Finally, week one is here.
The Tennessee Titans will open the 2021 season at home with a matchup against the Arizona Cardinals — two of the best offenses in the league during the 2020 season. The Titans ended last season with the third ranked offense in the NFL, while the Cardinals were sixth.
Clearly, this is a new Tennessee offense, starting at the top. Todd Downing takes over as offensive coordinator, taking over for Arthur Smith, who took the Falcons head coaching job. The Titans also welcome Julio Jones into the fold, who will essentially replace Corey Davis. Anthony Firkser will take over for Jonnu Smith, while the team will work in a new starter at right tackle.
In three preseason games, we didn’t see any true pieces of the offense play together. After a scare with COVID, the Titans are nearing full strength once again, getting quarterback Ryan Tannehill back off of the COVID/Reserve list.
With Tannehill in place, Vegas felt comfortable releasing a spread for this one.
The Titans currently sit as three point favorites after opening as 2.5 point favorites earlier in the week. The total is currently at 52 points.
Tennessee’s revamped defense will have to deal with a really strong offense, which features old friend DeAndre Hopkins. Kyler Murray makes everything go, while new toys A.J. Green, James Conner and Rondale Moore will provide a bit of an unknown challenge on Sunday.
The Titans are hoping Bud Dupree, Denico Autry, Janoris Jenkins and rookie Elijah Molden can immediately improve a defensive unit that was severely lacking last season. They face a tough week one test, but the Tennessee offense should be able to pick up the slack.
Can the Titans get the cover in week one?