The 1.5-point underdog St. Louis Rams will face the Tennessee Titans in NFL preseason week 2 betting action. The game kicks off Sunday, August 23, 2015 at 8:00 PM ET from LP Field in Nashville. The game will be broadcast across the nation on FOX.
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A Closer Look At The St. Louis Rams Vs Tennessee Titans NFL Preseason Week 2 Odds, Betting Prediction & How To Watch
St. Louis Rams vs Tennessee Titans
Date: Sunday, August 23, 2015
Start Time: 8:00 PM ET
Location: Nashville, TN
Stadium: LP Field
Odds: Tennessee -1.5
Game Total: 38.5
TV Info: FOX
Online Stream: FOX Sports Go
Radio: St. Louis vs Tennessee
The St. Louis Rams (6-10 SU, 7-9 ATS, 8-8 O/U) have one of the game’s most respected head coaches in defensive guru, Jeff Fisher and a remade roster that includes a new starting quarterback in former Eagles’ signal-caller Nick Foles and a new starting running back in rookie Todd Gurley.
The Tennessee Titans (2-14 SU, 3-12-1 ATS, 6-10 O/U) will enter the 2015 NFL regular season much like they have each of the past three seasons, by trying to simply get back to being a respectable NFL franchise. The good news is that head coach Ken Whisenhunt will be going to battle with talented rookie signal-caller Marcus Mariota leading them instead of an aging veteran with no upside like they did last season.
Both teams will be looking to get the ‘W’ in this Week 2 preseason pairing after dropping their respective openers last weekend, but only one will walk away victorious – and I know which one.
Now, let’s examine the inner working of this under the radar regular season opener.
How much time will both starting quarterbacks see?
I expect to se both starting quarterbacks play a minimum of an entire quarter in this contest, if not something closer to a full half.
Marcus Mariota played just about one quarter in Tennessee’s 31-24 loss to Atlanta on Friday as a 2.5-point road dog while Nick Foles played significantly less time in the Rams’ humbling 18-3 loss to Oakland on Friday while failing to cover the spread as a 1-point road dog.
Mariota had two costly turnovers on his first drive but bounced back nicely to complete 7 of 8 passes for 94 yards before giving way to back Zach Mettenberger. Foles completed 3 of 5 passes for 69 yards with no turnovers before exiting.
Is Mariota better than Mettenberger?
The answer here is as easy as pie people. The Tennessee Titans has the far better backup in young signal-caller Zach Mettenberger, although I will admit that I really enjoyed watching Rams backup Austin Dais last season.
This time around however, St. Louis is apparently planning on playing veteran Case Keenum as their primary backup behind Foles, with former Vikings bust Christian Ponder currently third on the depth chart and Davis, fourth.
Still, none of the Rams’ backups are quite as talented as the string-armed Mettenberger, who completed 8 of 11 passes for 129 yards with one touchdown and one interception against the Falcons.
What must the Rams do to cover the 1.5-point spread as road underdogs?
Um….how about try scoring the ball?
Seriously though, St. Louis looked mostly inept in putting just three points on the board against Oakland. The Rams generated just 285 total yards of offense in the loss, though I guess I should point out that Todd Gurley didn’t play and Foles played ‘super limited’ minutes.
St. Louis ranked a woeful 28th in total offense and an underwhelming 21st in scoring last season (20.2 ppg). If the Rams don’t improve their ability to put points on the board, then it could be a long season in St. Louie – and potentially, Jeff Fisher’s last season with the NFC West residents.
How Can The Titans Beat the Rams?
Cut out the turnovers and protect the quarterback!
If Tennessee doesn’t turn the ball over three times – and let Mariota get sacked a pair of times against the Falcons, they very well could have pulled off the preseason upset over Atlanta.
Mariota’s two costly turnovers resulted directly in points for the Falcons and Zach Mettenberger’s interception didn’t help the Titans’ cause any.
Who Should You Bet On To Win This Game?
Tennessee beat St. Louis 28-21 to cash in as a 3-point road dog, but these inter-conference foes only play each other about once very four years. The Titans are 5-5 SU and 6-3 ATS in their last 10 meetings against the Titans.
Having said all of that, I like the St. Louis Rams to get the road upset as their powerful defensive line forces Mariota and Mettenberger into at last one turnover apiece.
Tennessee is just 2-8 SU and 1-8-1 ATS in its last 10 home games while St. Louis has gone 3-7 SU and 4-6 ATS in their last 10 road games.
Tennessee is 2-3 ATS in its last five games as a favorite of two points or less while Tennessee has posted a polar-opposite 3-2 ATS over their last five games as an underdog of two points or less.