It is Titans vs Saints this week. Mardi Gras meets Honky Tonks and Hot Chicken on Broadway as the Saints travel to Nashville. New Orleans is reeling a bit with significant injuries on both sides of the ball but has enough talent to upset the home favorites. Can Sean Payton conjure up the magic to beat a stingy defense?
This game will be officiated by the infamous Jerome Boger who was in charge the last time these two foes met in a closely decided contest. Will that play a factor? Are the Titans built to withstand all the expectations that come with being a favorite in this Week 10 battle?
Saints Key Numbers + Info (2021 season)
Record: 5-3 (2-1 NFC South)
Points scored: 201
Points allowed: 155
Avg. yards per rush: 4.0
Average. yards per rush allowed: 3.2
Avg. rush yards per game: 123
Avg. rush yards per game allowed: 74
Rushing TDs: 7 for, 5 against
Avg. pass yards per game: 191.62
Avg. pass yards per game allowed: 273.25
Passing TDs: 17 for, 12 against
Pass Completion Rate: 59%
Pass Completion Rate Against: 63%
Leading Rusher: Alvin Kamara (146 attempts for 530 yards and three touchdowns)
Top Receiver: Alvin Kamara (32 receptions for 310 yards, four touchdowns)
Leading Tackler: Demario Davis (59 tackles, nine tackles for loss, four passes defended, seven quarterback hits, three sacks)
Key Additions: WR Kenny Stills, OT Jordan Mills, ATH Ty Montgomery, CB Bradley Roby, S Jeff Heath, EDGE Tanoh Kpassagnon, QB Trevor Siemian, LB Kwon Alexander (trade), RB Mark Ingram (trade), OL James Hurst, RB Lamar Miller, WR Kevin White, FB Alex Armah, DT Christian Ringo, TE Nick Vannett
Key Losses: QB Drew Brees (retired), QB Jameis Winston (IR), WR Michael Thomas (PUP), OL Andrus Peat (IR), EDGE Payton Turner (IR), CB Patrick Robinson (retired), CB Prince Amukamara, WR Emmanual Sanders, CB Janoris Jenkins, DT Malcolm Brown, P Thomas Morstead, CB Desmond Trufant, RB Latavius Murray, CB Brian Poole, OL Austin Reiter
Titans vs Saints Series History
Tennessee leads the all-time series 8-6-1
Tennessee Call Out, Ball Out
Be Ready for ANYTHING defensively
The Saints are missing a ton of key pieces including superstar back Alvin Kamara. Sean Payton is notorious for pulling stuff from you know where so the defense will need to be prepared. Trevor Siemian is the nominal starter after Jameis Winston went out due to injury but there is the slippery and tricky Taysom Hill to account for also.
Star tackle Terron Armstead is out for this contest as well, so there will be some shuffling along the line. Point is, Shane Bowen and co will do well to be prepared to face the kitchen sink thrown at them.
There has been a ton of praise heaped on the Titans after the run they’ve been on defeating every contender to date. Can they keep the sky high emotions in check and lock in for a wounded but still dangerous Super Bowl caliber team?
Especially cornerback Janoris Jenkins facing his former employers. Mike Vrabel has proven to be adept at man management within his locker room so there’s that. They aren’t that healthy themselves so it will be a 60 minute battle of attrition.
Living legend Julio Jones was just placed on IR so he will be out for three weeks. It’s a gigantic blow to the Titans’ hopes to complement AJ Brown. Nick Westbrook-Ikhine will likely get the first shot at replacing Julio as he has been productive this season in spurts.
The Titans are hurting for depth at the position as they released Josh Reynolds. They will have to likely rely on a committee or scour the wire for help. Can Tennessee cobble together a receiver room that has to be respected?
Keys to a Saints Victory
Establish. The Run
The easiest way to get a backup quarterback who has limitations? Run the ball. Luckily for New Orleans, they have a reinvigorated Mark Ingram to hand the ball off to in Kamara’s stead. Ingram is the league’s fourth leading rusher.
Establish the run to get the hell hounds on the Titans’ defensive line off balance and thinking. Taysom Hill will definitely play a factor in the run game as well.
Former Saint Janoris Jenkins has been extremely suspect and the worst player in the Titans secondary. He’ll be highly motivated to prove his former team wrong and it can be used against him.
What better for the Saints than the coach who has seen his strengths and weaknesses every day for years in practice to exploit? Jenkins has been inconsistent against the faster receivers so lining up Marquez Callaway or Deonte Harris might be the trick to beating him.
Stop that guy wearing 17
It’s kind of inherent, you think? The Titans’ running game has been seriously jeopardized as a legitimate weapon due to the loss of Derrick Henry. All that’s left is a newish running back room featuring aging Adrian Peterson, unproven young guns like Jeremy McNichols and D’Onta Foreman.
Tennessee’s offense did not look like anything resembling its potent self last week in the temporary post-Henry era. They are relying on fickle winds of turnover luck to create short fields for the offense to thrive in. New Orleans has a defense capable of stopping Ryan Tannehill. Dumb turnovers have plagued him as of late so chances will be there for them to exploit.
Titans vs Saints Injury Report
Titans vs Saints: What are the odds?
Caesars has the Titans as three-point favorites at -100 while the Saints are +120 dogs. The over/under has been set at 44 even. The money line is the Titans at -150 and the Saints at +130.
BetMGM has the Titans as three point favorites at -105 while the Saints are +115 dogs. The over/under has been set at 44.5. The money line is the Titans at -120 and the Saints at +150.
Wynnbet has the Titans as three point favorites at -105 while the Saints are +115 dogs. The over/under has been set at 44 even. The money line is the Titans at -150 and the Saints +120.
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