Tennessee Titans vs. Denver Broncos Matchup Preview (9/14/20): Betting Odds, Depth Charts, Live Stream
Coming off of an AFC Championship appearance, the Tennessee Titans look to start off their season hot against the young and explosive Denver Broncos. Vic Fangio will look to bring the impenetrable defense we have come to know from him over the past ten seasons in the league, and Mike Vrabel will be looking to match. It will be the Veteran Tannehill against the second-year QB Drew Lock on Monday Night Football.
Date: Monday, September 14th, 2020
Time: 10:20 PM EST
Location: Empower Field at Mile High – Denver, Colorado
TV Coverage: ESPN
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Tennessee Titans Analysis
The Titans are coming off of a tough loss against the Chiefs in the AFC Championship game. However, they returned much of the starting roster including QB Ryan Tannehill. Their defense got even better with the addition of Vic Beasley and looks absolutely menacing going into the 2020 season.
In this matchup, it will be key to slow down the run game of the Broncos spearheaded by Melvin Gordon and Phillip Lindsay. Former first-round pick ILB Rashaan Evans will be a huge part of this task. Then if they can force Denver into long passing downs they will be able to unleash Jeffery Simmons, Harold Landry, and Vic Beasley onto Drew Lock. The Titans’ secondary is extremely solid and added Jonathan Joseph as well as second-round rookie Kristian Fulton to the cornerbacks.
The offensive side of the ball will rely heavily on Derrick Henry in this game. The Titans will look to chew clock, slow the game down, and create opportunities for big play chances down the field with AJ Brown, Corey Davis, and Jonnu Smith. The offense should operate very similarly to last year and that was extremely effective.
One area to look at for the Titans is losing Jack Conklin in free agency. How will Dennis Kelley hold up against Bradley Chubb? This will be a one on one battle to pay close attention to while watching the game. On the other side, Taylor Lewan versus Von Miller will be just as enticing, two veterans, and greats at their positions.
QB: Ryan Tannehill
RB1: Derrick Henry
RB2: Darrynton Evans
WR1: Corey Davis
WR2: A.J. Brown
WR3: Adam Humphries
TE: Jonnu Smith
Denver Broncos Analysis
Drew Lock was given even more weapons this offseason and it looks like Elway alongside Vic Fangio simply want to put him in the very best position to succeed. The Broncos added 1st round WR Jerry Jeudy, who is already getting rave reviews in camp, and they also added RB Melvin Gordon in free agency. However, the staple of a Vic Fangio team is always going to be the defense.
Bradley Chubb and Von Miller will look to disrupt Tannehill’s timing in the passing game. A great matchup to watch from the Denver perspective will be how AJ Bouye handels AJ Brown. A big-bodied and physical WR is hard to guard for any cornerback, so how will Bouye do with being the #1 for this Denver defense? Safety Kareem Jackson and 3-4 DE Jurrell Casey were also huge adds in this offseason to strengthen and defense and give Fangio more weapons to work with.
On the offensive side of the ball, the man to watch is Jerry Jeudy. The Broncos already have a great receiving option in Courtland Sutton; however, many peg Jeudy to be the next superstar WR in this league. On top of that, they also drafted speedster KJ Hamler in the second round of the draft to play the slot. It is all up to Drew Lock now. He has everything a QB could want, besides a top tier offensive line. Whether or not he can perform will be the deciding factor in this season and especially this game.
With the way the offensive line is built, I do not see Lindsay or Gordon having massive games against good defenses like the Titans so they will have to rely a little bit more on the shots down the field and their incredible receiving core to make plays. I think this could be a breakout game for Lock, or he can crumble under the pressure.
QB: Drew Lock
RB1: Melvin Gordon
RB2: Phillip Lindsay
WR1: Courtland Sutton
WR2: Jerry Jeudy
WR3: KJ Hamler
TE: Noah Fant
Spread: Denver -1.5
Moneyline: Denver -140
I am a huge fan of Vic Fangio if you could not tell. I think this defense is going to be much better than people expect due to his play-calling ability and schemes that are rivaled by only the other great defensive minds. I see the Broncos stopping the Titans, and Drew Lock doing just enough with his big weapons to pull out the win in this game.
Denver Broncos win it 16-13
Tennessee’s and Denver’s defenses at $2,800 might be the two defensive plays of the week. They both have great turnover potential and I do not see this game getting out of hand scoring-wise for either team. I would lean towards the Titans’ defense when selecting due to Lock’s ability to make mistakes. However, I think that Denver has the better defense overall in the matchup. If you want to grab a cheap sub $3000 defense then this is the game to look to.
Jerry Jeudy at $4,000 could be the play of the week. Yes, he is a rookie WR coming off of the craziest offseason in football history with the pandemic, no pre-season, and limited training camp. However, the beat reporters in Denver are in love with Jeudy. They believe that his route running is some of the best that they have ever seen, especially for a rookie. He is the #2 target for Drew Lock and I imagine he could easily wrack up 6-8 targets. That kind of production coming in at $4,000 even against a tough defense is extremely hard to pass up. I am all for a Jeudy play this week.
Derrick Henry, Phillip Lindsay, and Melvin Gordon are all no-gos for me this week. Henry comes with the hefty $7,800 price point against a very good defense and I trust other high priced RBs, like Dalvin Cook, much more. With Lindsay and Gordon, the workload split will most likely kill both of their values. Neither is going to give you enough volume to be happy with their play. None of these options are good in cash, and in GPP only Derrick Henry with his upside potential of ripping off 60+ yard runs is worth it.
KJ Hamler, who seems to have earned the slot spot for the Broncos, is coming in at $3,000. If you want a big home run GPP play here, or even an extremely cheap player to finish out your cash roster, then I think that Hamler might be the way to go. His speed gives him the potential to take a normal slant route out of the slot for a touchdown. I see him almost similar to a Mecole Hardman-type play but basically for free.