Do Titans Have Enough to Topple Jaguars, Lawrence?

Do Titans Have Enough to Topple Jaguars, Lawrence?
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In the AFC South, you have the Jacksonville Jaguars with a franchise quarterback in Trevor Lawrence . . . and everybody else.

Titans fans, especially those with an interest in Tennessee sports betting, had enjoyed a two-year run in 2020 and 2021. The Titans won the AFC South both seasons and even had a chance to win the division in Week 18 in 2022 when they took on the Jaguars.

But with Ryan Tannehill out due to an injury, Joshua Dobbs was unable to pull off the upset and the Titans failed to make the playoffs for the first time since 2018.

Now the Titans, Colts and Texas have used the draft looking for their next franchise quarterback. While the Jaguars took care of just that by taking Lawrence with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 draft.

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AFC South QB Draft Picks

TeamQuarterbackWhen Drafted
🏈 Jaguars  Trevor Lawrence1st pick in 2021
🏈 Texans  C.J. Stroud2nd pick in 2023
🏈Colts  Anthony Richardson4th pick in 2023
🏈 Titans  Will Levis33rdt pick in 2023

What are the Titans’ playoff chances this season? Can Mike Vrabel get the Titans back on top in the AFC South? Or is this truly a rebuilding year for the Titans as they look to regroup and start looking ahead to 2024 and beyond?

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How the Titans Odds Have Changed

Here is a look at how the AFC South odds have changed for the Titans via BetMGM Sportsbook Tennessee from the opening line, before free agency, before the NFL Draft, etc.

Opening OddsOdds on March 1Odds Before DraftOdds on June 15

As you can see from above, the odds of the Titans winning the AFC South have decreased steadily since their opening odds in February. The Titans released several veteran players this offseason, including Robert Woods and Bud Dupree. They also moved on from long-time left tackle Taylor Lewan after he struggled to stay on the field due to injury. The Titans needed to clear cap space but were forced to release several key starters at important positions. It’s clear that their roster is in worse shape now than it was last year. And it’s only gotten worse over the offseason. 

But despite being +350 to win the division, the Titans have the second-best odds in the AFC South behind the Jaguars (-160). It’s clear that sportsbooks believe the Titans still have the second-best roster in the division and Vrabel is one of the most respected coaches in the NFL.

Is it good enough to overtake the Jaguars and a proven talent like Lawrence?

Clearly, the Titans are a team in transition, as it appears that this will be the final year for both Tannehill and Derrick Henry in Tennessee. The Titans selected a quarterback (Levis) and a running back (Tyjae Spears) on Day 2 of the NFL Draft and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see both players start sooner rather than later. The Titans also have one of the most difficult schedules in the league as they will face the AFC North and the NFC South.

As tempting as it is to bet on the Titans on Tennessee sports betting apps to win the division at +350, it’s probably a good idea to pass on these odds. The Titans likely will be competitive in a ton of games, but they just don’t have enough talent on offense to keep up with the other teams in the AFC. The Titans will probably scratch and claw their way to 7-8 wins, but that won’t be enough to win the division.

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Marcus Mosher covers the NFL, NFL Draft and NFL news for The managing editor of The Raiders Wire is also a contributor to The Athletic DFW, Pro Football Weekly and FanSided, and previously wrote for FanRag Sports. He hosts Locked On Cowboys Podcast.