2011 Tennessee Titans Predictions & Odds To Win The Super Bowl
2011 Tennessee Titans Predictions
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It’s Out with the Old and In with the New In Tennessee, Will Changes Spur Success?
Adios Vince Young and Jeff Fisher and hello Matt Hasselbeck, Jake Locker and Mike Munchak.
That’s right pro football fanatics and football betting enthusiasts, the Tennessee Titans (6-10 SU, 8-8 ATS, 9-7 O/U) are going to be a team in the midst of big change as they get set for the start of the upcoming 2011 NFL regular season.
Whether that change helps the team get back into postseason remains to be seen, but from where I’m sitting it looks like the Titans have nowhere to go but up!
Longtime head coach Jeff Fisher is gone after 16 full seasons and in his place is longtime assistant Mike Munchak.
Munchak inherits a Titans team that has numerous question marks on both sides of the ball.
Offensively, the Titans ranked 25th in passing and 17th in rushing despite the fact that Chris Johnson rushed for 1,364 yards and a 4.3-yard per carry average.
The Titans brought in veteran quarterback Matt Hasselbeck to lead the team until first round draft pick Jake Locker, the No. 8 pick in the draft is ready to lead them into the future.
Munchak says he expects to win now, but the fact of the matter is that the Titans aren’t quite ripe just yet.
The Titans also have a new offensive coordinator in Chris Palmer and he wants to run the ball more in 2011, so NFL gamblers can expect a bigger season out of Chris Johnson – if the team can throw the ball better to keep defenses off balance.
The Titans have a gifted wideout in Kenny Britt, but the enigmatic has more than his share of off-field problems so you just never know when he’ll be suspended for something stupid. Outside of Johnson and Britt however, the Titans just don’t have many playmakers on offense.
Tennessee also has a new defensive coordinator in Jerry Gray and the plan here is for the Titans to blitz more in 2011. The Titans ranked 29th in pass defense last season and 2oth against the run so this team clearly has its work cut out for them on this side of the ball.
The Titans lost defensive end Jason Babin in free agency and need 2010 first round pick Derrick Morgan to step in and pick up the slack.
Tennessee used its second round pick to tab linebacker Akeem Ayers out of UCLA and he will be expected to contribute immediately. The Titans also added former Miami Hurricanes linebacker Colin McCarthy in the fourth round and he will see plenty of playing time as a rookie as well.
The Titans open on the road at Jacksonville (loss) before coming back home to host Baltimore and Denver in what looks like a split that will leave them at 1-2 after three games.
Road games at Cleveland and Pittsburgh should drop Tennessee to 1-4 before the Titans get a bye in Week 6.
A pair of home losses to Houston and Indianapolis could leave the rebuilding ballclub at 1-6 before the Titans get a win at home over the Bengals in Week 9.
Tennessee then has road games at Carolina (loss) and Atlanta (loss) followed by a home matchup against Tampa Bay (loss) in Week 12.
Now sitting at 2-9 SU, I like the Titans to beat the Buffalo Bills on the road before falling at home to New Orleans and on the road at Indy in Weeks 14 and 15.
The Titans should be able to get the home win against Jacksonville in Week 16 before falling to Houston on the road in their regular season finale.
By the Betting Numbers
I’m going to urge NFL gamblers to expect Tennessee to finish right around 8-8 ATS this season, although they could be even better with the benefit of some high point spreads. As far as the Over/Under is concerned, I’m expecting the Titans to play Under the Total a few more times than Over as Matt Hasselbeck gets used to his new team and offense.
In the end, I think Mike Munchak will be pleased at the progress his rebuilding ballclub shows this season. -Eric Williams
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