Titans Odds Following Derrick Henry’s Injury News

| November 2, 2021 1:20 pm PDT

Derrick Henry is one of those non-QBs who could make a serious argument for the NFL’s MVP award.

He was looking unstoppable yet again this year and was going to push the Titans to the playoffs and were even dark horse Super Bowl candidates. But even Superman has his kryptonite.

The superstar running back is going to need foot surgery and is likely to miss the remainder of this season. A crushing blow to Titans’ fans and bettors.

Here is how his injury is impacting the Titans odds and the remainder of the 2021-22 NFL season.

Tennessee Titans’ Odds Movement

The Titans were looking great following their thrilling overtime win over their division rival Colts, but their future just became murky.

Henry was one of the most impactful players in the league, let alone in the running back position. That made him a strong sleeper to win the NFL’s MVP award before the injury news. Without Henry, the Titans are going to be even longer shots to win the Super Bowl.

Before the season started, the Titans were looking like a legitimate dark horse for the Super Bowl, especially when they acquired Julio Jones from the Falcons.

They were sitting at +2500, which would be incredible value if they were to pull it off. Following their win against the Colts in Week 8, they lowered their odds to +1400.

Henry’s injury is likely going to shoot their odds up back to around where they were to start the season, and could be even farther if they start to lose games.

The Titans had a solid grip on the AFC South odds, reaching -3500 after beating the Colts. They still have a great chance to win their division with a 6-2 record, with the Colts falling to 3-5 on the year.

How Henry’s Injury Impacts the Titans

The King had a very strong argument in regards to being the most important player on his team who doesn’t play quarterback.

The Titans built their offense around him and were putting up great numbers because of that. Their heavy run attack opened up the field for their talented receivers, and even revived Ryan Tannehill’s career.

Here’s how Henry’s numbers have looked over the course of the past 2 ½ years.

  • 2019: 303 carries, 1,540 rushing yards, 18 total touchdowns
  • 2020: 378 carries, 2,027 rushing yards, 17 total touchdowns
  • 2021 (8 games): 219 carries, 937 rushing yards, 10 total touchdowns

If you take Henry’s pace so far this season and put it over the full 17 game schedule, he would have 465 carries, 1,991 rushing yards, and 21 total touchdowns.

Adam Schefter reported that Henry is undergoing surgery on his foot, and will likely end his season.

Titans’ Potential Replacements and Next Step

The Titans are bringing in one of the best running backs in NFL history for a workout, being the 36-year-old Adrian Peterson. Peterson would be a great scheme fit for the Titans and played just a season ago with the Detroit Lions.

If Peterson impresses them in his workout, he could take over and look to fill Henry’s shoes.

With the NFL trade deadline coming up as well, the Titans could look to some other teams for help. Some names that come to mind are Ronald Jones (Buccaneers), Melvin Gordon (Broncos), or Marlon Mack (Colts).

It is unlikely that the Colts would trade to one of their division rivals, but it would be smart of them to try and get something out of him. Nonetheless, the Titans offense still needs to rely more on their passing attack.

Ryan Tannehill has been up and down throughout the year and their star wide receivers in A.J Brown and Julio Jones have more pressure on them to perform.

Betting on the Titans for the Remainder of the Season

Hopefully, your bets on the Titans were in regards to the AFC South Divisional Title, because their Super Bowl odds are going to be very risky moving forward.

If they can find a solid replacement for Henry, they can have the “next man up” mentality and keep the train rolling.

With that being said, tons of pressure go to the passing game and their defense. Both of which have not been impressive from time to time.

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Anthony Haage

Anthony is a sports writer for GamblingSites.com covering the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, and more. He also covers other various topics such as entertainment, general sports betting tips, and more.

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