Another high scoring affair on on deck for Sunday afternoon at Nissan Stadium. The 11-3 New Orleans Saints will head north to Nashville to take on the Tennessee Titans, who now need some help to get into the playoffs.
Drew Brees is back after missing the first part of the season with an injury, fresh off of breaking Peyton Manning’s passing touchdown record. He’ll be bringing Michael Thomas with him, spelling bad news for a bit of a skeleton crew at corner right now for the Titans. Throw in Alvin Kamara to that mix and you see why the Saints are a handful. Dean Pees is going to have to work some magic on Sunday.
The Titans have been riding the Ryan Tannehill-A.J. Brown connection over the past few games as the rookie receiver has blossomed into a true WR1. His explosive speed and consistent intermediate routes have earned Tannehill’s trust, really opening up the passing game.
Of course, Derrick Henry and the offensive line have been a big part of that equation too, though Henry was far from 100 percent last week. Henry returned to practice on Friday and doesn’t carry an injury designation into this one, however. Expect the Titans to test out the league’s 4th ranked rushing defense early and often. Whether or not they can get that run game going may turn out to be the key to this game.
The guys out west like the Saints on the road here, opening New Orleans as a two point favorite over Tennessee. That number has moved to -2.5 in some places. The total can be found as high as 50.5, continuing the trend of the Titans having one of the highest totals on the NFL slate in recent weeks. Tennessee has hit the over in seven of their last eight games, too.
The Titans and Saints will square off at noon central on Sunday afternoon on Fox.
Which side is getting your money here?