NFL Tennessee vs Detroit Winning Favorites

Posted by Peter Boysen on September 15, 2016 in

In Week 1, the Tennessee Titans finished the first half in firm control of their game against the defending NFC North champion Minnesota Vikings, focusing on running back Adrian Peterson (and ultimately holding him to 31 yards on 19 carries). If the Titans hadn’t gone on a turnover spree, giving the ball up three different times (and seeing the Vikings take two of the turnovers to the house for defensive touchdowns), the result would likely have been different. The Detroit Lions also played above expectations, soaring to a 37-35 win over the Indianapolis Colts. Both of these teams are looking to climb out of the basement of their respective divisions in the 2016 campaign. Take a look at the NFL odds for all of the Week 2 action.

A Closer Look At The NFL Titans vs Lions Winning Favorites

When: Sunday, September 18, 2016, 1:00 PM ET
Where: Ford Field, Detroit
Radio: Tennessee Titans Radio Network / Detroit Lions Radio Network
Live Stream: NFL Game Pass
NFL Odds: Detroit (-5.5)



Why should you bet on the Tennessee Titans?

The Tennessee Titans might have lost their Week 1 game by nine, but they led it by a 10-0 score going into halftime. If they hadn’t given the ball to Minnesota so many times, they would have held on and won. That is what you get from a young team (and Marcus Mariota is only in his second season in the NFL after a sparkling career at Oregon). Mariota was the big factor in the meltdown, because while he did throw for 271 yards and a pair of scores, he also threw two interceptions and fumbled the ball once.
The Lions don’t have the same ferocious pass rush that the Vikings bring, so Mariota should have more time. Last week, the Lions permitted almost 400 yards through the air against Indianapolis, so tight end Delanie Walker and rookie wideout Tajae Sharpe should hae more room to operate. Sharpe led the club with seven catches for 76 yards in Week 1. With Derrick Henry and DeMarco Murray pounding the ball on the ground, the Titans have plenty of weapons.

Why should you put your money on Detroit Lions?

Matthew Stafford showed his tremendous upside in the Lions’ Week 1 win. He went 31 for 39 for 340 yards and three scores. He has a penchant for throwing interceptions at the wrong time, but he did not turn the ball over a single time against the Colts, and he put together the game-winning drive in under a minute left in the fourth quarter. If Stafford can manage the ball while leading a dynamic passing offense, the Lions should put up plenty of points against the Titans. The only question has to do with the Lions’ pass defense, which permitted all sorts of offense from the Colts.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

When the Lions are firing on all cylinders, few teams can keep up with their offensive prowess. The Titans kept a lid on the Viking offense last week, but Minnesota featured backup quarterback Shaun Hill as their starter after losing Teddy Bridgewater for the year during the preseason. I’m predicting a 31-21 Detroit win as they move to 2-0 and work toward contending in the NFC North.