Patriots vs. Titans Betting Guide: Can Mike Vrabel Best Bill Belichick?
Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Vrabel.
New England Patriots at Tennessee Titans Betting Odds
- Spread: Patriots -1
- Over/Under: 41
- Kickoff: 7 p.m. ET
The Titans host the Patriots in one of five NFL Preseason Week 2 matchups on Saturday. Let’s take a look at key storylines for both teams, complete with betting analysis.
New England Patriots
Tom Brady hasn’t been quite the same monster without Rob Gronkowski since the Patriots drafted the tight end 42nd overall in 2010.
- Brady with Gronk (112 games): 25.2 PPR | 2.2 TDs | 0.5 INTs | 8.01 Y/A | 66% cmp | 289 yards per game
- Brady Without Gronk (28 games): 21.4 PPR | 1.8 TDs | 0.6 INTs | 6.89 Y/A | 60% cmp | 260 yards per game
The good news is that four (!!!) viable contributors have already emerged as potential regular-season options after just one week of preseason action.
- First-round pick N’Keal Harry continues to battle various lower-body injuries and has missed a boatload of practice time to start the season. Still, Harry has already demonstrated the type of elite contested-catch ability that will be needed more than ever in an offense that just lost its No. 1 year-to-year red-zone weapon.
N'Keal Harry played *3* snaps in his preseason debut pic.twitter.com/KemVEtU53s
— Ian Hartitz (@Ihartitz) August 15, 2019
- Undrafted rookie Jakobi Meyers has been the star of training camp, catching nearly every target thrown his way and earning snaps with the first-team offense. He continued to impress last week by reeling in six-of-eight targets for 69 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
- Maurice Harris flashed with the Redskins over the years and has reportedly had a nice camp. He battled some drops in the preseason opener, but did ultimately come away with a solid 3-27-1 receiving line.
- Braxton Berrios is your token Patriots’ slot receiver who is somehow impossible to keep track of in man and zone coverage alike. He’s already looking like a young-version of Danny Amendola and could be forced into action sooner than later if Julian Edelman’s thumb injury proves to be more problematic than initially thought.
This is a make-or-break season for Marcus Mariota, but the whole team could benefit from an improved defensive effort.
Continued progression from former first-round picks Rashaan Evans and Harold Landry, along with solid play from newly-signed 37-year-old pass-rushing specialist Cameron Wake, would go a long way toward helping the unit’s overall success.
Still, they’ll need Adoree’ Jackson to start to play like the No. 1 cornerback he was drafted to be in order to become a shut-down unit as long as Malcolm Butler continues to occupy the other side of the field.
Adoree' Jackson got roasted for a 75-yard TD by something named Marken Michel.
Jackson in 7 career shadow matchups …
Josh Gordon: 4-81-0
T.Y. Hilton: 9-155-2, 2-15-0 (no Luck)
Robby Anderson 4-48-0 (no Darnold)
Marquise Goodwin: 10-114-0
Robert Woods: 3-33-0
— Ian Hartitz (@Ihartitz) August 9, 2019
I see Bill Belichick’s preseason revenge tour over his former assistant coaches again going his way Saturday night.
LEAN: Patriots -1