Only three teams in the National Football League have finished with a record above .500 in each of the last five seasons, and only one of those three squads added someone by the name of Julio Jones in the offseason – the Tennessee Titans.
Over at OddsChecker, 17.4% of all Super Bowl bets placed in the month of June were on Tennessee, which was more than double that of the team in third place (the Denver Broncos, 7.9%). While bettors have turned their attention to various other teams in July and August, we simply cannot forget about the Titans.
Given that most people aren’t all that fond of just throwing their money away, let’s examine why the Titans were such a popular bet to win it all, and why we should turn back to them with the regular season right around the corner.
Titans Defensive Outlook
The biggest question marks for the Titans are on the defensive side of the ball, but there is a reason to be optimistic about their outlook in 2021, and that reason’s name is Bud Dupree.
While Tennessee finished with the eighth-most takeaways last year, they had an absolutely brutal time getting after the quarterback, as their 19 sacks ranked third-worst in the league and was the worst mark by a playoff team in the last 40 years. According to Pro Football Reference, the Titans also ranked second-worst in the league with a pressure rate of 17.6%.
The Titans signed Jadeveon Clowney in the hopes of fixing their biggest weakness, but he failed to register a single sack in the eight games that he played.
Enter Dupree, who has spent the last six seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Over his last 27 games, the 28-year-old has amassed 19.5 sacks.
Dupree alone won’t solve all of Tennessee’s woes on this side of the ball, but it’s not as if this team needs to sport an elite defense to contend for a Championship. Their offense is, to put it plainly, THAT good.
Titans Offensive Outlook
Let’s get this out of the way – the team that finished fourth in points and second in yards in 2020 was able to attain one of the best wideouts in all of football this offseason. They’re going to score points, a whole lot of them.
Tennessee’s offense is helmed by perhaps the most underrated quarterback in the league, Ryan Tannehill. In 26 starts since joining the Titans, Tannehill has completed 67% of his passes for 6,417 yards, 55 touchdowns, just 12 interceptions, and a 111.3 Passer Rating. For good measure, he’s also added 447 yards and 11 scores on the ground during that stretch.
If that’s not enough, the Titans also have Derrick Henry, a bulldozer who has led the league in rushing in each of the last two seasons.
At receiver, recently acquired Julio Jones has more receiving yards than any other player since entering the league in 2011. Of course, he’ll be joined by the dynamic A.J. Brown, whose 2,126 yards and 19 touchdowns are the 20th-most and 11th-most all-time, respectively, by a wideout in his first two seasons in the NFL.
If you’re itching to make a bet on the Titans now, wait until you see their odds.
Tennessee Titans 2021 Super Bowl Odds
Here at OddsChecker, our goal is for you to get the best odds for any bet you’re looking to make. And, if you peep over at our Super Bowl page, you’ll see that you can bet the Titans to win it all for as low as 30/1 odds. Yum.
Between an improving defense, an explosive offense that got even better, and those kinds of odds, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see why so many people were betting on the Titans to hoist the Lombardi Trophy when the 2021 season comes to an end.
This is still a great time to buy a ticket and board the Tennessee bandwagon.