Here we have a typical case of a home favorite by 3.0 points in the face of the Tennesee Titans. This line gives us some food for thought and we are diving right in. Check out what our betting experts think about the game and see which are the picks we are giving away.
Titans vs Cardinals: The current spread is Tennessee -3.0
In short, we don’t love the spread in this match. The line suggests that the teams are relatively even because we typically give 3 points to the home team. Well, since last year, the homefield advantage is considered to be worth not 3 but roughly 2.5 points meaning that on a neutral field, the Titans would still be favored by about 0.5 points.
Still, the line is pretty much where it should be and this doesn’t give us a lot of chances to bet it. We don’t like Tennessee’s ATS (Against the spread) record in their last 5 games (2-3) but having in mind that the Cardinals have the exact same ATS record makes us reluctant to wager on the spread. In any case, the right side to bet would be the Titans and we will explain in the next section.
Our top betting pick on the Tennessee vs Arizona match
We think there is value betting the money line here. We are backing the Titans to win outright @ -155. There’s one interesting angle that many people are missing. Arizona hasn’t played in front of hostile crowds in almost 2 years.
The Cardinals had 2 preseason matches at home and they got hurricaned out for game 3. No crowds last year means no noise. Cards may be a little bit shocked having to deal with crowd noise. And such a thing can really plague any offensive rhythm.
If you don’t feel like betting the Titans @ -155 just parlay them together with some other ML bets that you see fit.
Players to watch in this game:
Ryan Tannehill: The QB got his career rejuvenated under offensive coordinator Arthur Smith last year, but Smith is now gone and is head coaching the Atlanta Falcons. Many experts believe that Tennessee’s offense will take a step back this year despite having added Julio Jones to the receiver’s corps. Pay attention to how Tannehill meshes with his receivers as some of them are banged up.
AJ Green: Similar to Julio Jones, Green also changed his team this off-season. Unlike Julio, though, many people believe that Green’s career is in its twilight and that this move won’t matter at all. The Cardinals’ offense, however, is a very energetic one, can claim yards both on the ground and through the air so we may see a few openings in front of AJ Green as well.
The bonus picks that we got for Tennessee vs Arizona
- Total points: Under 52.0 @ -110
- 1st quarter spread: TEN Titans -0.5 @ +110
- Race to 15 points: AZ Cardinals @ +115
FAQ about the match
- Is Julio Jones injured? – Not officially, but he was sidelined for a portion of training camp
- Can Derrick Henry rush for 2000 yards again? – Definitely not in this game alone, but since the season will feature 17 matches this year, he may very well repeat his achievement from last year.