The NFL Week 2 betting line has the Detroit Lions as 5.5-point favorites to beat the Tennessee Titans. The Lions are gunning for their second victory versus an AFC opponent. The game kicks-off this Sunday, September 18 at 1 PM ET, from the Ford Field, in Detroit, Michigan.
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Tennessee Titans Vs Detroit Lions NFL Week 2 Line & Final Score Prediction
What: Tennessee Titans (0-1) at Detroit Lions (1-0)
When: Sunday, September 18, 2016
Start Time: 1:00 PM ET
Where: Detroit, MI
Stadium: Ford Field
Spread: Lions -5.5
Game Total: 46.5
Stream: CBS Sports
Listen: Tennessee vs Detroit
Why Bet The Tennessee Titans To Beat The Lions
The Titans played well for about 35 minutes last week and then everything went to to hell in a hand basket. With a 10-0 lead at halftime, the team looked good on both sides of the ball. Two Mariota turnovers later the Titans lost 25-16 to the Vikings last week.
Their run game wasn’t great, but it will improve. RB DeMarco Murray had only 42 yards, and the team had 64 rushing yards total against Minnesota. The former league-leading rusher did catch 2 TD passes. The credit goes to the Vikings defense which held both Murray and rookie RB Derrick Henry to 45 rushing yards combined in the afternoon.
Their passing game was effective at times. Mariota had 271 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. He completed 25 of 41 passes.
Seven different players caught a ball. Both touchdown receptions came from RB DeMarco Murray. Their offense is different and sometimes hard for defenses to figure out. ConsiderTennessee is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing Detroit.
Why Bet The Detroit Lions To Beat The Titans
The Lions need to avoid shooting themselves in the leg, and they will be fine. The Titans turned the ball over three times against the Vikings. Detroit will win this game by just capitalizing on Tennessee’s mistakes.
Detroit recorded 448 total yards in the 39-35 win over the Indianapolis Colts in week one. 332 of those 448 yards came via the passing game. They added 116 rushing yards and never turned the ball over.
QB Matthew Stafford said his offense would look better without WR Calvin Johnson around. He believes he can spread the ball efficiently. Stafford had a great game against Indy. He went 31 of 39 for 340 yards, with three touchdowns and zero interceptions.
The Titans defense allowed 236 yards from old-man QB Shaun Hill. Matthew Stafford will destroy them. Detroit is 9-4 SU in its last 13 games at home.
Betting Trends Related To This Matchup
- Tennessee is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
- Tennessee is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
- The total has gone OVER in 5 of Tennessee’s last 6 games
- Tennessee is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
- Tennessee is 2-13 SU in its last 15 games on the road
- Detroit is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
- Detroit is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
- The total has gone OVER in 5 of Detroit’s last 7 games
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
The Titans will hang around this game, but it won’t be enough. I’m not buying the Lions just yet. However, Tennessee’s defense will struggle against Detroit’s offense.
My final score prediction is Tennessee 24, Detroit 34.