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Titans Closing in on Colts in AFC South

Donnavan Smoot
Jun 8, 2021, 12:22 PM EDT
Derrick Henry and the Titans aren't favorites yet to win the AFC South
Derrick Henry and the Titans aren't favorites yet to win the AFC South / Wesley Hitt/Getty Images

The Tennessee Titans had their season ended by the Baltimore Ravens with a 20-13 loss in the wild card round this past season. It was clear they needed another source of offense outside of turning around and giving Derrick Henry the ball. 

In response, the Titans traded for Julio Jones. Tennessee now has two of the best wide receivers in the NFL in Jones and A.J. Brown to push the ball downfield and take pressure off of Henry. 

As great as Tennessee’s situation looks on paper, Vegas isn’t sold completely.

WynnBET still projects the Indianapolis Colts to win the AFC South giving them odds of -110. Tennessee won the division last season and seemed to get better, but the oddsmakers have a different view. The Titans were bumped up from +125 to +100 after the Jones trade, but they still are behind the Colts.

Tennessee’s main weakness is its defense. The offense was ranked No. 4 and No. 2 in points and yards, respectively. The defense, however, was ranked No. 24 and No. 28 in points and yards, respectively. That side of the ball is the one holding the Titans back from being serious contenders in not only the conference, but the Super Bowl.

The Titans are +1000 to win the AFC, according to WynnBET, which puts them just outside the top five. The Colts, meanwhile, are +1100. Maybe Tennessee is set up to win the war and not the battle. 

Tennessee has all the pieces and experience to not only win the division, but make another postseason run. However, the Titans' defense is going to have to step up in order to prove the odds wrong.