The 2020 Tennessee Titans were hoping to repeat their 2019 magic on the back of a talented roster. Derrick Henry became the eighth player in NFL history to eclipse 2,000 rushing yards and Ryan Tannehill played up to his contract extension. The Titans secured their first AFC South crown since 2008 (third ever) and found themselves in the AFC Playoffs. Unfortunately, the defense became a liability and the Titans were eliminated in the Wild Card round.
What is majorly considered a success may be overshadowed by the early playoff exit to begin the offseason, but the foundational pieces for a great team are in place in Tennessee. Henry and Tannehill are here to stay and key players like Anthony Castonzo and A.J. Brown are also here to stay. Defensive tackle DaQuan Jones and linebacker Will Compton are among some of the players set to become free agents this offseason.
Heading into the 2021 offseason and beyond, the Titans will attempt to address their defense. Expect them back in contention next season under Mike Vrabel.
Tennessee Titans odds
Titans futures odds
Titans Super Bowl odds
The Tennessee Titans were eliminated in the AFC Wild Card round by the Baltimore Ravens.
AFC South odds
The Tennessee Titans secured the AFC South crown in Week 17.
Titans win total
The Titans’ projected win total going into the season was 8.5 wins at DraftKings, just under their 2019 tally of nine.
2020 Tennessee Titans schedule and betting odds
|Week 1||Monday, Sept. 14||10:10 p.m. ET||at Denver||Broncos -2|
|Week 2||Sunday, Sept. 20||1:00 p.m. ET||vs. Jacksonville||Titans -11|
|Week 3||Sunday, Sept. 27||1:00 p.m. ET||at Minnesota||Vikings -3|
|Week 4||Sunday, Oct. 4||1:00 p.m. ET||vs. Pittsburgh||Titans -1|
|Week 5||Sunday, Oct. 11||1:00 p.m. ET||vs. Buffalo||Bills -0.5|
|Week 6||Sunday, Oct. 18||1:00 p.m. ET||vs. Houston||Titans -2.5|
|Week 7||Sunday, Oct. 25||BYE|
|Week 8||Sunday, Nov. 1||1:00 p.m. ET||at Cincinnati||Titans -5|
|Week 9||Sunday, Nov. 8||1:00 p.m. ET||vs. Chicago||Titans -2|
|Week 10||Thursday, Nov. 12||8:20 p.m. ET||vs. Indianapolis||Titans -1|
|Week 11||Sunday, Nov. 22||1:00 p.m. ET||at Baltimore||Ravens -9.5|
|Week 12||Sunday, Nov. 29||1:00 p.m. ET||at Indianapolis||Colts -2.5|
|Week 13||Sunday, Dec. 6||1:00 p.m. ET||vs. Cleveland||Titans -2|
|Week 14||Sunday, Dec. 13||1:00 p.m. ET||at Jacksonville||Titans -6.5|
|Week 15||TBA||TBA||vs. Detroit||Titans -6|
|Week 16||Sunday, Dec. 27||8:20 p.m. ET||at Green Bay||Packers -3.5|
|Week 17||Sunday, Jan. 3||1:00 p.m. ET||at Houston||N/A|
How to bet on the Titans
A moneyline bet is simply a bet on what team will win a game outright, with margin of victory irrelevant to whether the bet is a winner. An example of a moneyline bet would be as follows: Say the Titans and Colts are facing off in Tennessee, and the home squad has moneyline odds of -115, while the visitors’ moneyline odds sit at +120. A bettor placing a wager on a Titans victory will take home $100 for every $115 wagered if Tennessee wins, while one placing a bet on the Colts upset would take in $120 for every $100 risked if Indy is victorious.
A point spread for an NFL game is defined as the predicted minimum margin of victory for the favored team. Therefore, a point spread wager on a favored team is successful when that team wins by more than the point spread at the time the bet was placed. Conversely, a point spread wager on an underdog team is successful when that team either loses by less than the point spread at the time the bet was placed, or when it wins the game outright. As with moneyline bets, a point spread bet has specific payout odds for either outcome.
An example of point spread bet would be as follows: The Titans are favored over the Jaguars by 11 points and accompanying odds of -150 if successful. Meanwhile, as underdogs, Jacksonville has odds of +140 of beating that spread. Tennessee goes on to prevail by a 31-13 score, a margin of 18 points. Consequently, bettors who placed a wager on the Titans to cover the spread will win $100 for every $150 wagered.
A totals bet is one of the more straightforward wagers available at regulated sportsbooks. In this type of bet, oddsmakers set a number for the total number of points that will be scored by both teams by the end of a game. Bettors then can wager on whether the two teams will either exceed or fall short of that total. As with moneyline and point spread bets, a totals bet has specific payout odds for either outcome, although they’re very often set at -110.
An example of a totals bet would be as follows: The Titans and Texans face off and oddsmakers set a projected total of 48.5 points for the divisional clash. Ultimately, Tennessee prevails by a 31-21 score. Bettors who placed a wager on the Over will win $100 for every $110 risked.
