The Tennessee Titans have taken care of business for three weeks in a row and find themselves inching closer to a potential playoff spot. Standing in their way this week are the Washington Redskins, who quietly sit at 7-7.
Washington has been through it this year on the injury front, especially at quarterback. Alex Smith and then Colt McCoy are both lost for the year. The team signed Josh Johnson, who quickly took over for a struggling Mark Sanchez.
Johnson hasn’t been anything special, but he’s stabilized the position and given the offense a chance. Washington came back to win in Jacksonville last week, keeping their slim playoff hopes alive.
That win didn’t do much to change the opinion of the oddsmakers though. The Titans opened as ten point favorites for Saturday’s game in Nashville. That line has held firm all week long. The total sits at 37.
This game features two teams who are going to try and run the ball exclusively. Derrick Henry has been on a tear over the last two weeks, running around and through the Giants and Jaguars. You know Matt LaFleur will try to replicate that success again on Saturday. He should have a good shot, being that Washington ranks 31st against the run over the last three weeks.
Washington will attack with a similar mindset, utilizing Johnson’s legs and feeding Adrian Peterson, who has had a great year at 33 years old. Can they do enough to beat a Titans’ front seven that has played lights out over the past two weeks? It’s tough to see that happening. Can they cover ten points? I think Vegas is right on the money here.