The Tennessee Titans steered their season back on track last Sunday, getting to 3-4 with a dramatic win over the Chargers. The offense looked much better with Ryan Tannehill running the show as Arthur Smith’s group put up over 400 yards against Los Angeles.
Next up for Tannehill and the Titans? The Buccaneers.
The Titans enter as 2.5 point home favorites in this one. The total has been set at 45.5, one of the higher totals that we’ve seen for Tennessee this season.
Tannehill gets a chance to backup his hot start against an attackable Buccaneers defense. Tampa Bay sits at 2-4 coming off of a bye week. Todd Bowles’ defense has given up 30+ points in four straight games. Two of those teams — the Panthers and Saints — had backup quarterbacks at the time. This group made Daniel Jones look like a star in his first start back in week three.
Can Tannehill continue that trend? Corey Davis and A.J. Brown came to life last weekend, each pulling in six catches last Sunday. Tampa’s 21st ranked pass defense should be tested many times on Sunday afternoon, especially considering that their rushing defense is currently tops in the league.
It should be interesting to watch Smith attack this group with a clear strength and a clear weakness — even if that plan goes against what the Titans typically want to do.
Offensively, the Bucs will rely on Jameis Winston, who has been a turnover machine in 2019. Winston is up to 12 touchdowns on the year, but has also thrown ten interceptions in just six games. The Bucs’ rushing attack has been lacking so far, leaning on Ronald Jones and Peyton Barber.
Through those struggles, Tampa ranks in the top half in terms of yards per game. Dean Pees will have to gameplan for two outstanding receivers in Chris Godwin and Mike Evans. The Titans caught a break on Friday, however, learning that tight end O.J. Howard would be out for this one.
Which side are you taking this week?