels like the safest bet, as the AFC South is still fairly weak and the Titans should be able to get to at least 10-7 next season.