Two disappointing teams will try again for their first win of the season on Sunday when the Tennessee Titans (0-2 SU, 0-2 ATS) host the Las Vegas Raiders (0-2, 0-2) as small home underdogs at sportsbooks monitored by Odds Shark.
The Titans were the top seed in the AFC a year ago, but they are coming off a 41-7 loss to the Buffalo Bills on Monday Night Football as 5.5-point road underdogs after blowing a 13-0 halftime lead to the New York Giants in a 21-20 setback as 5.5-point home favorites in their season opener.
Raiders vs Titans Opening Odds
The only real line movement on this game so far has involved the total, which has dropped from 48 to 45.5 in early betting action. Neither team has managed to score more than 23 points through the first two weeks, and both offenses have been a real disappointment early on. Las Vegas looks to have the better personnel offensively, and that is why the team opened as the road favorite, remaining that way at the moment.
Raiders Pay The Price For Taking Foot Off The Gas In Week 2
Las Vegas gambled and lost several times last Sunday, blowing a 20-0 halftime lead in a 29-23 overtime defeat to the Arizona Cardinals that might take awhile to recover from. Tennessee had a similar result at home in Week 1 and was shellacked at Buffalo, proving how hard it can be to get over something like that.
This will be a true test for the Raiders and new head coach Josh McDaniels, who played too conservatively in the second half when all they likely needed was one more touchdown instead of a field goal to lock up a victory and prevent that miraculous comeback by the Cardinals.
Las Vegas quarterback Derek Carr also missed on more than a few key throws that kept his team from winning.
Henry’s Limited Production Hurting Titans Offensively
Through two games, Tennessee running back Derrick Henry has carried the ball 34 times for 107 yards and one touchdown. The Titans were obviously hoping for more from the All-Pro even though he is coming off a season-ending foot injury a year ago.
Henry never got going against the Bills in that lopsided loss, but he should have an excellent opportunity to bounce back here vs a Raiders defense that had trouble stopping the run last week.
When he runs well, it opens up the passing game for quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who has been struggling mightily with the pressure on him to produce. Tannehill is clearly a game manager who cannot be counted on to win games on his own.
Raiders: Keys To Victory
Throwing the ball more to All-Pro wide receiver Davante Adams would be a good start. All we heard leading up to the regular season was how excited Carr was to play with his old college teammate.
Then in the team’s home opener, Adams had two catches for 12 yards after totaling 10 for 141 in his Week 1 debut. When you trade for a superstar player and then sign him to a five-year contract extension worth over $140 million, you have to make sure he gets the ball.
Carr needs to do a better job of keeping his buddy happy, otherwise he and his teammates will probably be heading back home for Week 4 at 0-3.
Titans: Keys To Victory
Similar to Adams in Las Vegas, Henry must get enough touches for him to make an impact for Tennessee. If he does not, the Titans are a completely different team offensively.
Granted, they managed to play very well for much of last season sans Henry after he got hurt. But then they fizzled out in the playoffs yet again. Tennessee’s biggest key to victory is getting Henry on track, which should also help take pressure off Tannehill.
NFL Computer Pick: Titans +2.5
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Odds Shark Staff Thu, Sep 29, 12:44pm