Titans vs. Falcons Point Spread: NFL Pre-Season Week 1 Odds, Prediction

Payton Matthews | Updated Aug 10, 2021

After being the highest drafted tight end in NFL history, No. 4 overall pick, Kyle Pitts, will make his pre-season debut for the Atlanta Falcons when they host the Tennessee Titans on Friday.

Tennessee
12-5
AT
August 13, 2021, 7:00 PM ET
Mercedes-Benz Stadium
Atlanta
7-10
Pointspread +2 -102
Moneyline +127
Over / Under o +38
Pointspread -2 -118
Moneyline -153
Over / Under u +38

The Tennessee Titans and Atlanta Falcons were intertwined a bit this off-season and will open the NFL pre-season against one another Friday night. The game is a pick’em on the NFL pre-season odds with a total of 38 points.

NFL Point Spread and Betting Analysis

Tennessee finished 11-5 last season and won the AFC South but lost at home in the wild-card round to Baltimore. The Titans are favoured to repeat in the division with the Indianapolis Colts dealing with some major injuries in training camp. The two teams had essentially been even on the odds to win the AFC South in 2021 before Indy lost QB Carson Wentz and star lineman Quenton Nelson.

Atlanta is starting somewhat of a rebuild after finishing last in the NFC South a year ago at 4-12. The Falcons have a new head coach in Arthur Smith … who was formerly Tennessee’s offensive coordinator.

These teams haven’t met in the pre-season since 2015, so for what it’s worth the Titans have won and covered five of the past eight exhibition games in the series. The last regular season meeting was in 2019 and the Titans were 24-10 upset winners in Atlanta.

Tennessee head coach Mike Vrabel is 2-6 straight up in his pre-season career, while obviously this is Smith’s debut for Atlanta.

Tennessee Titans

The Titans made one big trade this off-season and that was acquiring future Hall of Fame receiver Julio Jones from Atlanta for draft picks, although Jones most likely won’t play here. He’s dealing with a leg injury but nothing that will put the regular season in jeopardy. The team’s top free-agent addition was pass-rushing linebacker Bud Dupree, but he recently came off the physically unable to perform list as Dupree tore his ACL late last season. Thus, he won’t play here. It’s not clear as of this writing if QB Ryan Tannehill or two-time NFL rushing champion Derrick Henry will play. If they do, it likely won’t be for long.

Atlanta Falcons

The Falcons are somewhat trying to rebuild on the fly as they didn’t trade quarterback and former league MVP Matt Ryan, although this could well be his final season in Atlanta at age 36. Because the Falcons have a new head coach in Arthur Smith, there’s a good chance Ryan and the Falcons offensive starters play a bit as they are learning a new system. Atlanta opted not to take a QB with the No. 4 overall pick in this year’s draft but instead selected Florida’s Kyle Pitts – the highest a tight end ever chosen. He has been spectacular in camp. Smith brought Titans defensive coordinator Dean Pees with him to Atlanta for the same role.

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