The Tennessee Titans‘ free agent spending spree over-inflated their odds during the early portions of the 2013 offseason. Since then, Tennessee’s odds have fallen significantly when it comes to both the Super Bowl and winning a relatively weak AFC South.
(The first number is from Aug. 24; the second in parenthesis from roughly three months ago to illustrate the change of perception over the offseason.)
Super Bowl Odds: 150-to-1 (110-to-1)
Division Title Odds: +800 (+750)
Season Win Total Line: 6.5 (6.5)
Late-May Snapshot: “The Tennessee Titans currently sit a distant third when it comes to AFC South division title odds, sitting at +750 behind the Indianapolis Colts at +250 and Houston Texans at -250. This makes Tennessee especially intriguing as they possess many of the key components of a team that finished with the AFC’s No. 1 seed just four seasons ago,” I wrote earlier this offseason.
Much has been made of the Tennessee’s major free-agent haul, which has included guard Andy Levitre, tight end Delanie Walker and safeties Georgie Wilson and Bernard Pollard. First-round guard Chance Warmack should be the most critical addition given Tennessee’s need to both create run push for Chris Johnson and interior penetration out of the face of Jake Locker, who was graded as Pro Football Focus’ worst quarterback under pressure last season.
The positive buzz from this active season has apparently worn off with the bookmakers, as Tennessee’s odds have dropped since May.
The most underrated X-Factor here in 2013 is the enormously talented Kenny Britt. The 6-3, 215-pound receiver enters his fifth NFL season but is still just 24 years old. Britt’s ability to stay healthy and out of trouble could see numbers like his superb 2010 campaign — when on the field — notching nine touchdowns and nearly 800 yards receiving in just 12 games.