The Tennessee Titans will look to make it seven wins in a row when they host AFC South foe Houston on Sunday.
For reasons I can’t explain, the hate and doubt from the media persists. The 2021 Tennessee Titans are “not a real 8-2 team” according to Keyshawn Johnson.
If you, like me, have never heard this statement uttered before about any sports team ever, welcome to the party!
Lines to know
Tennessee Titans (-10 & -462 ML) vs. Houston Texans (o/u 44.5)
The doubt and pure delusion that the national media has in its heads regarding the Titans still blows my mind. It has gotten so out of hand, in fact, that many are picking the Titans to not cover the spread, and maybe even lose this game!
But looking at the line and the trajectory of these two teams, I would say it is more than safe to say the Titans should comfortably win this.
For personal reasons, I tend to avoid predicting a Titans’ win, but I can’t help but do it here. That’s how confident I am. If the offense plays mediocre (or slightly below mediocre) like they have in the two weeks without Derrick Henry, they can put up enough points to win.
It is the Tennessee defense that is, again, going to be the deciding factor.
Here are a few betting trends to keep an eye on in this game:
– The Titans are 5-1 ATS (against the spread) in the last 6.
– The total has gone UNDER in 6 of the Texans’ last 7 road games.
– The total has gone OVER in 4 of the last 5 meetings between these two teams.
Juicy prop bets to watch
Marcus Johnson o/u 34.5 receiving yards
Marcus Johnson had more catches and more yards in the win over the Saints last week than he has had the rest of the season!
Without Julio Jones, Johnson notched five catches for 100 yards. In the 9 other games this season, he has four catches for 60 yards.
Was this his pseudo “breakout” game? I sure hope so! Without Julio, Tennessee needs a reliable pass catcher and receiver to create space for A.J. Brown and/or open up the run game.
Hopefully, Johnson will get more touches this week and be used in the slot against a terrible Houston offense.
Prediction: Over 34.5 yards
Longest Titans completion o/u 35.5 yards
The Titans’ offense has dramatically slowed in the last two games, but they have won both and scored over 20 in both.
Still, the absence of Derrick Henry can be felt in the team’s strategy and play calling. Even without Henry threatening in the backfield, the offense has an uncanny ability to break off huge plays.
Last week against New Orleans, the Titans had two plays go for 36 yards or more. D’Onta Foreman took a screen pass 39 yards in the second half, and Johnson had a catch and run of 50.
Against this defense especially, expect to see it again.
Prediction: Over 35.5 yards