Week 10 – Know Thy Enemy: New Orleans Saints

titans vs saints
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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

PPG: 25.12

Points allowed: 155

PPGa: 19.37

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: 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. 

Team Mentality 

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. 

WR2?

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. 

Locate 20

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.

Prediction

NEW ORLEANS 31

Tennessee 24

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Week 7 Preview – Know Thy Enemy: Kansas City Chiefs

Titans vs. Chiefs
Titans vs. Chiefs Credit: TitansWire

It’s Titans vs Chiefs week as the Kansas City Chiefs pays a visit to Nashville to debate which city has the best BBQ + hot chicken recipes and to play a football game in between. The high octane Chiefs offense should have little issue carving up an entirely gracious Titans defense.

Can the struggling Titans passing game keep going score for score with KC? Are the Titans mentally ready after defeating the Bills in an emotional Monday night victory? How much longer can Derrick Henry keep up this immense pace? Who will win this premier match between two AFC contenders in Week 7 of the NFL?

Chiefs Key Numbers + Info (2021 season)

Record: 3-3 (1-1 AFC North)

Points scored: 185

PPG: 30.8

Points allowed: 176

PPGa: 29.3

Avg. yards per rush: 4.9

Average. yards per rush allowed: 5.2

Avg. rush yards per game: 125

Avg. rush yards per game allowed: 133.16

Rushing TDs: 5 for, 9 against

Avg. pass yards per game: 308.5

Avg. pass yards per game allowed: 277.33

Passing TDs: 18 for, 11 against

Pass Completion Rate: 69%

Pass Completion Rate Against: 66%

Leading Rusher: Clyde Edwards-Helaire (65 attempts for 304 yards)

Top Receiver: Tyreek Hill (46 receptions for 592 yards, five touchdowns)

Leading Tackler: Nick Bolton (40 tackles, five tackles for loss)

Key Additions: OT Orlando Brown, OG Trey Smith (rookie), C Creed Humphrey (rookie), RB Darrel Williams, DL Jarran Reed, OL Joe Thuney, TE Blake Bell, OL Austin Blythe, LB Nick Bolton (rookie), OL Mike Remmers, RB Jerick McKinnon, CB Mike Hughes, WR Josh Gordon

Key Losses: OT Mitchell Schwartz, OT Eric Fisher, OL Kyle Long (PUP), RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire (IR), OL Martinas Rankin, P Dustin Colquitt, DE Joshua Kaindoh (IR)

Titans vs Chiefs Series History

Kansas City leads the all-time series 30-24

Tennessee Call Out, Ball Out

Team defense 

– Turns out Patrick Mahomes is still a pretty decent player, that guy. Tennessee will need all hands on deck, especially a banged-up secondary to even remotely begin to think about containing the Chefs. The front seven will need to expose a still gelling offensive line if at all possible. Without a team-wide effort, it can get ugly real fast. Suffice to say, a miracle needs to happen. 

Derrick Henry 

– The superstar back will do what he does best to keep the ball away from a potent Chiefs offense. He’s on an unprecedented record-breaking pace for production. Can he hold up for the long and cruel grind that this game is? The Chiefs defense isn’t exactly the 2000 Ravens as of press time. Needless to say, the running back will need to be his level best once again.  

Offensive line. Please do anything

– The Titans will need to rejigger some things as usual as left tackle Taylor Lewan is out due to a concussion suffered on Monday night. Left guard Rodger Saffold is a constant shuffle in and out of the lineup. Ben Jones is seemingly the only good constant on the line.

Yes, the Chiefs defense is what it is but the Tennessee line is banged up and heavily reliant on questionable backups. Ryan Tannehill needs some time to get it going. He’s been one of the most heavily sacked quarterbacks this season. Which group will break first?

Keys to a Chiefs Victory

“Fix” Patrick Mahomes

– Yeah he’s already a legendary figure in the annals of league history but there’s a glaring turnover issue he’s dealing with this season. It needs to be fixed so that inferior teams such as the Titans don’t have a hope of limiting him.

Mahomes is borderline unstoppable when he’s fully on and operating with his full set of weapons. It’s possible that he’s trying to compensate for the lack of defensive cover or he’s experimenting due to the sheer limitless potential of his talent. 

Stop the guy wearing 11 

– The Chiefs’ much-beleaguered secondary will need to stop the Titans’ primary receiving weapon and now Chipotle’s mortal enemy, AJ Brown. After a few weeks of battling injury and ineffectiveness, Brown finally broke out in the second half last week. Stop 11 and a hampered Julio Jones, Kansas City will contain the passing attack. 

