8-8 (6-10 ATS), 3rd Place AFC South in 2009
It was a tale of two seasons for the 2009 Tennessee Titans. They started off the year with QB Kerry Collins at quarterback, but the team lost all six of his efforts as a starter. From that point on, QB Vince Young took over, and all of the results changed. The Titans nearly clawed their way back into the playoffs in spite of the 0-6 start, and there was no shame in ending the year at a level 8-8. The biggest question for 2010 is which one of these two teams will be the one that HC Jeff Fisher fields at the outset of the year.
2010 Draft: Tennessee badly needed to add a pass rusher in this draft, and it did just that by finding DE Derrick Morgan out of Georgia Tech with the 16th selection. Considering the fact that the days of having bookends of DEs Kyle Vanden Bosch and Jevon Kearse are gone, there is no doubt that Morgan is going to start from Day 1 on the outside of the defensive line, and he'll be counted upon for some hefty sack stats as well.
Offensive Outlook: It's hard to like the numbers for QB Vince Young, but how can you argue with a man that won eight of his ten starts? Young only threw for 1,879 yards and averaged just one TD pass per start last season. However, when you have a man like RB Chris Johnson to turn around and hand the ball to, leading an offense is significantly easier. Johnson rushed for a whopping 2,006 yards last year and finished off the season with 11 straight 100+ yard games on the ground. He also led the team in receptions and was a regular target for Young on check downs. WR Kenny Britt showed some signs of brilliance in his rookie season, averaging 16.7 yards per catch.
Defensive Outlook: This was where the Titans had a real problem in 2009. The team allowed 365.6 yards per game, the fourth worst mark in the league. The team was particularly woeful through the air, giving up 258.7 yards per game. That's why Morgan was such an important addition through the NFL Draft. DB Cortland Finnegan did have a decent season, picking off five passes, one of which came back for a touchdown. It was one of the four defensive TDs that the Titans scored on the year. Fisher knows that there is plenty of work to do with this team, but in comparison to the first six games of the year when Tennessee averaged allowing 33.0 PPG, conceding 20.4 PPG in the final ten isn't terrible.
2010 Betting Outlook: One would promptly look at a 6-10 ATS season and think that the Titans were a waste for NFL betting fans. However, they were just 1-5 ATS when Young took over. The team promptly covered four straight spreads. Buyer beware, though. Tennessee finished out the season at 1-5 ATS and might end up putting up similar numbers at the start of this year as well.
All Odds for 2010 NFL betting season can be found at Bookmaker Sportsbook. Tennessee Titans Predictions: 8-8, 3rd Place in AFC South 2010 Tennessee Titans Schedule
Tennessee Titans Odds To Win AFC South: +350
Tennessee Titans Odds To Win AFC: +1500
Tennessee Titans Odds To Win Super Bowl XLV: +4000
Tennessee Titans Regular Season Win Total: 8.5 over -110
There's something about this Tennessee team that we still aren't all that fond of. The defense still isn't fantastic, and Young is going to have a heck of a lot harder time producing points if Johnson isn't totaling over 2,500 yards of offense in 2010. Fisher's team isn't one to count out under any circumstance, as we saw last season, but it is hard to see this team doing better than it did last year. Going .500 would be a fair result for a mediocre club.
Week 1 - Home vs. Raiders
Week 2 - Home vs. Steelers
Week 3 - Away @ Giants
Week 4 - Home vs. Broncos
Week 5 - Away @ Cowboys
Week 6 - Away @ Jaguars
Week 7 - Home vs. Eagles
Week 8 - Away @ Chargers
Week 9 - Bye
Week 10 - Away @ Dolphins
Week 11 - Home vs. Redskins
Week 12 - Away @ Texans
Week 13 - Home vs. Jaguars
Week 14 - Home vs. Colts
Week 15 - Home vs. Texans
Week 16 - Away @ Chiefs
Week 17 - Away @ Colts
Tennessee Titans Predictions: 8-8, 3rd Place in AFC South
2010 Tennessee Titans Schedule
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