The Atlanta Falcons and Tennessee Titans both lost in Week 2 of the 2014 NFL preseason, and face each other in Week 3 in Atlanta. The Titans lost to New Orleans and the Falcons lost big to Houston. Saints QB Drew Brees will take to the field Saturday night for the first time after off season surgery. Because Brees is likely to see limited time on field, sportsbook Bovada has the hometown Falcons as -3 point favorites over the Titans with the point total set at 44. Teams will play more starters in Week 3 so that should make for a more competitive contest. Below is my Tennessee vs Atlanta preview and all NFL Preseason Odds Week 3 courtesy of Bovada.
The Titans (1-1, 0-1 V) lost to the New Orleans Saints 24-34 on Friday night. Starting QB Jake Locker completed 8 of 11 for 75 yards and a touchdown to WR Justin Hunter, who had four catches for 111 yards. Backup QB Zach Mettenberger finished 20 of 25 for 269 yards, but was also intercepted once and fumbled once. One of Tennessee’s fumbles may have cost more than a turnover. RB Shonn Greene, who has had right knee surgery twice, appeared to favour his right leg after a fumble.
Justin Hunter showed that he was above average on the field, an assessment that coach Ken Whisenhunt agreed with when discussing Hunter and the rest of the team. Whisenhunt wasn’t willing to go much further than that while discussing the things Hunter has to do to continue progressing in his second NFL season. You don’t want to praise him yet so he builds an ego.
There are a lot of things, from route depth to discipline on his releases, where even though he made some big plays last night, those have got to become more consistent. So he’s still got a lot of work to do,” Whisenhunt said. “I’m excited for two things: No. 1 because he can make those big plays; and No. 2, because he seems to have the right mindset to work on those two things.
The Falcons (1-1, 1-0 H) lost to the Houston Texans 7-32 on Saturday night. QB Matt Ryan completed 3 of 7 in a quarter and a half of work and WR Julio Jones caught two passes in his first live-game action since he broke his right foot in Week 5 last season. The Falcons finished with 248 yards and 19 first downs. Backup QB Sean Renfree replaced Ryan and led the Falcons on a 66-yard touchdown drive. Renfree, competing with T.J. Yates for the backup job behind Ryan, found Devin Hester on a 12-yard touchdown pass.
The Falcons have plenty to fix and may have taken a huge blow on their offensive line. LT Sam Baker left on a cart in the second quarter with a right knee injury and Atlanta coach Mike Smith didn’t know the severity after Saturday’s game.
The Falcons’ defense didn’t look good against the hapless Texans offense. Giving up 31 points to that unit is not something that bodes well for the 2014 season. The Falcons will not be elite by any means on defense as they have not one elite player on the roster. However, they will be better than what they showed in Houston. The starters this week will provide a little hope to what the unit can be in 2014.
Recent Trends to Consider:
Titans are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings.
Underdog is 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings.
Road team is 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings.
Titans are 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 road games.
Titans are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games on fieldturf.
Titans are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Saturday games.
Titans are 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
Falcons are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
Over is 7-3 in Falcons last 10 home games.
Tennessee at Atlanta
When: Saturday August 23@7:00 PM ET
Pick: Lions -2.5
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