Keep on going! 

– The series has been pockmarked with pitched back and forth battles over the years between the two AFC powers. KC has had a better time of it during the past two games though, thoroughly eviscerating the suspect Titans defense every time. Andy Reid is a masterful offensive mind and his protégé Eric Bienemy should’ve been a head coach long ago. Keep the good times rolling! 

Titans vs Chiefs Injury Report

Titans vs Chiefs: What are the odds?

Caesars has the Chiefs as four-point favorites at -110 while the Titans are +110 dogs. The over/under has been set at 57.5. The money line is the Chiefs at -210 and the Titans at +175.

BetMGM has the Chiefs as 4.5 point favorites at -110 while the Titans are +110 dogs. The over/under has been set at 57.5. The money line is the Bills at -200 and the Titans at +175.

Wynnbet has the Chiefs as 4.5 favorites at -115 while the Titans are +105 dogs. The over/under has been set at 57.5. The money line is the Chiefs at -215 and the Titans +175.

Prediction

KANSAS CITY 42

Tennessee Titans 31

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Week 6 Preview – Know Thy Enemy: Buffalo Bills

Know Thy Enemy: Buffalo Bills
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The Tennessee Titans host the current class of the AFC on primetime television, a Buffalo Bills team that absolutely dominated the disappointing Chiefs last week. Buffalo will be out to avenge last season’s blowout defeat to the Titans where Josh Norman was eviscerated into nothingness by Derrick Henry. The league’s top-ranked offense and defense currently reside in western New York led by perennial MVP candidate Josh Allen. Can the Titans muster enough Henry to keep their horrifically abysmal and devastatingly dire defense from getting blown out?  

Key Numbers + Info (2021 season)

Record: 4-1 (1-0 AFC East)

Points scored: 172

PPG: 18.5

Points allowed: 115

PPGa: 34.4

Average yards per rush: 4.5

Avg. yards per rush allowed: 3.7

Average rush yards per game: 140.4

Avg. rush yards per game allowed: 78.4

Rushing TDs: for, 1 against

Avg. pass yards per game: 270.0

Avg. pass yards per game allowed: 173.4

Passing TDs: 12 for, against

Pass Completion Rate: 63%

Pass Completion Rate Against: 76%

Top Rusher: Devin Singletary (55 attempts for 284 yards and one touchdown)

Leading Receiver: Stefon Diggs (28 receptions for 374 yards and one touchdown)

Leading Tackler: Tremaine Edmunds (30 tackles, two tackles for loss, two passes defended, and one interception)

Key Additions: EDGE Gregory Rousseau (rookie), EDGE Boogie Basham (rookie), OT Spencer Brown (rookie), OL Ike Boettger, OL Bobby Hart, WR Emmanuel Sanders, LB A.J. Klein, LB Tyler Matakevich, TE Kahale Warring, QB Mitchell Trubisky, RB Matt Breida

Key Losses: WR Marquez Stevenson (IR), TE Bug Howard, EDGE Bryan Cox, Jr, OL Forrest Lamp, OL Jamil Douglas

Series History

Tennessee leads the series against the Buffalo Bills 29-19-0

Tennessee Call Out, Ball Out

Team mentality

The whole footballing world is discounting the Titans’ ability to even stay remotely close to the Buffalo Bills on Monday. Can Tennessee circle the wagons and pull off the upset over notorious #BillsMafia? Both coordinators will need to call the game of their lives for the Titans to have a chance. Can the rest of the team help supplement the ever omnipresent Derrick Henry? Mike Vrabel is known for rallying the troops and pulling off upset. Can he pull a rabbit out of the hat at home? Tennessee must play within themselves and not fall into the hype trying to be something they’re not. 

Ball Control

Ride the King to win the time of possession game. The Titans defense as currently constituted couldn’t stop a minor nosebleed, much less the league’s top offense. A Josh Allen on the sidelines is a Josh Allen that can’t hurt you. Todd Downing is one of the lower tier offensive coordinators so he can’t be lulled into trying to go score for score with the powerful Bills offense. Shorten the game by pounding the ball against a terrifying defense if you can.  

Offensive line = fix it

Ryan Tannehill can’t throw the ball from his back unlike one Patrick Mahomes (probably). The offensive line has been horrendous in pass protection when healthy as it is. As it were, guard Rodger Saffold is dealing with one injury or another at any point during a game. Taylor Lewan fluctuates from indifferent to repulsively abhorrent, battling his way back from an ACL injury last year. Nate Davis has regressed badly. Don’t get me started on the right tackle situation. 

