Two Heisman Trophy-winning quarterbacks will be squaring off this coming Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium, as Marcus Mariota and the Tennessee Titans (+7500 to win Super Bowl 54) will look to spoil the party for the new-look Cleveland Browns, who are lead by quarterback Baker Mayfield. Will the Titans kick off the season with a victory? Or will the Browns (+1200) look like the Super Bowl contender that they are perceived to be heading into the new season?
Betting Preview for the Tennessee Titans vs Cleveland Browns NFL Regular Season Week 1 Game on September 8, 2019
Where: FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland
When: Sunday, September 8, 2019, 1:00 PM ET
TV Broadcast: CBS
Betting on the Tennessee Titans (0-0)
It’s been years since Marcus Mariota assumed the starting quarterback gig for the Titans, but his future with the team continues to be uncertain. For many, this year is Mariota’s last chance to prove to Tennessee that he is the man the team should rely on upon with the rock under center. A matchup with the Browns right out of the gate will be a very good test of Mariota and the Titans’ offense, which put up just 19.4 points per game back in 2018. However, Mariota will be a bit more vulnerable against the Browns’ pass rush with Pro Bowl tackle Taylor Lewan suspended for the first four games of the season due to violation of the league’s substance-abuse policy. In any case, Mariota will get help on offense from running back Derrick Henry, another key Titans offense contributor who’s on the last year of his current contract. Henry will be looking to ride the momentum he had towards the end of the 2018 season in which he rushed for 585 yards and seven touchdowns in a four-game stretch to finish the campaign.
The Titans are 4-1 straight up (SU) and 2-2 against the spread (ATS) in their last four games.
Betting on the Cleveland Browns (0-0)
The Browns have a long resume when it comes to letting their fanbase down. They hold a Ph.D. in that area. But this season, things are looking positive for the franchise. They have a franchise quarterback in Baker Mayfield, who is surrounded by excellent talents from top to bottom on offense. The arrival of Odell Beckham Jr. elevates Cleveland’s attack to an entirely new level. Last season, Beckham generated 1,052 receiving yards and six touchdowns in 12 games with the New York Giants. Beckham is hardly the only high-level threat the Titans will have to worry about. Jarvis Landry will be lining up across OBJ, while Rashard Higgins and David Njoku are capable of dealing damage down the field. Running back Nick Chubb now has the keys in the backfield. On defense, Myles Garrett is ready to wreak havoc after a 2018 season in which he had 13.5 sacks and three forced fumbles. With Lewan out for the Titans in this game, look for Garrett to be a complete terror in the Browns’ pass rush.
The Browns are 5-3 ATS in their last eight home games. They are also 3-1 ATS in their last four games overall.
The Browns win, 26-20.
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