2012 Tennessee Titans Predictions & Odds to Win Super Bowl XLVII
2012 Tennessee Titans Predictions
Odds to win Super Bowl XLVII: 50-1
The Titans overachieved last year, finishing the season at 9-7 under first-year coach Mike Munchak. They bolstered their offensive line with the addition of veteran Steve Hutchinson but Jake Scott is gone. Adding Kamerion Wimbley will also help the pass rush. They fired DB coach Marcus Robertson and their best corner Cortland Finnegan is now in St. Louis. They franchised tagged FS Michael Griffin to at least give them some continuity. There is an issue on offense with WR Keinny Britt coming off a serious knee injury and probably not ready for the start of the season.
The offense ranked 17th overall, averaging 335.1ypg and just 89.9ypg on the ground. QB Matt Hasselbeck showed he could still play, throwing 3,571 yards with 18 TDs and 14 picks (82.4 passer rating) in 16 games. Staying healthy has never been easy for the 36-year old Hasselbeck, who was mentoring Jake Locker, who could take the job if he has a big camp. Chris Johnson is coming off a disappointing year, rushing for, 1,047 yards and just four TDs (4ypc) after holding out most of camp. Britt played in just three games and had minor knee surgery in early May. His loss at Nate Washington’s game, who had a career high 74 receptions for 1,023 yards (7 TDs). They also drafted Kendall Wright (5-10, 196), from Baylor with the 20th overall pick, though that was a bit of a reach. He runs well after the catch and play the slot. TE Jared Cook (6-5, 246) was second in catches with 49 for 759 yards. With Hutchinson at left guard, that improves their interior. LT Michael Roos (6-7, 315) and RT David Stewart (6-6, 318) are steady at tackle.
The defense ranked tied for 18th with Arizona, allowing 355.1ypg. They had their biggest issues against the run as they allowed 128.3 yds/game on the ground and gave up an average of 4.5ypc. Up front, DT Jurell Casey (6-1, 300) had 53 tackles and 2.5 sacks in his rookie season. DT Mike Martin (6-1, 306) gives them another player who can rotate at tackle. The Titans missed out on Mario Williams in free agency. They did sign Wimbley (6-4, 255) from Oakland to give them an edge pass rusher. Derrick Morgan has been hampered by injuries and had just 2.5 sacks last year. At linebacker, Colin McCarthy (6-1, 238) had 66 tackles filling in for Barrett Ruud, who left in free agency. They drafted Zach Brown (6-1, 242) out of North Carolina in the second round, who should compete right away for the starting job. Akeem Ayres (6-2, 254) should improve in his second year on the strongside after a so-so rookie season. In the secondary, they will go with Jason McCourty and Alterraun Verner at corner. McCourty led the team in tackles last year with 105, adding two picks. Verner is solid but they have inexperience behind them. Speedy Coty Sensabaugh (6-1, 189) could play right away in the nickel spot. At safety, Griffin had 75 tackles and one pick, while Jordan Babineaux is solid but they lack an athletic guy with range.
Rob Bironas made 29 of 32 kick and was 6-for-7 from beyond 50 yards. He’s one of the best in the game. P Brett Kern averaged 43.6 yards per punt and nailed 31 inside the 20. The return game is led by Marc Mariani, who average 23.4 yards/kick return and 10.7 yards per punt return with one TD. He could use some competition on kick returns.
The Titans probably won’t push the Texans but if everything goes right and Britt returns healthy, they could push teams for the wild card in the AFC.
|Week 1||Sun.||Sep. 9||vs. New England Patriots||1:00 PM ET||CBS|
|Week 2||Sun.||Sep. 16||@ San Diego Chargers||4:25 PM ET||CBS|
|Week 3||Sun.||Sep. 23||vs. Detroit Lions||1:00 PM ET||FOX|
|Week 4||Sun.||Sep. 30||@ Houston Texans||1:00 PM ET||CBS|
|Week 5||Sun.||Oct. 7||@ Minnesota Vikings||4:25 PM ET||CBS|
|Week 6||Thu.||Oct. 11||vs. Pittsburgh Steelers||8:20 PM ET||NFLN|
|Week 7||Sun.||Oct. 21||@ Buffalo Bills||1:00 PM ET||CBS|
|Week 8||Sun.||Oct. 28||vs. Indianapolis Colts||1:00 PM ET||CBS|
|Week 9||Sun.||Nov. 4||vs. Chicago Bears||1:00 PM ET||FOX|
|Week 10||Sun.||Nov. 11||@ Miami Dolphins||1:00 PM ET||CBS|
|Week 11||Bye Week|
|Week 12||Sun.||Nov. 25||@ Jacksonville Jaguars||1:00 PM ET||CBS|
|Week 13||Sun.||Dec. 2||vs. Houston Texans||1:00 PM ET||CBS|
|Week 14||Sun.||Dec. 9||@ Indianapolis Colts||1:00 PM ET||CBS|
|Week 15||Mon.||Dec. 17||vs. New York Jets||8:30 PM ET||ESPN|
|Week 16||Sun.||Dec. 23||@ Green Bay Packers||1:00 PM ET||CBS|
|Week 17||Sun.||Dec. 30||vs. Jacksonville Jaguars||1:00 PM ET||CBS|
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