Titans odds to win AFC South improve greatly after Carson Wentz injury

Mike Vrabel, Tennessee Titans (L), Frank Reich, Indianapolis Colts (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
Mike Vrabel, Tennessee Titans (L), Frank Reich, Indianapolis Colts (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images) /

It seems as though this has been a conversation since the run towards a title ended for both the Tennessee Titans and the Indianapolis Colts last season in the NFL playoffs. It’s been a foregone conclusion that the AFC South’s title race during the 2021-2022 NFL season would come down to these two proud franchises again.

NFL pundits and the media have been split on the subject of who the favorites are for quite some time though. It would seem as though any logical person would see the Titans are the favorites. Maybe there’s a little bias in that statement, but seriously, even if you believed the opposite back in April or May, after Julio Jones was added, you had to feel that way then didn’t you?

It’s not like the Jacksonville Jaguars are ready to contend, the Houston Texans will be any good, or Carson Wentz shifted the balance in Indy’s favor. Come on. You saw Wentz’s decline over the past two seasons. Still, there were sports media outlets like Pro Football Focus that ranked them one spot behind their rivals, and ESPN, who believes the Colts have a much better chance of being successful over the next three seasons than the Titans do.

Oh, and that’s not all. Get this. Up until recently, they weren’t alone in this nonsense. It appears that our friends in Vegas think a Wentz-led Colts team should be seen as the favs to win the AFC South as well. Wait until you get a load of this.

The Titans’ odds of winning the AFC South improve following Wentz’s injury.

Yes, you read that correctly. According to WynnBET, prior to Carson Wentz’s injury, the Indianapolis Colts had the best chance to win the AFC South at -110. The Titans’ odds, at that time, were listed at +100. Fast forward to the present, and the Titans, in wake of the Carson Wentz news, have seen their odds increase to -140 while the Colts are holding serve at +165.

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It seems a little strange, doesn’t it? Not only is Carson Wentz, a man who boasts a career record of 24-30-1 if you remove the 2017 season from his resume, seen as being good enough to catapult the Colts to divisional superiority, it also appears as though his absence and his absence alone is enough to send Indy into a tailspin (even though the Colts have made the postseason without him and he never won a playoff game in Philadelphia with the Eagles).

Is anyone else calling nonsense on this one? You should! Let’s be frank. Las Vegas knows more about these things than any of us, but on this particular subject, they seem to have left some key factors out of their analysis of this one.