Tennessee Titans (9-7) at New York Jets (5-11)
|Date & Time||Saturday August 12, 2017, 7:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: New York Jets +2.5 -- Over/Under: 37.5
Out at MetLife Stadium on Saturday, August 12, the Tennessee Titans and the New York Jets will be meeting up to kick off their NFL preseasons.
Tennessee is coming off a 9-7 mark that saw them finish second in the AFC South despite missing the playoffs. It was Tennessee’s first winning season since 2011, and their eighth consecutive year missing the postseason.
The Titans were pretty busy in free agency, signing SS Johnathan Cyprien, G Tim Belito and CB Logan Ryan while retaining QB Matt Cassel and TE Phillip Supernaw. Tennessee lost a few notable players, however, as TE Anthony Fasano, G Chance Warmack and WR Kendall Wright left in free agency.
Tennesse’s offense is led by QB Marcus Mariota and RB DeMarco Murray. Was Eric Decker, Richard Matthews and Corey Davis join TE Delanie Walker in the receiving corps.
Over on the Jets’ side, hopes were high for 2016 but the team stumbled to a 5-11 record, a last-place finish in the AFC East and the team’s sixth consecutive missed postseason.
Head coach Todd Bowles rejoins the Jets for his third year and will oversee a rebuilding process this season. New York will look different this season with the departures of QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, WR Brandon Marshall and WR Eric Decker, as well as longtime center Nick Mangold, who was released back in February.
The Jets offense will look quite a bit different this year with QB Josh McCown at the helm. McCown joins RB Matt Forte alongside a host of unproven receivers in Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson and Charone Peake.
The Titans will have to watch DeMarco Murray here. He’s been dealing with a hamstring tweak. As for the Jets, their star RB Matt Forte is hobbled with a hamstring issue as well.
The Titans are 14-35-4 ATS in their last 53 versus the AFC, and 14-36-3 ATS in the last 53 games overall. Tennessee is also 7-19-1 ATS in their last 27 road games and 0-5 ATS in the last five Saturday games.
Meanwhile, the Jets are 0-3-1 ATS in their last four Saturday games, and the under is 4-1 in the Jets’ last five Saturday games. The under is 5-2 in the Jets’ last seven games overall, and the favorite is 5-0 ATS in the last five meetings between these two teams.
This matchup is somewhat indicative of two teams heading in opposite directions. Tennessee hopes to build on last year’s success, while New York seems destined to play for draft positioning. The Jets don’t have much experience at all on their roster, and I can’t think of a lot of scenarios in which they could cover here. Give me the Titans for a convincing win.