Oakland at Tennessee Week 3 Betting Prediction & Pick

Posted by Peter Boysen on September 21, 2016 in

The Tennessee Titans averted a landing in an 0-2 ditch by pulling off a comeback win over the Detroit Lions in Week 2. Tennessee quarterback Marcus Mariota has been solid in his first two games, completing 67.6 percent of his attempts and connecting on four touchdown strikes. Oakland, also 1-1, has been piling up the points, averaging 31.5 points per game (almost double the Tennessee average), and their +2 turnover ratio puts them five ahead of the Titans. Can Oakland overcome the jet lag of traveling to Nashville and pick up their second win? Check out our NFL picks for Week 3.

Oakland at Tennessee Week 3 Betting Prediction, Pick & TV Info

When: Sunday, September 25, 2016, 1:00pm ET
Where: Nissan Stadium, Nashville, TN
Radio: Oakland / Tennessee
Live Stream: NFL Live
NFL Odds: Tennessee (-1.5), O/U Total 47

Why should you bet on the Titans?

If the Titans hadn’t given Minnesota a pair of defensive touchdowns (a pick-six and a fumble return for a touchdown), they would have a 2-0 record right now. DeMarco Murray excels at the run (138 yards through two games) and at receiving out of the backfield (12 catches entering Week 3). Tajae Sharpe (11 catches) and Delanie Walker (9) also have become Mariota’s key targets. The defense only permits 338 yards per game, but they haven’t taken on a passing attack like what the Raiders will bring. If the Titans get burned deep a couple of times, it will be hard for them to catch up, as they don’t have that track-meet offense that the Raiders do.

Why should you put your money on the Raiders?

The Raider offense is rolling this year, piling up 470 yards per game. Quarterback Derek Carr has a terrific sophomore season going on so far, completing 69.9 percent of his attempts, nailing four touchdown passes against just a single pick. Tailback Latavius Murray has 116 yards in two games, a sign that the Raider rushing game could strengthen a bit. The problem is on the defensive side of the ball, as Oakland permits 517.5 yards per game and 34.5 points. The team has three takeaways and a pair of sacks, and Reggie Nelson leads the crew with 20 tackles. They need to figure out how to get stops in order to knock off the Titans.

My Betting Pick and Final Score Prediction

I like the Titans to continue their strong ball management from Week 2 and keep their turnovers down, and I also like them to force the Raiders into a lot of third-and-long situations by controlling the line. I’m predicting a 27-24 Titan victory.