We have you covered on Monday night, with a full complement of props on Monday Night Football. It’s a double-header on the first Monday of the NFL calendar. The Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Giants meet at MetLife Stadium, and we have a few props picks for that game as well. I generally treat props as a fun bet more than anything, but you can also pad the bankroll with NFL props.
Along with props for the Titans and Broncos, we also have you covered for a spread pick in this game. The Titans are looking to do one better this season and get to the Super Bowl after coming up short against the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship last season. Going on the road to upset the New England Patriots was impressive, and what most people take from the postseason for the Titans.
The Titans also had a 10 point lead over the Chiefs in the AFC Championship. As so many teams have discovered, though, it’s never easy to hold a lead versus the Chiefs. Hopefully we can cash two or three winners on the prop card at BetOnline in Denver tonight. Head below for our free Tennessee Titans vs. Denver Broncos props picks for September 14, 2020 in NFL Week 1.
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Melvin Gordon Receptions
Melvin Gordon is the newest addition to the Denver Broncos’ offense. Gordon’s career sputtered out with the Chargers, and he needed a change in scenery desperately. After holding out to begin last season, Gordon didn’t live up to expectations and rushed for just 612 yards rushing and 3.8 yards per carry in 12 games.
He gets his wish and lands on a new team with the Broncos. Gordon will join Phillip Lindsay in the backfield and share the rock together. Expect an equal share, with both running backs likely going to be able to stay fresh. Lindsay never really had a solid No. 2 to spill him, but Gordon hopes to be that guy.
One of Gordon’s greatest assets is his ability to catch the ball and run. He’s a fine pass catching running back. Gordon hauled in 58, 50, and 42 receptions the last three years. Last year was the first time since his rookie season in 2015 that Gordon didn’t receive more than 400 yards.
In any case, Gordon caught at least 3 balls in 8 of 12 games in 2019. Through Week 14 to 17, he had at least 5 receptions in four straight outings. I can see Pat Shurmar drawing up some set plays to get Gordon involved in the passing game. Gordon should be able to reach 4 or 5 receptions, so a play on the OVER looks appealing.
Phillip Lindsay Rushing Yards
Just because Melvin Gordon joins the fold, it doesn’t mean that the Broncos are giving up on Phillip Lindsay. They are expected to split time in the backfield. The Denver native has been an unlikely major contributor for the Broncos the last two years.
As a rookie in 2018, Lindsay rushed for 1,037 yards and 5.4 yards per carry on 192 attempts. He followed up in 2019 to show that it wasn’t a fluke, as Lindsay avoided the sophomore slump with 1,011 yards and 4.5 yards per carry on 224 attempts.
Lindsay had no problems against the Titans last season. He gashed them for 70 yards on 4.7 yards per carry in a 16-0 victory. Gordon is here now, and Royce Freeman will steal some carries, but they’re not going to go away from their 1,000+ yard rusher. Lindsay will still see plenty of carries on Monday night and this season.
It wouldn’t take much to get Lindsay OVER the total in this one. I think he has one big chunk run in him tonight, and picks up the rest of the yard with short runs. Look for Lindsey to gain around 40-50 yards, which would be enough for the OVER.
Noah Fant Receptions
If you are looking for a breakout star on the Denver Broncos, look out for tight end Noah Fant. Fant was a rookie in 2019 and developed into the No. 1 tight end on the depth chart. He made 40 receptions for 562 yards and 3 touchdowns last season. The former Iowa Hawkeye is likely to build on that effort from last season and continue to progress. He is likely going to play more of a role in the offense than he did last season.
Fant caught on quickly and should excel. If you’re into fantasy football, he’s likely going to turn into a steal. He might have caught more than three balls in just 4 of 17 games last season, expect to see him targeted a lot more, especially with Drew Lock having some experience under his belt now.
Note that the Titans were one of the worst teams in the NFL at covering tight ends last season. With regard to fantasy stats, the Titans allowed the fifth most points to tight ends in the league. The Titans were in the bottom-10 with catches allowed as well, with 80 receptions conceded to tight ends. Expect to see Fant get off to a fast start and do some damage versus the Titans on Monday night. That should include at least 4 receptions.