The Tennessee Titans will hit the road this weekend after notching two consecutive wins to stop the bleeding on their 2019 season. Ryan Tannehill is 2-0 at the helm of the Titans’ offense since taking over for Marcus Mariota. A win on Sunday would be a huge get for Tennessee, who is trying to stick with the Colts (5-2) and the Texans (5-3).
The Panthers will play this one without the injured Cam Newton, who has been out six weeks now. Kyle Allen has guided Carolina to a 4-1 record since taking over for Newton, throwing seven touchdowns against three interceptions to this point.
Dean Pees and the Titans’ defense will have a massive job ahead of them on Sunday, looking to shut down Panthers’ star Christian McCaffrey. The star back has registered 735 rushing yards in just seven games so far, adding 343 receiving yards. McCaffrey has registered ten total touchdowns so far this year.
Containing McCaffrey will be key — and the Titans will have to do it without Jurrell Casey. He’s already been ruled out with a shoulder injury. In addition to Casey, center Ben Jones won’t be available for this one, meaning Jamil Douglas will start in his place. That’s bad news for an offensive line that’s already been struggling to protect both Ryan Tannehill and Marcus Mariota.
It’s even worse news when you consider that the Panthers have the second most sacks in the league to this point with 30 so far. Offensive coordinator Arthur Smith is going to have to dial up a quick passing game and lean on Derrick Henry on Sunday in an attempt to keep Tannehill upright.
The guys out in Vegas like the home team in this one. Carolina sits as a 3.5 point favorite on Saturday morning.
Carolina -3.5 (Opened Carolina -4.5)
Quite honestly, this feels like a tough spot for the Titans. Their best chance seems to lay in Carolina’s 27th ranked rush defense. But with Ben Jones already out of this one, they’ll have to get some chemistry going with Jamil Douglas at center in a hurry.
Which side are you taking here?