Carolina Panthers (6-10) at Tennessee Titans (9-7)
NFL Football: Saturday, August 19, 2017 at 3:00 pm (Nissan Stadium)
The Line: Tennessee Titans -3 -- Over/Under: 41 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
Down in Nashville at LP Field on Saturday, the Carolina Panthers and the Tennessee Titans will be meeting up for NFL preseason Week 2 action.
The Panthers entered 2016 as the defending NFC champions, but stumbled to a 1-5 start that eventually doomed them to a 6-10 finish and last place in the NFC South. It was Carolina’s first missed postseason since 2012.
In 2017, the seventh season under head coach Ron Rivera, the Panthers will see a few new faces after offseason signings. New names on the squad include OT Matt Kalil, CB Captain Mannerly, WR Russell Shepard and SS Mike Adams.
In the Week 1 preseason game, Carolina managed a 27-17 victory over the Texans. Panthers QB Derek Anderson managed a 23-yard pass TD to Kelvin Benjamin in the first quarter, and Damiere Byrd scored on a 50-yard pass from Joe Webb in the second. Byrd and Webb would hook up again in the third for an 8-yard score.
Over on the Titans’ side, they’re coming off a 9-7 season in 2016, which was the first full season under head coach Mike Mularkey. Tennessee would ultimately finish 9-7 and second in the AFC South, logging their first winning season since 2011.
Tennessee loses a few guys from their 2016 season, including TE Anthony Fasano, G Chance Warmack and WR Kendall Wright. New names on the Titans roster this year include WR Eric Decker, SS Johnathan Cyprien, CB Logan Ryan and WR Eric Weems.
The Titans couldn’t solve the Jets’ defense in their Week 1 preseason game, and Tennessee fell 7-3. The good news for Tennessee is that QB Marcus Mariota played his first game since breaking his right leg last year. Mariota would finish 2-for-3 for 15 yards. Backup QB Alex Tanney did most of the passing, going 11-of-27 for 132 yards and a pick.
Looking at the injuries for both teams, we’ve got a few notable names out there. The Panthers have a host of questionable designations including DT Kyle Love, WR Kaelin Clay, DE Ryan Delaire and WR Stephen Hill. As for the Titans, the banged-up names include WR Eric Decker, S Johnathan Cyprien, LB Aaron Wallace and G Sebastian Tretola.
Carolina is 4-1 ATS in their last five games on grass, and 3-1-1 ATS in their last five road games. The under is 3-0-1 in the Panthers’ last four games overall, and 3-0-1 in the Panthers’ last four games on grass.
Meanwhile, the Titans are 13-31-3 ATS in their last 47 games on grass and 14-36-3 in their last 53 games overall. Tennessee is also 7-21-2 in their last 30 home games and 0-5 ATS in their last five Saturday games.
We’ll get to see the starters for a little longer this time around, but don’t expect to see the top names in there for more than a handful of series. That means it’s going to be a heavy dose of third- and fourth-string guys, and since the Titans’ depth players couldn’t do much of anything against a rebuilding Jets defense, I’ve got to think the Panthers have the edge here. Give me Carolina to cover.