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Can the Hyped-up Titans Come as Advertised?

How fitting is it that the Raiders and Titans are meeting in Week 1. The former was the consensus darling team heading into the 2016 season and with all the hype surrounding the latter, it would seem the Titans have grabbed the torch and assumed that role for the upcoming campaign. Adding to the parallels, Marcus Mariota and Derek Carr will make returns for their respective clubs after they both suffered horrific season-ending leg injuries in Week 16 last year.

SHARK BITES
  • The Raiders are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games on the road.
  • The Raiders are 3-8 SU in their last 11 games on the road against the Titans.
  • The Titans are 9-24-1 ATS in their last 34 games in the early afternoon.

Oakland and Tennessee matched up last season as well but their game produced just 27 total points in a Raiders win and cover. With an opening total of 53, though, it’s probably safe to assume that there will be significantly more fireworks when these teams break the ice – and hopefully not their legs – this Sunday.

While both teams’ offenses project as being elite, 53 points is a lot. After seeing OVERs come in at a ridiculous rate last year (18 times in 26 games with totals of 51 or more), bookmakers will be trying to take advantage of a public that’s foaming at the mouth to bet the OVER. The total may be a bet to avoid in this one with a few unknown factors still to be determined, i.e. Marshawn Lynch.

The shifty bruiser has apparently not lost a step in his time off and he’ll get every shot to be the Raiders’ top tailback but he could have problems producing in Week 1 against a stingy rush defense that allowed only 88.3 yards per game a season ago.

Looking at the Titans, budding superstar Marcus Mariota will be throwing to a massively upgraded receiving corps and he’ll hand the ball off to one of the best running back tandems in the NFL. Last season, DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry combined for over 1700 rushing yards and they should only be more effective in 2017 with Corey Davis and Eric Decker expected to take some pressure off the Tennessee running game.

The Raiders had one of the worst defenses in the league in 2016, giving up 375.1 yards per game, so if the Titans come as advertised, they could move the ball at will on Sunday.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The Tennessee Titans were 1-point favorites at oddsmaker shops such as Bovada, while the NFL total was set at 53 for OVER/UNDER totals betting.

OddsShark computer NFL score prediction models picked a possible 25-17 win for the Titans on Sunday. That score may change during the week, if injury or weather factors alter the numbers, so check the NFL picks page before game time. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NFL matchups here.

Oakland Raiders vs Tennessee Titans Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Betting fans of the Tennessee Titans saw them go 9-7 and 7-9 ATS last season, while the Oakland Raiders were at 12-5 and 10-7 ATS. In OVER/UNDER totals betting, the Oakland Raiders were 12-5, while the Tennessee Titans were 10-6. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Tennessee vs Oakland injuries news.

The Power Rankings at OddsShark have the No. 7-rated Oakland Raiders taking on the No. 19-rated Tennessee Titans in this betting contest.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Tennessee Titans No. 14-ranked offense last season (23.81 PPG) against a Oakland Raiders defense that ranked No. 20 at 24.24 PPG. The Titans passing attack averaged 220.81 yards per game, less than the Raiders gave up through the air (252.24 YPG on average).

In comparing defenses, the Oakland Raiders owned the league's No. 16-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 112.22 yards per game when on the road. Tennessee, on the other hand, rated No. 3 in generating rushing yards at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Raiders suffered a wild-card playoff loss against Houston in their last game, falling 27-14 at NRG Stadium.

Rishard Matthews was good for 114 receiving yards in the Titans' most recent action, helping his team to a 24-17 victory over the Texans.

Betting Trends
  • Oakland is 11-4 SU in its last 15 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 8 of Oakland's last 11 games
  • Oakland is 9-3 ATS in its last 12 games on the road
  • Oakland is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games on the road
  • Tennessee is 7-16-1 ATS in its last 24 games
  • Tennessee is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 9 of Tennessee's last 13 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Tennessee's last 6 games

Next Betting Matchups

Oakland home to New York, Sunday, September 17
Tennessee at Jacksonville, Sunday, September 17

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