Caleb Farley

Welcome the big leagues, son. Now go cover one of the best receivers in the league in your first start. The former first round selection is likely getting the start due to emerging star corner Kristian Fulton out due to injury. Much will be expected of the former Hokies defensive back. I’m just not sure that he can deliver against Stefon Diggs along with Janoris Jenkins is now a slow rabbit. 

Keys to a Buffalo Bills Victory

Keep on Keeping On

Josh Allen probably is the favorite for the MVP at this point in the season. He’s coming off a team wide destruction of the perennial AFC favorite Chiefs. The Bills are looking like the class of the whole league. Tennessee, meanwhile, is decidedly not a team like that. While no team is a walkover, the Bills severely outclass the Titans from top to bottom. They should have no difficulty in dominating Tennessee on the road where Nashville related demons need to be exorcised. They can’t even use the trap game excuse as a freshly beaten in London by a fantastically bad Jaguars team, Dolphins are on next week’s docket. Defenestrate the Titans from the finicky clutches of the AFC contender’s club and move on. 

A hearty feast on Derrick Henry

Stop the transcendent beast that is Derrick Henry and you’ve won the game in essence. Tannehill, given all of his offensive line and receiver issues, poses no threat to steal the game on his own. A top gear Henry is a tough assignment for any defense, but the Bills have the firepower to match him at every level. 

Revenge of the…Herd?

The Titans thoroughly outclassed the Bills last season at Nissan Stadium. Buffalo will be out to avenge that Tuesday night loss (due to COVID). A loss that included the eternal soul removal of Josh Norman afflicted upon him by one Derrick Henry. Can the top team in the league keep the positive momentum going in the land of honky tonks and bachelorette parties? 

Injury Report

What are the odds?

Caesars has the Bills as 5.5 point favorites at -110 while the Titans are +110 dogs. The over/under has been set at 53.5. The money line is the Titans at -250 and the Jaguars at +205.

BetMGM has the Bills as 5,5 point favorites at -110 while the Titans are +110 dogs. The over/under has been set at 53.5. The money line is the Bills at -250 and the Titans at +200.

Wynnbet has the Bills as six-point favorites at -105 while the Titans are +115 dogs. The over/under has been set at 53 even. The money line is the Bills at -240 and the Titans +200.

Prediction

BUFFALO BILLS 49

Tennessee Titans 21

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Key Numbers + Info (2021 season)

Record: 0-4 (0-1 AFC South)

Points scored: 74

PPG: 18.5

Points allowed: 115

PPGa: 28.75

Average yards per rush: 4.9

Avg. yards per rush allowed: 3.5

Average rush yards per game: 112.5

Avg. rush yards per game allowed: 106.25

Rushing TDs: 4 for, 6 against

Avg. pass yards per game: 209.25

Avg. pass yards per game allowed: 312.25

Passing TDs: 5 for, 6 against

Pass Completion Rate: 57%

Pass Completion Rate Against: 75%

Leading Rusher: James Robinson (49 attempts for 238 yards, three touchdowns)

Top Receiver: Marvin Jones, Jr (20 receptions for 218 yards, two touchdowns)

Leading Tackler: Myles Jack (32 tackles, one tackle for loss)

Key Additions: QB Trevor Lawrence (rookie), WR Marvin Jones, Jr, RB Carlos Hyde, S Rayshawn Jenkins, DL Jihad Ward, DT Malcolm Brown (trade), CB Tyson Campbell (rookie), S Andre Cisco (rookie), CB Shaquill Griffin, WR Tavon Austin, OT Walker Little (rookie), DL Roy Robertson-Harris, TE Dan Arnold

Key Losses: QB Gardner Minshew (traded), RB Travis Etienne (IR), WR D.J. Chark (IR), OL AJ Cann (IR), RB Duke Johnson, LB Dylan Moses (NFI), LB Joe Schobert (traded), CB CJ Henderson (traded) HC Urban Meyer (locker room and very little remaining integrity)

Series History

Tennessee leads the series 32-21-0

Tennessee Call Out, Ball Out

Derrick Henry. Jaguars Killer

– Henry is a notorious Jaguars killer and has made a career’s worth of ending careers via stiff arms solely against Jacksonville defenders. He has multiple 200-yard games against his hometown team. Tennessee will need him as the other weapons don’t even register a threat against a tough Jaguars defense. The Titans will probably have to ride him in yet another game as the offensive line cannot provide pass protection for whatever reason. He’s also continuing his good run of form as a legitimate threat out of the backfield. 

