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Tennessee Titans at New Orleans Saints - 8/15/14

New Orleans Saints (1-0) Vs. Tennessee Titans (1-0)

NFL Football: Friday, August 15, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Mercedes-Benz Superdome)

The Line: New Orleans Saints -3.5 -- Over/Under: 43 See the Latest Odds


The Tennessee Titans head to New Orleans on Friday night to face off against the Saints.

The New Orleans Saints earned a win in their first preseason outing, defeating the St. Louis Rams 26-24 in St. Louis.  Drew Brees didn’t see any action here (and why should he), and in his stead were three quarterbacks for the Saints.  Leading the way on the night for New Orleans was Ryan Griffin, who got a long look from the New Orleans bass.  Griffin played well, completing 16/23 for 179 yards and a score on the night.  The Saints also worked on their ground game against the Rams, and Mark Ingram had the strongest performance for the Saints on the ground against St. Louis, picking up 83 yards and one score on eight attempts.  One standout in the receiving game for the Saints on the night was rookie wide out Brandin Cooks.  Cooks hauled in five receptions on the night for 55 yards and a score.  The Saints are always a tough out at home, and even in the preseason, playing the Saints in the Superdome should be considered a home field advantage - something I usually don’t put a lot of stock in, in the preseason.

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Tennessee Titans at New Orleans Saints - 8/15/14


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The Tennessee Titans are sitting at 1-0 this preseason after defeating the Packers 20-16 in their first outing.  The Titans used three different signal callers on the night against the Pack, with starter Jake Locker seeing little action.  Locker was just 1/2 on the night for five yards.  The Titans gave the other quarterbacks long looks.  Whitehurst saw the most action and looked the best, while Mettenberger also did some nice things for Tennessee.  The Titans worked on their ground game against the Pack, with Sankey leading the way for the Titans on the ground, picking up just 37 yards on 13 carries.  The Titans have a lot of hope in Sankey for the future, and with a low per carry average like this, the Titans will likely give him another strong look here on Friday against the Saints.  The Titans defense had problems stopping the Packers on the ground, allowing Green Bay to pick up better than four yards per carry on the night.

I’m going to take the Titans here.  I don’t look for Brees to play much, if at all in this one, and I wouldn’t be too surprised if the Titans give a better look to Locker, who could realistically see some time against the Saints reserves on the night.  Plus, in preseason games which are basically a toss-up, being on the right side of three is important.

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