NFL Preseason week 3 betting action continues with the Kansas City Chiefs hosting the Tennessee Titans this Friday. The game kicks off at at 8:00 PM ET, at Arrowhead Stadium.
All eyes for the Titans remain firmly on their 2nd overall pick: QB Marcus Mariota. Skating under the radar is former sixth rounder: sophomore QB Zach Mettenberger. The later has outplayed Mariota, who was given the keys to the kingdom on draft night. Coach Ken Whisenhunt is saying all the right things. That it is a “good problem” to have two quarterbacks they would feel comfortable starting and not one he’s trying to solve by moving Mettenberger off the roster. Either way you slice the cake, the Titans drafted Mariota to start because they didn’t believe Mettenberger was a long term solution.
Ken Whisenhunt: We're fortunate to have Zach Mettenberger http://t.co/vKxdzch3NT
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) August 25, 2015
The Chiefs have a different problem, their offensive line is playing a hair better than Washington’s. Chiefs’ head coach Andy Reid admitted to hiccups on his O-line. The Chiefs need to protect QB Alex Smith and give stud RB Jamaal Charles the the lanes to get to the open field where he can use his speed to make plays. KC is 2-0 this preseason.
A Closer Look At The Tennessee Titans at Kansas City Chiefs NFL Preseason Week 3 Odds, Betting Prediction & How To Watch
Tennessee Titans vs Kansas City Chiefs
Date: Friday, August 28, 2015
Start Time: 8:00 PM ET
Location: Kansas City, MO
Stadium: Arrowhead Stadium
Odds: Chiefs -4.5
Game Total: 43
Radio: Tennessee vs Kansas City
The Tennessee Titans pulled off a 27-14 victory over the St Louis Rams last week. Mariota, who is the projected regular season starter, completed five of eight passes for 59 yards. Mariota struggled on the field, but showed great poise by playing through a defective communicator device in his helmet.
“They (Rams) brought a few different looks,” Mariota said. “But those guys up front did a good job of handling it. We were able to move the ball and figure out how to combat some of those things.”
QB Alex Tanney completed 7 of 9 passes for 105 yards and one touchdown while Mettenberger completed 7 of 9 passes for 91 yards and a touchdown.
“Right now I’m a Titan, and really that’s all I can worry about. I’m looking forward to getting back out at practice and continuing to work on my craft,” Mettenberger said . “Right now, I’m in a position to be the backup and that’s my job. I’m worried about making sure Marcus is ready to go each and every week, and if anything happens, I’m ready to go in and have everything operate smoothly. Really, I’m just worried about making myself better when we get back to practice.”
NFL Insider Louis Riddick says 5 teams should be calling the Titans about acquiring QB Zach Mettenberger. https://t.co/CAozMQpLwx
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) August 24, 2015
Last year’s fantasy dud rusher Brandon Sankey ran for 45 yards in six attempts while David Cobb added 26 yards in eight attempts.
|2014 Offensive Leaders||2014 Defensive Leaders|
|QB Zach Mettenberger (1412 yds, 8 TDs, 7 INTs)||S Michael Griffin (112 tackles)|
|RB Bishop Sankey (569 yds, 2 TDs)||CB Jason McCourty (3 INTs)|
|TE Delaine Walker (890 yds, 4 TDs)||DE Derrick Morgan (6.5 sacks)|
Last week the Cheifs narrowaly escaped the Beastmode-less Seahawks last week, 14-13. Smith went 11 of 18 for 81 yards and one touchdown, his first to a wide reciever in over a year. He also tossed one INT. Backup quarterback Chase Daniel completed 8 of 12 passes for 82 yards and one touchdown. Newcomer Jeremy Maclin, who played for Reid in Phily, caught three balls for 22 yards and a TD.
“Yeah, I think there were (positive) signs, we got more reps,” Smith told the said. “I think we finally got into a rhythm. The touchdown scoring drive had some good things in it and there were some good things in the red zone. Obviously, there were some things that need to get corrected and things we need to get better at as well, but yeah, I think there was progress.”
|Kansas City Chiefs|
|2014 Offensive Leaders||2014 Defensive Leaders|
|QB Alex Smith (3265 yds, 18 TDs, 6 INTs)||LB Josh Mauga (103 tackles)|
|RB Jamaal Charles (1033 yds, 9 TDs)||S Kurt Coleman Thomas (3 INTs)|
|TE Travis Kelce (862 yds, 5 TDs)||LB Justin Houston (22.5 sacks)|
My NFL Preseason Week 3 Betting Pick: Titans +4.5
The Titans head coach Ken Whisenhunt is 11-20 for his career during the preseason and 3-3 since he arrived to Tennessee. The Titans are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games, 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games as a road favorite of 0.5-3.0 points, 15-33-4 ATS in their last 52 games overall, and 4-15-3 ATS in their last 22 vs. AFC.
The Chiefs head coach Andy Reid is 30-36 for his preseason career. The Chiefs are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 home games, 8-3 ATS in their last 11 vs. AFC teams, and 8-21-2 ATS in their last 31 games as a home favorite of 0.5-3.0 points.
How To Watch the Titans Vs Chiefs NFL Preseason Week 3 Game:
|Cory Curtis, Eddie George
WKRN (ABC/2 – Nashville)
WMC (NBC/5 – Memphis)
WATE (ABC/6 – Knoxville)
WDSI (FOX/61 – Chattanooga)
WJKT (FOX/16 – Jackson TN)
WZDX (FOX/54 – Huntsville AL)
WPSD (NBC/6 – Paducah KY)
WEHT (ABC/25 – Evansville IN)
KAIT (NBC/8.2 – Jonesboro AR)
KHON (FOX/2 – Honolulu)
|8:00 ET||Paul Burmeister, Trent Green
KCTV (CBS/5 – Kansas City)
WIBW (CBS/13 – Topeka KS)
KSCW (CW/33 – Wichita KS)
KOZL (27 – Springfield MO)
KQTV (ABC/2 – St. Joseph MO)
KODE (ABC/12 – Joplin MO)
KMIZ (ABC/17 – Columbia MO)
KTVO (CBS/3 – Kirksville MO)
KMTV (CBS/3 – Omaha)
KDSM (FOX/17 – Des Moines IA)
KNWA (NBC/51 – Fayetteville AR)
Tennessee Titans Preseason Week 3 Projected Lineup:
- Offense: Mariota (QB), Sankey (RB), Fowler (FB), Wright (WR1), Nicks (WR2), Fasano (TE), Lewan (LT), Bell (LG), Schwenke (C), Warmack (RG), Poutasi (RT)
- Defense: Jones (DE), Lee Hill (NT), Casey (DT), Morgan (OLB), Woodyard (ILB), Williamson (ILB), Orakpo (OLB), McCourty (CB1), Cox (CB2), Searcy (SS), Griffin (FS)
Kansas City Chiefs Preseason Week 3 Projected Lineup:
- Offense: Smith (QB), Charles (RB), Sherman (FB), Maclin (WR1), Wilson (WR2), Kelce (TE), Fisher (LT), Grubbs (LG), Kush (C), Allen (RG), Stephenson (RT)
- Defense: DeVito (DE), Fangupo (NT), Howard (DE), Houston (OLB), Johnson (ILB), Mauga (ILB), Hali (OLB), Peters (CB1), Gaines (CB2), Parker (SS), Abdullah (FS)