It will be a battle of the top two picks in this NFL week 1 tilt. Marcas Mariota and the Titans travel to the Sunshine State to face Jameis Winson and the Bucs.
Betting Trends Related To This Game:
- Tennessee Titans 2-6 On Road since last season
- Tennessee Titans 3-10 As Underdog or PK since last season
- Tennessee Titans 1-4 When Line was 40.5 to 43.5 since last season
- Tennessee Titans 2-6 As Road Underdog since last season
- Tennessee Titans 3-5 O-U On Road since last season*
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1-7 O-U At Home since last season*
- Tennessee Titans 3-6 O-U When Line is <45 since last season*
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers 3-6 O-U When Line is <45 since last season*
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2-4 O-U When Line was 40.5 to 43.5 since last season*
- Tennessee Titans 3-4 O-U vs Teams Averaging <21 PPG since last season*
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1-2 O-U vs Teams Averaging <21 PPG since last season*
Matchup: Tennessee Titans at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Date: Sunday, Sept. 13th, 2015
Start Time: 4:25 p.m. ET
Location: Tampa, Florida
Stadium: Raymond James Stadium
TV Info: CBS
Spread: Bucs -3
Game Total: 42
Stream: CBS Sports
Radio: Tennessee Vs Tampa Bay
Why Bet On Tennessee To Beat Tampa Bay (-3)
QB Marcus Mariota is more NFL ready than Jameis Winston.
The big debate before the 2015 NFL Draft was who would be the better pick, Winston from Florida State or Mariota from Oregon? The reason for the question was because many football analysts didn’t know who the more NFL ready QB might be.
The NFL Pre-season may have answered the question. Without a doubt, it appears that Mariota, who ended being the second player chosen in the draft after Tampa Bay drafted Winston, is the much better NFL ready quarterback. After a rough first game against Atlanta, Mariota looked great in his second NFL Pre-season matchup. He threw for 59 yards and a decent 7.4 average versus the Rams’ very good defense. In his third game, he threw for 99 yards and a 9.0 average, a high average in the NFL, versus KC’s very good defense.
If Mariota is able to exploit Tampa Bay’s less than stellar defense, Tennessee has a chance to not only cover the spread in this matchup, but to also beat Tampa Bay straight up. Tennessee could start the Mariota Era in style if their prized QB plays as well in Week 1 as he looked during the pre-season.
Why Bet On Tampa Bay (-3) To Beat Tennessee
Winston can lean on a good running game.
Jameis Winston didn’t look that good in the pre-season. His biggest issue has been two-fold. First, the Tampa Buccaneers’ offensive line isn’t very good at pass-protection. Second, Winston’s release is much too slow. He pulls the ball too far back, which causes him to release the football much later than successful NFL quarterbacks usually release the football. A slow release with a bad pass-protection offensive line is a recipe for disaster.
But what Winston may be able to do in Week 1 against Tennessee is lean on the Buc’s rushing attack. RB Doug Martin, who is playing in a contract season, showed a lot of enthusiasm during the pre-season. Versus Cincinnati’s excellent rush defense during the pre-season, Martin ran for 59 yards from 6 carries for a 9.8 average. He followed that performance up with 40 yards from 9 carries, a 4.4 average, against Cleveland’s very good rush defense in Tampa’s third pre-season game. Martin also scored a TD in that matchup.
As good as Martin has looked, the Buccaneers face a defense that matches up well with their personnel. Tennessee’s rush defense should be able to hold Martin to a less than 4.0 average. If that happens, the Titans could tee-off on Winston when he drops back to pass. This is setting up as a Tennessee straight up win.
I am picking the Titans in this game and the under. You can safely bet on them to win by 2 TDs. My final score prediction is Tennessee 27, Tampa Bay 10.