Jim Dedmon, USA Today Sports. Pictured: Ryan Tannehill
Betting odds: Tennessee Titans at Miami Dolphins
- Spread: Titans -1.5
- Over/Under: 45
- Time: 1 p.m. ET
- TV channel: FOX
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Betting market: This line has struggled to move away from the very uninteresting 1/1.5 range for the better portion of the summer.
Sneaky storyline: I don’t think Tennessee deserves to be a road favorite here, but the special teams factor might scare me off Miami.
The Titans have a Pro Bowl punter (Brett Kern) and one of the most reliable kickers in football (Ryan Succop), while the Dolphins have an inconsistent punter (Matt Haack) and a rookie kicker (Jason Sanders)
Sanders has a big leg, but he made just 25-of-35 career field goals at the University of New Mexico. — Stuckey
DFS edge: Delanie Walker (toe) is off the injury report and has a great matchup against the Dolphins — Miami yielded 8.1 targets and 60 yards per game to opposing tight ends last season.
Injury watch: The Dolphins’ offense will be without wide receiver DeVante Parker (finger, doubtful) and starting tight end MarQueis Gray, so second-round tight end Mike Gesicki could have an enhanced early-season role.
While the Titans have the healthier skill position players, right tackle Jack Conklin (knee), defensive end Harold Landry (ankle), linebacker Derrick Morgan (knee) and linebacker Rashaan Evans (undisclosed) should be considered questionable for Sunday. — Ian Hartitz
Bet to watch: Many have talked about the lack of chemistry between Marcus Mariota and Corey Davis in the preseason, but I’m much more concerned with how the offensive line looked in the third preseason game when Steelers D-lineman Stephon Tuitt ate the first string alive.
If Conklin can’t go, Dennis Kelly would likely get the nod at right tackle.
That would be bad news for the Titans against Cameron Wake — especially since they are already weak at the right guard spot with Josh Kline.
The Dolphins are extremely deep at defensive end and recently got back William Hayes, who will help set the edge against Mariota.
With questions along the offensive line and on the outside (Walker and Rishard Matthews returning from injury), expect Tennessee to rely on its run game against the weak middle of the Dolphins’ defense.
The clock will be moving, and I don’t expect Miami to do much offensively, so I think the under is the look here. — Stuckey
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