Who is closer to a title: Tennessee Titans or Nashville Predators?
By Will Lomas
How close are they to a title?
What Glennon said:
"“Though they lost in the first round of the playoffs last season, the Predators are in the middle of a pretty good run, coming within two games of the Stanley Cup in 2017…” “…But the three-peat of 9-7 marks hasn’t produced much in the way of national respect, as Vegas still sees the Titans as 100-to-1 odds to win the coming season’s Super Bowl.”"
Being close to a Stanley Cup in 2017 shouldn’t mean anything in this argument because Stanley Cup Finals teams are so mercurial.
Do you know who the Predators almost faced in that year’s Finals? The Ottawa Senators, who lost in an overtime game in game 7 which sent the Pittsburgh Penguins to the championship round.
If you aren’t a fan of hockey you may not know this, but since that brush with a title the Senators were the worst team in the NHL in 2018-2019 and the second worst in 2017-2018.
On the other side of the coin, do you know who won the Stanley Cup this year? The St. Louis Blues.
The Blues started off the season with 30-to-1 odds and fell as low as 250-to-1 during the season. I’m not saying Vegas doesn’t know, but I am saying that just because the odds aren’t great on paper doesn’t mean that there isn’t a decent chance of it happening.
I would have given this to the Titans because looking in a vacuum, Tennessee had an outstanding record against good teams last year. Look at how Marcus Mariota fared against the final eight teams standing in the playoffs when he played them in 2018:
And the last time Mariota did play a full game against the teams he didn’t face in 2018 he was 3-1. So that means that the last full meetings he had against all those playoff teams he went a combined 6-2 with a one-point loss to the Chargers. Sure feels like this team may be closer than people think