Tennessee Titans vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Sunday, October 27, 2019 at 12:01 PM (Nissan Stadium)
TEN -2.5 O/U 45.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-4) head to Tennessee on Sunday for a match up with the Tennessee Titans. Tampa Bay comes into Sunday’s game after their bye week so they should be well-rested, but lost their last game, 37-26 to the Carolina Panthers. In a game that saw a lot of offense, Jameis Winston completed 30 of 54 passes for 400 yards and a touchdown but also threw 5 interceptions. With most of the Buccaneer offense coming through the air, it didn’t leave a lot of opportunities for running back Peyton Barber to be productive as he only carried the ball 8 times for a total of 28 yards. Ronald Jones II didn’t have much luck running the ball either, running 4 times for 10 yards but did score a touchdown. Winston’s touchdown pass was caught by tight end, Cameron Brate but Chris Godwin was the most productive Buccaneer receiver as he caught 10 passes for 151 yards. The Buccaneers defense was torn apart by Panthers quarterback, Kyle Allen who threw for 227 yards and 2 touchdowns while completing 20 of 32 passing attempts.
Tampa Bay continues yet another questionable season from quarterback Jameis Winston after a game in which he set a career sing game-high in interceptions. On the year, Winston has thrown for 1,771 yards with 12 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Ronald Jones II has been Tampa Bay’s leading rusher but has only carried the ball 63 times for 279 yards and 2 touchdowns. Wide receiver Chris Godwin has benefited most from Tampa Bay’s pass-heavy offense and has 43 receptions for 662 yards and 6 touchdowns. On the year, the Bucs are averaging scoring 28.8 points per game, however, their defense is also giving up 30.8 points per game. In a rare instance in today's NFL, Tampa Bay doesn’t have anyone listed on their injury report and looks to be headed into Sunday’s game at full strength.
The Tennessee Titans come into Sunday’s game with a record of 3-4 after a 23-20 win against the San Diego Chargers. In his first start for the Titans, quarterback Ryan Tannehill completed 23 of 29 passes for 312 yards, 2 touchdowns and an interception. Wide receiver Corey Davis was Tannehill’s most productive target as he hauled in 6 receptions for 80 yards and a touchdown. Running back Derrick Henry was also a productive Titan, running 22 times for 90 yards and a touchdown. While the offensive numbers for the Titans were good, this game came down to a final stand by the Titans defense who stopped San Diego 3 times at their own 1 yard line. On the third, third and goal attempt, San Diego running back Melvin Gordon fumbled and the ball was recovered by Tennessee Titan, Jurrell Casey, giving the Titans the win.
While last Sunday was certainly a bright spot in what has been a very up and down season for the Titans, it seems as if the Titans have found a quarterback they can stick with for the rest of the season. Ryan Tannehill was impressive starting in the place of struggling quarterback Marcus Mariota who has been ineffective almost the entire season. Running back Derrick Henry is having a decent year, running for 506 yards and 5 touchdowns thus far. The Titan defense has been good all season and is limiting opponents to just 16 points per game, however, they receive very little support from the offense which is only averaging 17.3 points per game. Guard Nate Davis, cornerbacks Chris Milton and Adoree’ Jackson, as well as linebackers Jayon Brown and Sharif Finch, are all listed as questionable in the Titans injury report.
My Pick – With the home field advantage, I believe Tennessee will come away with the victory against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Titans defense has a chance to have a big day against a very pass have Buccaneer defense and Ryan Tannehill will look to continue with the success he had in the last game. While the Titans have only covered the spread in 1 of the 4 games they were favored in this season, the 1 game they did cover was their last game against the Chargers with Tannehill under center. Final score prediction, the Tennessee Titans win and cover 31-24.