Titans vs. Broncos Point Spread: NFL Week 1 Odds, Prediction

Payton Matthews | Updated Sep 08, 2020

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NFL fans are gifted with two Monday night games in Week 1 and the nightcap at 10:10 p.m. ET features the Tennessee Titans visiting the Denver Broncos.

Tennessee
11-5
AT
September 14, 2020, 10:20 PM ET
Empower Field at Mile High
Denver
5-11
Pointspread -3.5 -110
Moneyline -192
Over / Under o +41.5

77%

Betting Action

23%

Pointspread +3.5 -110
Moneyline +160
Over / Under u +41.5

77%

Betting Action

23%

As of this writing, it’s the only pick’em on the NFL odds board with a low total of 41.

NFL Point Spread and Betting Analysis

The Broncos will not allow fans at this game but haven’t made any official determination after that. It’s one of three prime-time games scheduled this year for Denver, which looks to be a team on the rise. Tennessee shockingly reached the AFC title game last year as a Wild-Card team, upsetting the Patriots in New England (Tom Brady’s final game with the Pats) and the Ravens in Baltimore before losing to the eventual Super Bowl champion Chiefs in Kansas City.

Tennessee’s 2019 season turned around thanks in large part to a decision Coach Mike Vrabel made in a 16-0 loss in Denver in Week 6. Vrabel benched struggling starting QB Marcus Mariota in the game and Ryan Tannehill took over. While Tannehill obviously couldn’t lead a comeback vs. the Broncos, the team went 7-3 with him starting the rest of the way. Tannehill got a big extension this offseason.

The Titans are 1-6 ATS in the past seven in this series.

Tennessee Titans

The Titans not only locked up Tannehill in a productive offseason but also All-Pro running back Derrick Henry, who led the NFL in rushing with 1,540 yards. Henry essentially carried Tennessee to its two playoff wins as well, totaling 377 yards and a touchdown on 64 carries. He was held to just 28 yards on 15 carries in the loss to the Broncos. In addition, the Titans hugely upgraded their defence on Sunday by agreeing to a one-year deal with former Pro Bowl defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 draft.

Vrabel has said Clowney has a “pretty good” shot of playing in the opener despite missing all of camp. Tennessee had the worst field-goal unit in the NFL last year as their four kickers combined to hit just eight of 18 field goals, but the team also recently added former Patriots Pro Bowl kicker Stephen Gostkowski. The Titans are 5-1 ATS in their past six road games.

Denver Broncos

This writer is very high on the Broncos this season, choosing them to win the AFC West despite being fairly long shots at +900. Once then-rookie quarterback Drew Lock took over under centre late last season, the Broncos won four of their final five games. GM John Elway got him some weapons this offseason in signing former Chargers Pro Bowl running back Melvin Gordon and draft wideout Jerry Jeudy (from Alabama) in Round 1 and fellow receiver KJ Hamler (Penn State) in Round 2.

Hamler may miss the opener with a hamstring injury. This should be one of the AFC’s top defensive teams led by pass-rushing linebackers Von Miller and Bradley Chubb and rising star safety Justin Simmons. Denver is 13-2 straight up in its past 15 September home games.

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