The Broncos head to Music City to battle the Titans. The Titans suffered their first loss to the mighty Chiefs after a five game win streak earned them a 2 game lead in the AFC South. The Broncos are fighting to remain relevant in a division headlined by the Chiefs and Chargers. Will King Henry continue his dominant reign, or will Russ finally cook versus the Titans? Let’s check it out.
Denver Broncos Vs. Tennessee Titans Betting Odds
The Titans are home favorites by a field goal (-3) over the Broncos (+3). The over/under is set at just 37, since both of these teams have top 10 scoring defenses which allow less than 20 points per game.
Denver Broncos Vs. Tennessee Titans Prediction
The Broncos ended a four game losing streak with a win over the Jaguars in London before heading on their bye last week. The win may have brought a little hope and dignity to the team, but nothing QB Russell Wilson can’t drag down with another set of plane workouts. Though the Broncos #1 pass defense and #2 overall defense has carried this team, they will play their first game without OLB Bradley who the team traded away to the Dolphins. However, in return they did get RB Chase Edmonds who they believe could help advance the run game and add balance to their offense. They may not want to put all their faith in Edmonds though, as he has only averaged 2.9 yards per carry this season and not gotten more than 7 carries in a game since week 1.
While the late game magic of QB Patrick Mahomes once again took down a mighty opponent in the Titans, the Titans were a more than formidable opponent for the Chiefs. Even with the Chiefs outgaining the Titans in passing yards by 365 yards, having 15 more minutes of time of possession, and making 20 more first downs, the Titans had control of the game until the end and only lost by three points. The looming return of QB Ryan Tannehill will hopefully help the passing offense show some semblance of an attack after rookie QB Malik Willis only completed five passes and had -2 yards in the second half while filling in for the Chiefs. The Titans will also hope to get back rookie WR Treylon Burks who’s been out with an injury after 0 Titans receivers caught a pass on Sunday.
I am definitely taking the Titans over the Broncos. Though they suffered a tough loss this past Sunday Night, they challenged the Chiefs and nearly stole the game despite starting an inexperienced rookie QB in Malik Willis. RB Derrick Henry is once again playing on another level, which is enough to defeat any mediocre team.
Prediction: Titans 24-17, Over hits
Broncos are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games.
Titans are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
Denver Broncos Injuries: Lloyd Cushenberry (Q), Tyrie Cleveland (Q), Essang Bassey (Q), Cameron Fleming (Q), Baron Browning (Q), Tom Compton (Q), Randy Gregory (Q)
Tennessee Titans Injuries: Amani Hooker (Q), Tory Carter (Q), Ryan Tannehill (Q), Bud Dupree (Q), Kevin Strong (Q), Jamarco Jones (Q), Daniel Munyer (Q), Elijah Molden (Q), Jamal Carter (Q), Chance Campbell (Q), Treylon Burks (Q)
The Titans Run Game vs the Broncos Defensive Front
It’s no secret–the Titans are all about their run game behind King Henry. The 2x rushing yards leader is once again leading the league in rushing yards, with 870 this season. After a slow start to his season, Henry is rolling through opposing defenses yet again, with 5 straight 100+ yard rushing games and 2 rushing touchdowns in 3 of his last four games. He is also breaking records with the most 200 yard and 2 touchdown games since 1950 and taking the lead for most rushing touchdowns in Titans history with 75.
Most career games with 200+ rush yards & 2+ rush TD since 1950:
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Though the Broncos have a stout defense at #2 overall, their run defense is far below their pass defense at 20th overall and gives up 122.6 rush yards per game. Moral of the story for the Titans–feed Henry.
Broncos Pass Offense vs Titans Secondary
The Broncos passing game is not exactly putting up fireworks or even above average numbers this season, but they do have talented skill position players who they can look towards to take advantage of the Titans 3rd worst pass defense. Although WR Courtland Sutton and WR Jerry Jeudy have each only had one 100 yard game this year, they are talented playmakers. The Broncos offense simply have not utilized them to their full potential this year. One emerging weapon for the Broncos has been rookie TE Greg Dulcich. Dulcich, who has played in just 3 games this season, had a high of 87 receiving yards versus the Jaguars. The Broncos will likely begin to target him more as he continues to get game reps and experience.