Carolina Panthers (17-2) at Tennessee Titans (3-13)
NFL Football: Saturday, August 20, 2016 at 3:00 pm (Nissan Stadium)
The Line: Tennessee Titans -1 -- Over/Under: 41.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Carolina Panthers make the short trip along the I-40 east to take on the Tennessee Titans in week 2 preseason action.
The Carolina Panthers dropped their preseason opener 22-19 at the hands of the Baltimore Ravens last Thursday. Cam Newton did what Cam Newton does regardless of the amount of playing time, going 5-6 for 36 yards, while backup Derek Anderson came in to go 7-14 for 93 yards and a touchdown. Third String QB Joe Webb seemed to do the most damage going 9-16 for 89 yards through the air while putting up 22 yards on 6 rushes, although a lot of his work was done against second and third-stringers. The real story for the Panthers however was their inability to get any sort of ground attack going, putting up only 81 yards on 30 carries as a team, and to have a quarterback as your leading rusher and a receiver with your longest team run in the entire game is frustrating to watch for a Panthers fan, needless to say. It will be interesting to watch if that lackluster ground game was simply a one-off for the Panthers or if there is an early issue to address going forward.
The Tennessee Titans come into week 2 fresh off of a 27-10 dismantling of the San Diego Chargers last Saturday. Returning starting QB Marcus Mariota and newly acquired running back DeMarco Murray made a big impact in the win, despite a limited amount of playing time. Mariota completed all 5 of his pass attempts for 45 yards and Murray rushed for 93 yards, which included a 71-yard scamper to the house for a Titans touchdown. What I’m looking forward to, as I’m sure most Titans fans are as well, is to see how second round draft pick Derrick Henry meshes with the team going forward. Henry was impressive in his debut, racking up 74 yards on 10 carries, making the two-headed monster of Murray and Henry look like quite the intimidating running back core heading into the season. The Titans could do no wrong on offense, piling up a combined 437 yards of total offense in the victory. If this can carry over to the regular season, Tennessee may be a team to watch come December.
Carolina is 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games on grass and 11-5 ATS in their last 16 overall, while the over is 12-5-1 in their last 18 games overall. Tennessee is 15-35-4 ATS in their last 54 games overall and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Saturday games, while the over is 4-1-1 in their last 6 overall. The road team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
While the sample size of Tennessee’s dominant offense is the smallest of small, I’m willing to drink the kool-aid for one more game. I mean until Carolina shows me they know how to run the ball, I’ll gladly go with the team that has already shown us they’re able to run the ball and then some.
I’ll take the Titans to cover.