Two teams that bettors are backing to challenge the New England Patriots in the AFC this season will clash in Nashville on Sunday as the Tennessee Titans host the Oakland Raiders as small home favorites.
The Titans lost a tiebreaker with the Houston Texans for the AFC South title last season while the Oakland Raiders hope to make another run at the AFC West crown.
NFL point spread: The Titans opened as one-point favorites; the total was 53 early in the week, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark. (Line updates and matchup report)
Derek Carr was an MVP candidate last year and has thrown for more than 3,000 yards in each of his first three seasons. He has 12 career fourth-quarter comebacks or game-winning drives. Running back Marshawn Lynch comes out of Titans vs Raiders retirement to return to the NFL, playing for his hometown team after sitting out last season. The Titans surrounded Marcus Mariota with numerous receiving threats this offseason, but Corey Davis and Eric Decker are coming off injuries that limited their playing time this preseason.
he Titans are currently 2 point favorites at Nissan Stadium against the Oakland Raiders. Vegas will typically give the home team 3 points, so this game is basically a pick ‘em (the line opened as Titans -3).
The total here is 50.5. It is the second highest week 1 total. Only the Seahawks @ Packers has a higher total (51). When is the last time the Titans were in the 2nd highest total game in a week as the favorite. I would be willing to bet that the last time it happened Steve McNair was the quarterback.
If you are one who likes to partake in games on DraftKings and/or FanDuel, this will be a heck of a game to stack up. Guys like Marcus Mariota, Delanie Walker, Derek Carr and Amari Cooper should all put up really nice numbers.
Oakland was a very good road team a year ago, going 6-2 both straight up and against the spread. In fact, the Raiders won their first five road games last season, including a 17-10 victory at Tennessee as a two-point chalk in Week 3. Oakland’s defense was the difference in that meeting, forcing three turnovers, with Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota throwing two interceptions.
This is an excellent matchup between two young signal callers, with Oakland’s Derek Carr looking to show he is fully healthy after breaking his leg toward the end of last year.