One week of motion has resulted in full-on upheaval in a number of the 2019 NFL futures. The percentages to win the AFC South, specifically, had been turned onto tumble-dry excessive.
Earlier than Week 1, the Tennessee Titans had been a longshot to win the division crown at +400. That was third among the many 4 groups, behind Houston (+200) and Jacksonville (+200), and solely narrowly forward of the Andrew Luck-less Colts (+450).
However after utterly derailing the Cleveland Browns’ hype-train with a powerful 43-13 street win in Week 1, the Titans at the moment are the betting favourite.
Based on sportsbettingdime, Tennessee’s new division-title odds are at +175, adopted by Houston (+200), Indianapolis (+350), and Jacksonville (+400).
The Titans had been the one AFC South group to select up a win within the opening week. Whereas the losses by the Texans, Jags, and Colts had been all excusable – all three had been underdogs of their respective matchups – the Titans’ win was as a 5-point street underdog.
An enormous purpose? Marcus Mariota has targets.
For these tardy to the celebration: Second-round choose A.J. Brown put up numbers in opposition to the Cleveland Browns.
Brown caught three catches for 100 yards within the blowout victory.
That milestone made him the primary Titan or Houston Oiler since Sid Banks in 1964 to document at the very least 100 yards in his first profession recreation with the group.
“He’s achieved an important job all through camp,” Mariota mentioned after Sunday’s victory.
“Everybody talks about that transition into the NFL, however he’s achieved an important job shopping for in, listening and doing all the things he can to make himself ready. Throughout the board, we had an expectation for him to do properly. That’s the usual. Now he has to proceed to dwell as much as that, and I feel he can.”
Price noting: Throughout his final two seasons at Ole Miss, A.J. Brown recorded 2,572 yards and 17 touchdowns.
For these holding rating at residence: The final time the Titans had a real top-tier wideout was in all probability the 2000s.
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“I feel A.J. is actually beginning to perceive what we’re doing,” mentioned Titans head coach, Mike Vrabel.
“The quarterbacks have begun to belief him.”
In a 16-game season, selecting up only one surprising early victory can have a dramatic impression on a group’s long-term forecast. And for Tennessee, successful one street recreation in opposition to high quality competitors is extra vital than it will be for a lot of different groups.
Final yr, the Titans had been very strong in Nashville, going 6-2 at residence together with spectacular wins over the Houston Texans, Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots. They missed the playoffs and misplaced the division largely as a result of they had been a disappointing 3-5 on the street. Two of these losses got here by the hands of the Miami Dolphins and the Buffalo Payments, each sub-.500 groups with brutal level differentials (-114 and -105, respectively).
The Titans host the Indianapolis Colts this Sunday. If Mike Vrabel’s squad goes to journey higher this season, the Titans are going to be a really powerful group to high within the division, and the primary week of the season was an enormous step in the correct path in that regard.