A prop bet is one that’s based on a statistical benchmark that’s been set by oddsmakers, on either a team or individual-player level. As with totals wagers, bettors can put their money on either the Over or Under hitting. As with other types of wagers already discussed, a prop bet has specific payout odds for either outcome, although they’re very often set at -110.
An example of a player-based prop bet would be as follows: Oddsmakers set the projected amount of 2020 rushing touchdowns by Derrick Henry at 10. Both the Over and Under wagers carry odds of -110. Henry then finishes the season with 12 rushing scores. Bettors who placed a wager on the Over will win $100 for every $110 risked.
Here is also a player prop example for QB Ryan Tannehill:
Ryan Tannehill: Over 3,425.5 passing yards (-110)/ Under 3,425.5 passing yards (-110)
Ryan Tannehill: Over 22.5 passing touchdowns (-110)/ Under 22.5 passing touchdowns (-110)
Futures bets are those placed on events or contingencies that do not yet have a final outcome/result. For the NFL, futures bets are available throughout the offseason, and those that can only be settled at or past the conclusion of the regular season are typically available on an in-season basis as well.
There are a wide variety of futures wagers available at any given time. During the offseason, wagers centered on team outcomes – such as Super Bowl winner, conference winner and division winner – are particularly prevalent. Futures on projected regular-season team win totals are also popular. Player-level prop bets can fall under the umbrella of futures wagers as well when placed in the offseason or preseason. Multiple Titans-based player prop futures and their corresponding odds are listed below.
Teaser wagers are a slightly more sophisticated type of bet, as they allow the bettor to manipulate the point spread a certain amount in either direction. Teaser bets involve two or more sporting events, and each sporting event in the teaser must have a successful outcome for the teaser bet to pay off. Teaser bets can be based on both point spread and totals. In an NFL teaser, a bettor can manipulate a spread in either direction by between four and 10 points, and a projected total by 6, 6.5 or 7 points. Odds vary depending on the amount of the movement.
2019 Titans season in review
Tennessee Titans: 9-7
2019 Regular-Season ATS: 8-7-1 (53.3 percent)
2019 Over/Under: 10-6 (62.5 percent)
Every so often, there’s a team that gets hot at the right time and goes on an extended run that leads to varying degree of postseason success. The 2007 Giants squad which dethroned the previously undefeated Patriots in the Super Bowl may be the most famous example in recent memory, but the 2019 Titans gave an excellent accounting of themselves in this regard as well. Tennessee appeared headed for another frustrating season with Marcos Mariota at the helm before coach Mike Vrabel opted to leverage the offseason investment in a trusted veteran backup – Ryan Tannehill – early in the third quarter of a Week 6 loss to the Broncos.
Tannehill’s 13-for-16 performance in defeat would earn him a Week 7 start versus the Chargers and he never looked back. The veteran would lead the Titans to a 7-3 record the rest of the way and throw multiple touchdown passes in nine of those games. Tannehill would play more of a supporting role alongside spectacular performances by Derrick Henry over the first two postseason games, victories against the Patriots and Ravens. He was then was more involved in the AFC Championship Game against the Chiefs, when Tennessee was forced to turn to the pass and ultimately came up short to the eventual Super Bowl champs. Nevertheless a 5:0 TD:INT in those three playoff clashes put the finishing touches on his case for a lucrative new contract.
Speaking of Henry, the 2016 second-round pick finally arrived in earnest after improving in each of his first three pro seasons. The Alabama product finished the regular season with a career-high 1,540 yards and 16 rushing touchdowns, and partly because he carried less than 20 times in six of his first nine contests, Henry had fresher legs than might be expected for the second half of the season. Between Weeks 10 and 17, the bruiser rushed for an eye-popping average of 149.3 yards per game. That included a 211-yard, three-touchdown effort in the regular-season finale against the Texans, followed by 182- and 195-yard tallies in Tennessee’s two postseason tilts.
Titans 2020 off-season moves
Franchise tag: Derrick Henry, RB
Key trades: None
Key re-signings: Ryan Tannehill, QB; Dennis Kelly, OT
Key free agent losses: Marcus Mariota, QB (to LVR); Jack Conklin, OT (to CLE); Dion Lewis, RB (released, subsequently signed by NYG)
Key free agent signings: Vic Beasley, DE (from ATL); Ty Sambrailo, OG (from ATL); Johnathan Joseph, CB (from HOU); Ibraheim Campbell, S (from GB)
Key draft picks: Isaiah Wilson, OT (1st round); Darrynton Evans, RB (3rd round)
2020 off-season moves analysis
The Titans weren’t shy about showing Tannehill the money and ensuring he’d be in the fold for the foreseeable future, a move that also led them to finally get some closure with Mariota by showing him the door. Beasley and Sambrailo are two solid free-agent additions by way of Atlanta, while both Wilson and Evans could make noise in their rookie seasons. Given his game-breaking speed and the departure of Dion Lewis this offseason, Evans is particularly intriguing despite the presence of Henry.