After a season that saw the Tennessee Titans win their first playoff game in over decade, reaching the Super Bowl is undoubtedly the goal for the Nashville based franchise.
So what are the odds the Titans actually reach their goal?
According to online oddsmakers Bovada, the Titans have the seventh best odds of winning the AFC Championship game.
Tennessee is tied with three other teams at +1500 — the Baltimore Ravens, Denver Broncos and Oakland Raiders.
Odds to win the AFC Championship (@BovadaLV):
— OddsShark (@OddsShark) June 12, 2018
I’m a bit surprised to see the Los Angeles Chargers, a team that didn’t make the playoffs last season, with such high odds. But otherwise, I think these odds for the Titans are fair.
(Houston didn’t reach the playoffs either in 2017, but they get their stud quarterback, Deshaun Watson, back in 2018.)
Obviously expectations are going to be sky high in Nashville this upcoming season. There’s a lot of hype around a franchise that appears to be on a meteoric rise.
But it’s important to look at the Titans objectively.
Tennessee will have a first time head coach and a first time play caller on the sidelines this fall. While I think Mike Vrabel and Matt LaFleur will do a good job for the Titans, that’s not always the case for first time head coaches.
A lot of folks like to point to the success of Sean McVay and LaFleur with the Los Angeles Rams last season.
Sure, McVay was spectacular in first season as a head coach, leading the Rams to 11 wins. But that kind of year for a first time head coach is an anomaly. An 8-8 season is a more likely scenario for a rookie head coach.
I’m not saying that’s what’s in store for Vrabel, but I do think it would be smart for Titans fans to approach the 2018 season with a cautious optimism. There could be a few bumps along the way.
But if those bumps mean there will be Super Bowl trophies in the future, Titans fans will be just fine with a few growing pains.
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