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Tennessee Titans 7-5 (7-5 ATS) are playing Oakland Raiders 6-6 (6-6 ATS) on Dec 8, 2019, 4:25pm ET at RingCentral Coliseum. The Raiders opened at +2.5 in Vegas and the current line is OAK +3.
This AFC match up has play off implications as the Tennessee Titans 7-5 (7-5 ATS) travel to the Oakland Raiders 6-6 (6-6 ATS) on Sunday late afternoon. These teams last met back in 2017 and the Raiders won that game on the road by a score of 26-16. The Titans enter this game at 7-5 while the Raiders are at 6-6.
The Tennessee Titans have been on a roll of late and they have turned it around thanks to Ryan Tannehill taking over the reigns at QB. Since he got inserted into the line up the quarterback has gone 5-1 and the Titans have won three games in a row to pull within a game of Houston for first place in the AFC South. In their last game, they grabbed a critical win over the Indianapolis Colts on the road by a score of 31-17. The offense has been on an absolute roll for the Titans as they have averaged 35.3 ppg over their last three games. Also on an incredible roll has been running back Derrick Henry, who has rushed for 347 yards and four TDs over his last two games and he is 3rd in the league in rushing overall. Their success on the ground is a result of the play from Derrick Henry, who has rumbled for 1140 yards and at 4.5 yards per attempt. Henry is 3rd in the league in rushing and he trails top-ranked Nick Chubb by just 35 yards. He has been on fire of late, churning out 347 yards and four TDs on the ground in his last two games. Titans have now averaged 199.3 ypg on the ground over their last three games and at a whopping 6.7 yards per attempt. The Raiders have been solid against the run for the most part but they have allowed 119.0 ypg on the ground over their last three games. The Titans also have a solid run defense and they will need it to step it up against the Josh Jacobs, who is the 4th leading rusher in the league. The Titans are 10th in the league against the run and 7th in yards per attempt about. Tennessee has been even better of late as they have allowed just 98.7 ypg on the ground over their last three games and they have allowed just 98.2 ypg on the road. Some intagibles about this team is that they enter this game at 3-3 on the road for the year and they have averaged 20.8 ppg and have allowed 17.7 ppg in those games. Tennessee is 24th in total offense at 329.8 ypg and 15th in scoring at 23.0 ppg. They are 19th in offensive yards per points 14.3 and 13th in yards per play at 5.6, plus 26th in third-down conversions at 34.04%. Let’s look at the kicking. The Titans are 21st in kick return average at 21.9 and 16th in punt return average at 6.9, plus they are 2nd in net punting at 47.4 and last in FG% at 50%. On defense, the Titans are 20th in total yards allowed at 362.1 ypg and 7th in scoring defense at 19.5 ppg. Tennessee has a defensive yards per point average of 18.6, which is 3rd in the league and 15th in yards per play at 5.4. Lastly, the Titans are 11th in penalties per game at 6.7 and 9th in turnover margin per game at +0.4.
The Oakland Raiders are down but not out in the AFC coming into this game. They were dealt a serious blow to their chances after losing 40-9 to the Chiefs on the road. The Raiders are now at 6-6 on the year and two games behind the Chiefs in the AFC West standings. Luckily for them theAFC wildcard is a real possibility given the other records in the conference. The Raiders have been outscored 74-12 in their last two games but both were on the road. Oakland has gone 4-1 here at home so we will see which one gives. But the Raiders have been middle of the pack in passing this year as they enter this game at 15th in the league in that department. They are 2nd in completion percentage and 9th in yards per attempt and the Raiders will be facing a Tennessee pass defense that has been among the worst in the league. Derek Carr has had a solid season overall but he did not have a good game against the Chiefs last week, throwing for just 210 yards with a TD and two INTs. Still, he has completed 70.6% of his passes for 2843 yards with 16 TDs and eight INTs on the year. He could have a big game if the Raiders get their ground game going. They enter this game at 4-1 here at home for the year and they have averaged 21.6 ppg and have allowed 20.4 ppg in those games. Oakland is 16th in total offense at 354.8 ypg and 23rd in scoring at 19.8 ppg. They are 28th in offensive yards per points at 18.0 and 7th in yards per play at 5.9, plus 7th in third-down conversions at 45.33%. Let’s look at the kicking. The Raiders are 8th in kick return average at 23.8 and 18th in punt return average at 6.8, plus they are 8th in net punting at 46.2 and 27th FG% at 71%. On defense, the Raiders are 21st in total yards allowed at 363.3 ypg and 28th in scoring defense at 27.0 ppg. Oakland has a defensive yards per point average of 13.5, which is 29th in the league and 27th in yards per play at 5.9. Lastly, the Titans are 31st in penalties per game at 8.7 and 18th in turnover margin per game at -0.2.
The Favorite (Titans) are 9-2 ATS the last 11 games in this series
The road team is 4-0 ATS the last four games in this series.
The Titans are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games after accumulating more than 150 yards rushing in their previous game
The Raiders are 3-13 ATS in their last 16 games in Week 14
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I like the Titans and their run game on the road here. I do not see the Raiders stopping Henry and think he has another big day. The Titans are rolling in general and I think they keep that momentum going. Titans -3
Tennessee -3 is the right side here. The Raiders have lost two straight by a combined 74-12, and their defense continues to get shredded. On the other sideline, since replacing Marcus Mariota, Ryan Tannehill has led Tennessee to a 5-1 record, both straight-up and against the spread. In that span, the Titans are averaging 29.7 points and 369 yards. Tennessee's defense has excelled all season, ranking seventh with 19.5 points allowed per game.
Further Tennessee will look to avoid franchise tagging quarterback Ryan Tannehill in 2020 by giving him a new contract. In a report last week by CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora, he suggested that the Titans could tag Tannehill in 2020, which would pay him about $27 million next season. Tannehill has fully embraced being the future (and present) leader of the Titans and there is no team in the NFL that wants to play Tennessee right now.
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The RingCentral Coliseum has an open roof so weather should be considered for today's game. It will be Mostly Cloudy with 64% cloud cover and a 0% chance for rain. The temperature is 62 with 71% humidity and winds at 7 mph WNW.
Betting Prediction for Tennessee Titans vs Oakland Raiders on December 08, 2019, 4:25 PM ET
Free Betting Prediction: Oakland will Win , Cover the Spread , and the Total will go Over .
It's only Week 14, but the Oakland Raiders have to approach Sunday's contest against Tennessee like it's a playoff game. A loss would drop Oakland (6-6) two games behind the 7-5 Titans in the AFC wild-card hunt and Tennessee would own the tiebreaker. The Titans are field-goal favorites on the road. Original matchup: http://bit.ly/2L1NHSk