NFL betting snapshot: With other issues in AFC South, the Titans look good

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The Indianapolis Colts are wondering if quarterback Carson Wentz will be back for Week 1, and if he'll feel the effects of missing almost all of training camp. The Jacksonville Jaguars look like a dumpster fire under Urban Meyer. The Houston Texans are even worse than that. 

It's pretty good to be the Tennessee Titans these days. 

While the rest of the division seemingly crashes and burns, the Titans are having a nice quiet preseason. They're looking pretty good heading into the season. 

Tennessee Titans wide receiver Julio Jones was the team's big addition this offseason. (AP Photo/Jason Behnken)
Tennessee Titans wide receiver Julio Jones was the team's big addition this offseason. (AP Photo/Jason Behnken)

Titans win total: 9.5

A month ago, I wasn't excited for the Titans over at BetMGM. The rest of the division landscape has changed my mind. 

At this point, we can't assume the Texans or Jaguars can beat the Titans. The Colts' first meeting vs. the Titans in Week 3, when Wentz could still be working back into shape or getting comfortable in the system. It's reasonable to think the Titans are going 5-1 in the division. Maybe 4-2. That gives them a great head start on 10 wins or more. An offense with Derrick Henry, Julio Jones and A.J. Brown should be good enough to get them there. 

Super Bowl odds: +2000

The Titans are ninth on the list of Super Bowl odds. It's a little too high for me. The defense likely will not be very good, and the offense would have to be incredible (without last year's coordinator Arthur Smith, who is Atlanta's head coach now) to make Tennessee a Super Bowl contender. I wouldn't dismiss anyone who wants to take this shot, but I'd need better odds to get interested. 

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Best prop bet: Derrick Henry rushing yards

It is no fun fading Henry. Ever since the Titans realized that they should actually use the 247-pound former Heisman Trophy winner/force of nature, he has been the NFL's best runner. He went over 2,000 yards last season. But 1,525.5 yards, his total at BetMGM, is a huge number. The history of 2,000-yard backs is consistent: They all regress, some in a big way. Henry is a heck of a fun player to root for, but the number is too high. The under is the right play. 

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