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The Titans are heading to Denver to take on the Broncos this Sunday. The Broncos got their first win last week, upsetting the Chargers on the road. Their defense looked fantastic, holding Philip Rivers to 211 yards, 2 interceptions, and a 58.6 passer rating. The Titans started their season off strong against the Browns, but have looked pretty inconsistent since then, tacking only one more win on to their record. The Broncos shut down Melvin Gordon, keeping him to 12 carries and 31 yards with an average of 2.6 yards per carry. However, their rush defense hasn’t been great overall this year, so it’s unsure whether or not they’ll be able to shut down Henry as well. Henry had 20 carries for 78 yards and 1 touchdown last week against a strong Bills defense, and is looking strong. The Broncos are the favorites due to their showing from last week, but this one really could go either way. For more details including betting information for the Titans @ Broncos matchup.
Date: Sunday, October 13th, 2019
Time: 1:25 PM PST
Location: Empower Field at Mile High Stadium, Denver, CO
Titans: Sharif Finch (O), Chris Milton (Q), Cameron Wake (O), Rod Smith (Q)
Broncos: Bryce Callahan (O), Ja’Wuan James (Q), Trey Marshall (Q), Duke Dawson Jr. (Q)
The Titans have been inconsistent this season. They looked like they were going to be a serious contender when they beat the Browns 43-13. They haven’t put up a performance quite as stunning yet, only getting one more win after that, which was against a pretty weak Falcons defense. A big problem for the Titans has been their offensive line. Mariota has been sacked 22 times – the most in the league. Despite problems with his offensive line Mariota has been pretty good this season. He’s thrown 7 touchdowns and no interceptions. He has 1,116 yards on the season, and an average passer rating of 103.0. Numbers like these despite a weak offensive line are really impressive, but unfortunately, not enough to win games. The Broncos only have 5 sacks on the season, however, so Mariota may not have to worry about pressure as much as he has during the rest of the season.
Derrick Henry is going to be a key in this game. The Broncos run defense is tied for 21st in the league, usually allowing an average of 4.7 yards per carry. However, they put on a great performance against Melvin Gordon and the Chargers. They have a lot of momentum going into this game, so Henry is going to need to be on it on Sunday to be able to get through them. He has 388 yards and 4 touchdowns on the season with 4.0 yards per carry on average. Against a 21st ranked run defense, he’s probably going to get big numbers and really help his team. The Titans defense has allowed an 89.4 point passer rating on average, and is tied for 4th in the league for sacks. The Broncos offensive line has allowed Flacco to get sacked 14 times, so the Titans have an opportunity here to put Flacco under a lot of pressure.
Tennessee Titans Depth Chart
The Broncos had a tough go at it at the start of the season. They went 0-4 with a couple of close, disheartening losses in there. They got their first and only win in week 5 in a huge upset against the Chargers, and put on a fantastic performance. The Broncos had a fantastic running performance on Sunday, with Phillip Lindsay taking 15 carries for 114 yards (an average of 7.6 yards per carry) and 1 touchdown. Royce Freeman carried 13 times for 61 yards, an average of 4.7 yards per carry. The Titans run defense isn’t the best, but it’s not the worst. They’re tied for 14th in the league for yards allowed per game with 104.8. It’s highly possible that the Broncos could have another huge game on the ground against the Titans, which is a main reason why they’re the favorites for Sunday’s matchup.
The Broncos defense showed up big time on Sunday. They held Philip Rivers to 211 yards and a 58.6 point passer rating, picking him off twice over the course of the game, their only two of the season. The question is, will they be able to keep the momentum going against the Titans? Mariota has been playing well, but they allow a lot of sacks and the Broncos pass rush might be able to pressure him to the point where he throws a couple more interceptions. The Titans offense has been inconsistent this year, and might be a good platform for the Broncos to continue their defensive momentum on. The Titans don’t have very many superstar weapons on offense, but Derrick Henry has been a stand out for them. The Broncos have been relatively easy to run against this season, so they’re going to need that week 5 momentum in order to prevent Derrick Henry from running them over this Sunday.
Denver Broncos Depth Chart
I’m expecting the Broncos to hold Derrick Henry, so maybe consider subbing him out for somebody on your bench who has a more favorable matchup this week. Melvin Gordon has a similar playstyle to Henry, running over defenses and tiring them out with his size and strength. The Broncos were able to hold him, and I’m expecting they’re going to be able to contain Henry as well. Phillip Lindsay is looking like a great pickup this week. He had a huge game on Sunday, and I’m expecting him to have another one during this matchup. It seems that the Broncos found what’s working for them, and that seems to be running the ball. Lindsay is a great back and is going to get a lot of carries on Sunday. With his talent, more carries means more yards and more points for your fantasy team this upcoming Sunday.
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