Two teams trending in vastly different directions will take the field on Sunday of Week 15 as the Detroit Lions will head south to the Music City to take on the Tennessee Titans.
Since firing Matt Patricia, the Lions have looked a little better, though it’s become pretty obvious this just isn’t a very good football team. Yes, they’ve had some key injuries throughout the year – but for a squad that was pegged by many to contend in the NFC North, this season has quickly gone off the rails.
For the Titans, it’s been another solid campaign to date under Mike Vrabel. They’re 9-4 and seem poised to win their division, and again be a real threat in the post-season. Tennessee seems to be getting healthy and finding their stride at the right moment, while Derrick Henry keeps this offense chugging along. In a perceived ‘easy’ matchup vs. the Lions, this veteran club knows the importance of not letting up in what is a tight playoff race.
Following big success in last night’s double-header, we’ll seek out a couple more NFL winners this afternoon. Continue reading on beneath the posted odds for a detailed betting analysis, team news, and our winning wager for this Week 15 encounter between the Lions and Titans. Enjoy!
Detroit Lions vs. Tennessee Titans Betting Odds:
Detroit Lions +9 (-110)
@ Tennessee Titans -9 (-110)
Over 53 (-110)
Under 53 (-110)
*Betting odds provided by BetOnline.ag
Detroit Lions vs. Tennessee Titans Pick:
Though it now looks as if Lions’ quarterback Matthew Stafford will in fact play on Sunday, it is unlikely it makes all that much of a difference. Stafford has not been great this season, and though he has played through some key injuries – it’s nowhere near the form he has shown in the past.
Detroit has absolutely nothing to play for, aside from improved draft positioning, so it’s a tad surprising there are reports of Stafford playing. He’s barely practiced all week, and clearly isn’t anywhere near full strength. Even though Tennessee is missing some key defensive pieces, Stafford won’t have three of his starting offensive linemen or Kenny Golladay. Those are huge losses for a Detroit squad with big issues moving the football.
Tennessee will likely use this news to play closer to the line of scrimmage and load the box to prevent against a big game from Detroit rookie running back D’Andre Swift. He’s been quite the revelation in the second half of this season, but if Tennessee focuses on stifling the run – they’ll keep the Detroit offense in check.
Detroit also possesses many injuries within their defense as well. They’re missing two starting corners, meaning another huge outing is in store for A.J. Brown. On the ground, the Lions have also been porous since losing Danny Shelton. Derrick Henry will find many running lanes and opportunities come Sunday afternoon.
The Lions are simply mailing it in, and though they’ve gotten Matt Patricia removed with dismal performance, this team simply doesn’t have another gear. They’re too banged-up at the moment, while the Titans are a veteran group getting key bodies back, with a lot to play for. Expect a Music City blowout on Sunday in favour of Tennessee.