Despite Win Sunday, Titans Have Hill to Climb After 3-4 Start

Despite Win Sunday, Titans Have Hill to Climb After 3-4 Start
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The Tennessee Titans are feeling great after rookie quarterback Will Levis’ outstanding game lifted them to a 28-23 victory over Atlanta this past Sunday.

The victory comes on the heels of an off week, two straight losses and starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill missing the game after the high ankle sprain he suffered against Baltimore in London.

The win Sunday over the Falcons raised the Titans’ record to 3-4, and Levis looks ready for more playing time after throwing for four touchdowns and 238 yards on 19-of-29 passing. But what does the 3-4 start do to the Titans playoff chances? BetTennessee.com took a look at the 3-4 teams in 2022 to see what the Titans’ chances of turning things could be. Based on what happened in 2022, the odds aren’t great.

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How the 2022 3-4 Teams Performed

Teams With Same Record Best Finish Worst Finish Average Record
949ers, 13-4Bears, 3-147-10

The Titans Super Bowl odds are +12500, tied with Tampa Bay and just behind Minnesota.

Only One 3-4 Team Had Winning Record

Of the nine teams to start 3-4 in 2022, two made the playoffs and only one had a winning record. The 49ers went 10-0 the rest of the way and made it to the NFC Championship Game before losing to the Philadelphia Eagles. Tennessee sports betting sites list San Francisco as the No. 2 Super Bowl favorite at +525, behind defending champion Kansas City (+500).

Other than the 49ers last year, only Tampa Bay advanced to the playoffs among the other eight teams. That’s because their 8-9 record won the NFC South. Washington had the next best mark at 8-8-1, while New England and Green Bay also finished 8-9 like the Bucs.

After those teams, the Falcons finished 7-10, followed by the L.A. Rams at 5-12 and last-place teams in the Cardinals at 4-13 and the Bears at 3-14, who ended the season with 10 straight losses. Now, it’s possible Tennessee could turn things around and finish second in the AFC South, because Houston is also 3-4, and the Colts are 3-5. However, the Titans are still two and a half games behind Jacksonville in the division, and they currently rank 11th out of 16 AFC teams after tiebreakers for the playoffs.

That leaves the Titans looking to finish fast like the 49ers did last year. They likely don’t need to go 10-0, but Levis would need to start piling up wins like quarterback Brock Purdy did in San Francisco in 2022.

The Titans will try to even their record at 4-4 on Thursday at Pittsburgh, where they are 2.5-point underdogs according to BetMGM Tennessee. And that’s with the Steelers possibly having to start Mitch Trubisky at quarterback after Kenny Pickett sustained a rib injury last week. 

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Douglas Pils has been a sports journalist for 30 years in Texas, Arkansas and New York having worked for the San Antonio Express-News, the Associated Press, The Dallas Morning News and Newsday. He currently runs the Student Media Department at Baylor University.