Divisional Round Preview: NFL Odds Favors Pats Over Titans
During the course of the regular season in the NFL, we tend to spend a lot of time talking about how teams play and the path that they take to the playoffs. What the postseason tends to prove is that all of that talk means nothing, as it’s what a team does once they get into the playoffs that really matters. The Tennessee Titans are the perfect example of that this season, as they needed a win on the final week of the season after choking coming down the stretch. They got that win in the most unspectacular style possible and were heavily tipped to be destroyed in the Wild Card game on the road to the Kansas City Chiefs. We all know how that went, but now it’s a truly different challenge for the plucky Titans, as they need to go on the road to face the defending Super Bowl champions in a game where no-one is giving them a shot. The NFL Odds for this game put the New England Patriots as 13 ½ point home favorites, with the point total for this one set at 47.
Tennessee Titans vs New England Patriots Game Info and NFL Betting Odds
When: Saturday, January 13 at 8:15 PM EST
Where: Gillette Stadium, Foxboro
Live Stream: CBS All Access
NFL Odds: New England Patriots -13 ½
Why bet on the Tennessee Titans
The Tennessee Titans went on the road to Kansas City in the Wild Card game as an 8 ½ point underdog, and for a large portion of the first half, it looked as though that number was a little on the low side. The game against the Chiefs turned on a pair of different plays. Travis Kelce of the Chiefs had been tearing things up but was forced to leave the game with a concussion, making things a good deal easier for the Titans defense.
When your quarterback throws the game-winning block 🤙🏽 pic.twitter.com/yadvVD5ezZ
— Tennessee Titans (@Titans) January 7, 2018
The second play was one of the strangest you will ever see, with Marcus Mariota catching his own tipped pass before diving in for a TD. That play seemed to serve as a catalyst for what was an impressive Titans comeback, but you wonder how they will do up in Foxboro this coming weekend. The Titans are now 4-5 SU and ATS on the road this season but have failed to win in their last 5 visits to Foxboro.
Why bet on the New England Patriots
The New England Patriots have been the envy of everyone in the NFL over the past decade, but a report out of ESPN this week suggests that there may be some cracks appearing in the armor. The story suggests that a rift is growing between Brady, Belichick, and owner Bob Kraft. Those reports have been vehemently denied by all three men, but where there is smoke, there is often fire.
While this may have served as a distraction for a lot of teams, it’s the type of thing that is not likely to chase the Patriots. They have had more than their fair share of negative headlines over the years, but are always able to rise above the noise and win. Winning has been easy for the Patriots at home this season, where they are 6-2 SU and 5-3 ATS. In the last 7 times that Tennessee has come to Foxboro, the total has gone OVER 6 in 6 of those games.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
While this has been a nice little run for the Tennessee Titans, I see no way that it continues this weekend versus the Patriots. This should be a comfortable one for Brady and company.
Predicted Score: Tennessee Titans 16 New England Patriots 31