Shane Bowen is not #good

– Trevor Lawrence hasn’t been off to the greatest starts so it’s expected that he will get right and light up a wounded and abysmal Titans defense. A get-right game for the Titans defense would be ideal for under-fire defensive coordinator Shane Bowen to keep the hounds at bay. If they can’t stop him, then it will be another long season and possibly put Mike Vrabel’s status as the head coach under more scrutiny. Advisor Jim Schwartz is in the wings as a consultant who could be hired as the defensive coordinator should Bowen continue his horrifically poor run of form. Vrabel’s hands aren’t bloodless either as this is his defense with a new name on the DC door. 

Business Trip

– Tennessee failed to put away the Jets and paid dearly for it with a shocking loss last week. They need to win this one to show something as an AFC contender or be known as false hope. Get in, dominate, and get out as healthy as you can. This needs to be the mindset of the team after last week’s miserable failure. Nashville’s team needs to quit playing down to the level of its opponents and treat every game like it’s the playoffs. A loss to Jacksonville won’t kill the season entirely but it will put a severe dent in the Titans’ aspirations to win the division again.  

Keys to a Jaguars Victory

Establish. The. Run

What’s a good way to get a struggling rookie quarterback going? A running game to take the load off his shoulders of course. James Robinson has ascended to the top of the depth chart once again and increasingly looks like his breakout rookie self in his second season. Trevor Lawrence has yet to reach his full potential and has looked overwhelmed like a typical rookie quarterback at times. Tennessee is coming into the game, heavily injured, and once sported a whopping 20 players on the injury report. The Titans’ defense has been massively depleted, particularly the front seven. A recipe for the Jaguars to unleash its run game. 

Pressure the Quarterback

The Titans’ offensive line has been categorically, undeniably, a horrendous farcical portrait of quality line play. They have surrendered an insane 17 sacks to match Tannehill’s jersey number. Teams are beginning to use the Titans as the “get right” game to cure whatever ails their anemic pass rush. Chandler Jones still hasn’t matched the sack totals he accumulated against Tennessee. The Jets teed off to the tune of SEVEN sacks last week. Jacksonville has the weapons but not the production to cause havoc. If Josh Allen and co can get home, it will be a miserable day for the Tennessee offense missing key starters. 

Team Mentality

What’s it like after a week full of the scandalous Urban Meyer brouhaha? It can’t be positive after reports emerged that Meyer has already lost the locker room amidst a winless season. How does the team respond after all that mess? Do they fold or rally around each other to win one?  

Injury Report

Update: Tennessee has since downgraded EDGE Bud Dupree and OT Ty Sambrailo to OUT

What are the odds?

Caesars has the Titans as 4.5 point favorites at -110 while the Jaguars are +110 dogs. The over/under has been set at 48.5. The money line is the Titans at -210 and the Jaguars at +175.

BetMGM has the Titans as 4.5 point favorites at -110 while the Jaguars are +110 dogs. The over/under has been set at 48.5. The money line is the Titans at -200 and the Jaguars at +165.

Wynnbet has the Titans as four point favorites at -115 while the Jaguars are +105 dogs. The over/under has been set at 48.5. The money line is the Titans at -215 and the Jaguars +165.

Prediction

TENNESSEE 24

Jacksonville 17

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Know Thy Enemy: New York Jets

The 2-1 Tennessee Titans head to the Big Apple (well, Jersey) to take on the hapless but competitive Jets after consecutive weeks of emotional victories. Can they keep the good times rolling or will the injuries prove too much to overcome? Robert Saleh will be looking for his first signature victory while trying to rebuild the once-proud “J-E-T-S Jets, Jets, Jets!” franchise. Will New York #TakeFlight for the upset? What do the numbers say? 

