The Tennessee Titans are underdogs once again heading into the 2020 NFL season.

The Tennessee Titans have made finishing 9-7 a habit by doing it over the last four seasons. For most this would seem to be sustained success, but the Titans get portrayed as the team of constant mediocrity.

Tennessee has gotten used to being underdogs going into just about every season. Although, after a visit to the AFC championship game and a full offseason of improving and getting younger, you would think the team would begin to get some respect. Well, if you were one to think that then you’re wrong. According to Vegas Insiders 2021 Super Bowl odds, the Titans are still underdogs. They fall below teams like the Las Vegas Raiders, the LA Chargers, and even division rival Indianapolis Colts with odds of 35/1.

History repeats

In 2008, the Tennessee Titans went 13-3, winning the AFC South. According to Pro Football Reference, the Titans ranked 17th in preseason odds to win the Super Bowl with +4000 odds. That is very similar to this season where the Titans rank 18th in odds to win the Super Bowl according to Vegas Insiders.

The Tennessee Titans have one of the best secondaries in the league. Their defense is a lock to be a top 10 unit and their offense is not far behind with Derrick Henry and Ryan Tannehill. It’s shocking that a team with this much talent can be so underrated going into the season.

Tennessee will try to repeat their 2008 season when they exceeded all expectations. Just like in 2008, the Titans over/under for wins is set at 8. There are so many similarities as far as how the media expects the Titans to perform between 2008 and 2020. This team could easily blow way past 8 wins and end up with 11 or 12.

The Titans are no stranger to going unrecognized by the national media. The Titans will finally have a shot to separate themselves from the batch of teams that seem to go unnoticed year after year. They will need to perform well in all three of their primetime games and win the AFC South. Another deep playoff run would finally solidify the Tennessee Titans position as a top team in the league. Or would it? They seem to be forgotten season after season, no matter the previous success.

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