NFL Preview 2010: Tennessee Titans

Al Dannity | Updated Oct 04, 2017

The Titans will live and die with Vince Young in 2010. Al Dannity says Tennessee has a good shot at making the playoffs.

Off-season changes The Titans picked the smartest player in the NFL draft, at least off the field, and they were able to wait until the sixth round to get him. Myron Rolle joins the Tennessee secondary after an outstanding career at Florida State. Rolle’s stock dropped because of his decision to study in Oxford before entering the NFL this season, making him a bargain for the Titans. NFL betting fans should expect big things from the former Seminole.

First round pick Derrick Morgan represents an immediate upgrade to defensive line. Morgan led the ACC in sacks last season and he will bring added aggression to the Titans’ defense. Third round pick Damian Williams will prove an interesting prospect. USC wide receivers haven’t covered themselves in glory in recent years but Williams will have plenty of chances this season to dispel any doubts about his talent.

Mark your calendar Week 5 sees the Titans travel to Dallas looking to upset a Cowboys team that finally looks ready to win. A road win here would move Jeff Fisher’s team from pretender to contender in the playoff hunt. Tennessee’s road game with the Jaguars the following week is equally compelling as the Titans can’t afford to lose many divisional games in the AFC South.

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With that in mind, NFL betting fans should pay particular attention to how the Titans perform in weeks 12 through 15. Tennessee plays four divisional games in as many weeks, including a pair against the Houston Texans. The results in these games should decide the final pecking order in the AFC South. No matter what happens in these games, I like Tennessee’s chances in week 17 at Indianapolis. If the Colts’ playoff fate is already known at that stage, and it usually is, I expect Indianapolis to lean on its backups. That should be all the opening Vince Young and company need to pull off a big road win.

The verdict It’s always a rollercoaster ride with Vince Young under center. The Titans possess the talent to win at least 10 games in 2010 but that might not be enough to even take second place in this division. It all comes down to that four week stretch of AFC South games. If Tennessee goes 2-2 in those games, it should be enough to finish 10-6 or maybe even 11-5. A 10-6 campaign might put the Titans in the playoffs, 11-5 definitely would. It’s going to go down to the wire but take the over of 8.5 wins at +110 with Sports Interaction.