Everything was going according to plan for the Tennessee Titans this past season until quarterback Ryan Tannehill went down with an ankle injury.
The Titans, who were 7-3 at one point, proceeded to lose seven straight games to end the season at 7-10.
It’s obvious that the Titans were limited by their lack of a competent passing game, but oddsmakers aren’t cutting them any slack when it comes to winning Super Bowl LVIII.
Let’s examine what those odds might mean.
Super Bowl 58 Odds
Titans expected to fall off in 2023
Despite owning one of the league’s better records through their first 10 games last season, oddsmakers expect the Titans to play more like the team that lost seven straight games to end the year.
Tennessee has the 27th longest odds to win Super Bowl LVIII, listed at +7500. The only teams with the same odds or longer are the Atlanta Falcons (+7500), Chicago Bears (+8000), Indianapolis Colts (+15000), Houston Texans (+20000) and Arizona Cardinals (+20000).
The Titans stand out among that group as the only team with a winning record midway through last season.
But if they open the season without an established quarterback, those odds make perfect sense. The Titans have been rumored to be discussing trades for Tannehill this offseason to move up in the draft or simply acquire more picks.
Without Tannehill, it’s hard to see how this Titans team plays like they did the first half of last year. Derrick Henry isn’t enough to carry an offense by himself and a lack of playmakers at receiver doesn’t make it easy on whoever is starting – whether that be Tannehill or someone else.
Then, when you consider that the Titans ranked 31st of 32 teams in pass defense last season, it looks like a rebuild might be the smartest play.
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