Let the Ryan Tannehill era begin in Nashville. The Titans have officially benched Marcus Mariota after a handful of subpar performances to start the season. Following a 16-0 loss to the Broncos, Mike Vrabel has opted to go with Tannehill going forward, looking for a spark.
Tennessee sits at 2-4 in what was supposed to be a make or break season for Mariota. Through just six games, we’ve already found our answer.
First up for Tannehill as the starter will the the Los Angeles Chargers, a team that the Titans have historically struggled with. The Titans have beaten the Chargers just once since 1993, that win coming in 2013 at home on a game-winning grab by Justin Hunter. Last year, the Titans lost to the Chargers in London after Mike Vrabel opted to go for two and the win instead of playing for overtime.
The Chargers have dropped four of their last five games, including losing to the Devlin Hodges led Steelers at home last Sunday night. Their lone wins have come against the Dolphins and the Colts.
Los Angeles sits in the middle of the offensive spectrum so far this season, ranking 14th in yards per game. Both sides have been carried by their defenses to this point, each ranking inside of the top ten in total defense. As we’ve now grown accustomed to seeing, it looks like we’ll have another low scoring, defensive affair on Sunday.
Vegas agrees, setting the total at 41 for this game. For what it’s worth, the under has hit in five straight Titans games. During that span, the Titans are just 1-4 against the spread. Despite that, the guys out west like the Titans in this one, placing Tennessee as a 2.5 point home favorite.
Can Ryan Tannehill stop the bleeding for the Titans? Which side are you taking here?