The Tennessee Titans are out to prove that their deep run in the playoffs last season was no fluke, as they open the season against the Denver Broncos on the road. The Broncos are committed to giving Drew Lock a chance to prove he should be the team’s long-term starter. A win against the Titans should definitely help improve his case. Check out our preview of this game below.
Betting Preview for the Tennessee Titans vs Denver Broncos Regular Season Week 1 Game on September 14, 2020
Where: Empower Field at Mile High, Denver
When: Monday, September 14, 2020, 10:10 PM ET
TV Broadcast: ESPN
Betting on the Tennessee Titans (-2.5)
Regular Season Record: 0-0
The Titans were a surprise last season after making it all the way into the AFC title game, where they lost to eventual Super Bowl champs, Kansas City Chiefs. The Titans had their stout defense and a bullish rushing attack to thank for the success they enjoyed in 2019, and the same strengths are expected to show up for Tennessee. The Titans still have a monster tailback in Derrick Henry, who finished last season with 1,540 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns. Sure, Henry was limited to just 28 rushing yards and zero touchdowns in last year’s road loss to the Broncos, but that was against Denver’s defense that had Von Miller. Well, Miller is out for the rest of the 2020 season after suffering an ankle in the offseason. Speaking of defense, the Titans have brought over a pass-rushing beast in Jadeveon Clowney, who further solidifies Tennessee’s defense that allowed just 20.6 points per game last season.
The Titans are 7-3 against the spread in their last 10 games.
Betting on the Denver Broncos (+2.5)
Regular Season Record: 0-0
The Broncos made sure that Drew Lock will be surrounded with enough talent in his first season as the team’s full-pledged starting quarterback. Lock finished strong last season when he took over the starting gig under center for the Broncos, who averaged just 17.6 points per game a year ago. Lock led the Broncos to a 4-1 record in the team’s last five games of 2019, a stretch that includes their 38-24 win against the Houston Texans on the road in which he passed for 309 yards and three touchdowns. However, Lock might not have Courtland Sutton in his arsenal in Week 1, as the wideout was recently diagnosed with a sprained AC joint. Sutton had 1,112 receiving yards and six touchdowns in 2019. Still, Lock will have Noah Fant, rookie stud Jerry Jeudy, and newcomer Melvin Gordon to help him move the chains. Gordon improves Denver’s backfield that already has excellent talents in Philip Lindsay and Royce Freeman. Look for the Broncos to establish the run game early to open things up for their Lock-led passing attack against the Titans.
The Broncos are 3-1 against the spread in their last four home games.
The Titans win, 24-21.
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