Titans' 2014 NFL Win Total Odds
LAS VEGAS, NV (The Spread) – The Tennessee Titans are hoping that a new coach and a new outlook will provide some success in 2014 but will they be at least a .500 team?
The Titans kicked off their offseason by firing head coach Mike Munchak, offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains and defensive coordinator Jerry Gray, and replacing them with Ken Whisenhunt, Jason Michael and Ray Horton, respectively. The hope is that Whisenhunt will jumpstart quarterback Jake Locker’s career like he rejuvenated Philip Rivers’ career a year ago.
In free agency the team added potential starters Michael Oher, Wesley Woodyard and Dexter McCluster (in certain offensive packages at least) while also adding roster depth in Dorin Dickerson, Eric Olsen, Al Woods, Shaun Phillips, Charlie Whitehurst and Marc Anthony. Among the Titans’ free agent losses were Kenny Britt, Alterraun Verner, Zac Diles and Damian Williams, while Ryan Fitzpatrick, Chris Johnson and David Stewart were released from the team.
Despite signing Oher to a big contract, the Titans used their first-round pick in May on Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan. They also selected Washington running back Bishop Sankey in the second, Penn State defensive tackle DaQuan Jones in the fourth, and LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger in the sixth.
According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Titans’ win total in 2014 has been set at over/under 7 games. The key is how much Locker develops under Whisenhunt. There’s talent at the skill positions and the defense looks to be above average, but if Locker can’t take that next step then the under should hit easily. That said, it’s not like the AFC South is stacked outside of Indianapolis. The Titans could win a few games against weak opponents and push for a .500 record but the odds of Locker being productive and healthy are low. I like the under.