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Key Numbers + Info (2021 season)

Record: 0-3 (0-1 AFC East)

Points scored: 20

PPG: 6

Points allowed: 70

PPG allowed: 23.3

Average yards per rush: 3.9

Avg. yards per rush allowed: 3.8

Average rush yards per game: 80

Avg. rush yards per game allowed: 110.66

Rushing TDs: 0 for, 5 against

Avg. pass yards per game: 170

Avg. pass yards per game allowed: 217.33

Passing TDs: 2 for, 1 against

Pass Completion Rate: 55%

Pass Completion Rate Against: 72%

Leading Rusher: Michael Carter (24 attempts for 89 yards, 0 touchdowns)

Top Receiver: Braxton Berrios (14 receptions for 150 yards, 0 touchdowns)

Leading Tackler: C.J. Mosley (24 tackles, one pass defensed)

Key Additions: WR Corey Davis, WR Keelan Cole, OL Alijah Vera-Tucker, OL Dan Feeney, TE Tyler Kroft, QB Zach Wilson (rookie), EDGE Shaq Lawson (trade), LB Hamsah Nasirildeen (rookie), P Thomas Morstead, LB Jamien Sherwood (rookie), CB Brandin Echols (rookie), WR Elijah Moore (rookie), DT Sheldon Rankins

Key Losses: QB Sam Darnold (trade), Mekhi Becton (IR), EDGE Vinny Curry (NFI), LB Jarrad Davis (IR), S Lamarcus Joyner (IR), EDGE Carl Lawson (IR), S Ashtyn Davis (IR), LB BJ Goodson (retired), C Pat Elflein, EDGE Henry Anderson, LB Jordan Jenkins, LB Tarell Basham

Series History

Tennessee leads the series 25-19-1

Tennessee Call Out, Ball Out

Derrick Henry. PPR Superstar

– Henry is on pace to smash his career-best in receptions and receiving yards, posting 12 catches for 105 yards thus far. The already ultra dangerous runner is a beast, but to add the passing game dimension makes him even deadlier for defenses to try to scheme against. With the Titans’ top two receivers out, Henry will be relied upon more, not only as a runner but as a receiver out of the backfield as well. Can the stout Jets defense contain him? 

Make Zach Wilson Uncomfortable

– The young rookie signal-caller has been sacked an astounding 15 times in just three games, thanks to a suspect offensive line. Tennessee has improved on defense but with a litany of pass rushers out for this game, including megabucks signing Bud Dupree, it will be interesting. Harold Landry has quietly emerged as a leading pressure man along with team sack leader Ola Adeniyi. Wilson definitely has had some rough patches while trying to pilot the moribund Jets offense. Tennessee must be licking their chops against an offensive line missing its best player, Mekhi Becton. 

All about business

– The Jets aren’t the most talented team on the Titans’ schedule, admittedly. Tennessee will need to make quick and efficient work of a rebuilding team and move on to next week. Ryan Tannehill hasn’t had THAT breakout game and he’s coming off a pedestrian performance so he will need to lead Tennessee. The banged-up offensive line will need to keep Quinnen Williams and co at bay.

Keys to a Jets Victory

Wilson must be decisive

Wilson has had an inauspicious start to his pro career, completing just 55% of his passes and throwing a 2/7 touchdown to interceptions ratio. He needs to be decisive and take command in order for the Jets offense to expose Tennessee’s injured defense. It’s safe to say that the Jets’ efforts to surround him with talent haven’t worked out just yet. WR Denzel Mims will be active so there’s that  

Corey Davis Revenge Game?

– Davis admitted that he was affected personally by the Titans’ decision not to re-sign him in favor of other targets. He will love to have his revenge as the Jets WR1 and he faces a Titans secondary that is hemorrhaging numbers to receivers on a weekly basis. It will be interesting to see which Titans corner faces him, Jackrabbit Jenkins or the rising Kristian Fulton. The Jets and Wilson will need him to step up, that’s for sure.  

Cut off Henry at the pass 

As mentioned earlier, the “new” found pass game dimension that Henry has added to his repertoire will be challenging for Robert Saleh to scheme against. Julio Jones and AJ Brown are both out with injury in this one, leaving Henry as the sole big-name threat. If the Jets can adequately cover the other Titans receivers like Nick Westbrook-Ikhine and Chester Rogers, they have a shot at pulling off the upset. We will see if Saleh’s men can get to Henry at the front to protect their “unproven” linebackers. No infamous proclamations from the Jets defense about wanting Henry like most college teams wanting Bama. 

Injury Report

What are the odds?

Caesars has the Titans as 6 point favorites at -110 while the Jets are +110 dogs. The over/under has been set at 44.5. The money line is the Titans at -280 and the Jets at +230.

BetMGM has the Titans as 6 point favorites at -110 while the Jets are +110 dogs. The over/under has been set at 44.5. The money line is the Titans at -300 and the Jets at +250.

Prediction

Tennessee 20

NEW YORK JETS 24

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