Chargers vs Titans Odds, Picks, Prediction: NFL Week 2 Preview
Getty Images. Pictured: Justin Herbert (left) and Ryan Tannehill (right).
Chargers vs. Titans Odds
Chargers vs. Titans odds have the visitors as 2.5-point favorites on Sunday afternoon at Nissan Stadium.
The Titans and Chargers look to rebound after close Week 1 losses. In the loaded AFC, whichever team fails to bounce back may find themselves in an insurmountable hole.
Let’s preview this Week 2 game between Los Angeles and Tennessee and then make a Chargers vs. Titans pick.
Week 1 was a classic Chargers affair — a one-score game that ends up not going their way in the end.
Fortunately for the Chargers, the Titans don't project as a playoff team. Last year, Los Angeles thrived in this spot and went 9-2 against non-playoff teams.
Last week ended with an unfavorable result, but the Chargers should be happy with Kellen Moore’s new offense. The run game had a two-headed monster as Austin Ekeler and Joshua Kelley split carries evenly and gained 208 yards on the ground. The run game's effectiveness limited the need for the passing attack, but its potency was still evident. Herbert completed 69.7% of his passes and averaged 6.9 yards per attempt.
The Chargers offense looked unstoppable, but the defense looked the complete opposite.
Miami moved the ball at will, but there are a couple reasons for Chargers fans to remain optimistic. First, Los Angeles did a solid job against the run, giving up just 48 yards on 13 carries. Second, they faced a brilliant play-caller fresh off an offseason and had no way of knowing any of the creative wrinkles that had been added to Miami's offense. Third, and most importantly, they won't have to match up with Tyreek Hill's speed again.
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On the other side, the Titans look stuck between a rebuild and putting together one more good season. The defense played the classic bend, but don’t break style as New Orleans made four trips to the red zone but only scored one touchdown. That was in large part due to a Tennessee run defense that allowed just 2.6 yards per attempt. However, the pass defense was picked apart and allowed the fifth-most yards of any team.
Offensively, the Titans looked as they have in the past, just a year older.
Derrick Henry was the only stable source of production with 17 touches for 119 yards. The passing game struggled to move the ball as less than 50% of passes were completed for a mere 5.8 yards per attempt.
Things could be even more grim this week as DeAndre Hopkins is questionable and missed practice all week. The only real hope is that Ryan Tannehill can't possibly play as poorly as he did in Week 1. PFF graded him as the fifth-worst quarterback.
Chargers vs. Titans
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Both of these teams let last week slip away and need a win before falling too far back. In years' past, this has been a spot where the Titans have excelled and the Chargers have choked. However, things can only stay the same for so long.
Tennessee’s offense was underwhelming, at best, in Week 1 and signs now point to the Titans missing their No. 1 target. As for the Chargers offense, until their last possession, they looked infallible against Miami.
Los Angeles has more offensive talent and a better playcaller than New Orleans. The Saints had several opportunities to blow the game open against Tennessee, but failed over and over. That won't happen this week.
As for the Chargers defense, all they have to do is get the ball in Tannehill’s hands, instead of Henry’s, and they should be OK. That burden falls more on the offense as an early lead will force Tennessee's hand, and given the way the Titans defense looked in Week 1, that shouldn’t be a problem.
Trust the Chargers to stick to their nature and take care of business against a weak opponent.