Monday Night Football Odds
Matt Leinart and Vince Young meet up for another showdown tonight when the Arizona Cardinals and Tennessee Titans clash on preseason Monday Night Football.
The last time Leinart and Young faced off was in Week 12 last season. Leinart got the start in place of an injured Kurt Warner, but Young played spoiler with a last-second touchdown pass to Kenny Britt to give Tennessee a 20-17 victory. In tonight's rematch the Titans are a 3.5-point home favorite. Leinart's tenure as the Cardinals' new starting quarterback began last week with a 19-16 win over Houston as a 2.5-point underdog. Leinart and the starting offense didn't win that game though, as Arizona fell behind 16-0 before a 19-point comeback in the fourth quarter. Leinart didn't get off to the greatest start against the Texans. On the first series he botched a handoff and the ensuing fumble led to an 11-yard loss. On the very next play Leinart was sacked and Arizona lost 12 more yards. He settled down after that and completed 6-of-7 passes for 49 yards, but couldn't lead the Cards to any points, partly because a 50-yard field goal attempt went wide right.
Beanie Wells had a strong start to the preseason out of the backfield with 36 yards on 11 carries with a touchdown reception, while the Cardinals' receivers had a hard night. Larry Fitzgerald suffered a sprained MCL on his only catch and is out for the rest of the preseason. The ranks were thinned even more after Early Doucet suffered an abdominal strain that will keep him out of Monday night's game. The Titans kicked off the preseason last week with a 20-18 loss to Seattle as 3.5-point chalk. Young completed his first five passes before getting picked off in his sixth attempt. He was pulled after that series and finished the game 5-of-6 for 78 yards with the lone interception.
Chris Johnson found the end zone once while rushing for seven yards on five carries. The expected game plan for the Titans on Monday night is to leave their offensive and defensive starters in for at least the first quarter. On the injury front for Tennessee DE Williams Hayes (MCL), DT Tony Brown (knee), and LD David Thornton (shoulder) are all expected to miss the Monday nighter.