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The Tennessee Titans have continued to push forward through the ups and downs that have pushed them into the thick of the playoff picture. The Titans are coming off an impressive win on the road against the Indianapolis Colts.
Meanwhile, the Oakland Raiders have continued to see their playoff chances take dings as the season has rolled along over the last couple of weeks. The Raiders are heading into the contest after a disappointing blowout loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.
It sets up a Week 14 matchup with plenty of playoff implications on the line.
Titans led by balanced offensive attackThe Titans have been one of the most difficult teams to figure out throughout the season as they have had some highs and so definite lows this season. However, the team has been on an upswing over the last few weeks working their way into possible contention for the AFC South just one game behind the Houston Texans while being in a tiebreaker disadvantage with the Pittsburgh Steelers for the sixth spot. Nonetheless, the Titans find themselves in a promising position with just a month left in the regular season. Since the team made the decision to switch to veteran quarterback Ryan Tannehill, they have continued to move in the right direction as he has provided strong play.
Tannehill has been a strong stable option under center as he has tallied 1,602 passing yards with 12 touchdowns to four interceptions along with 128 rushing yards and three touchdowns in eight games played this season. He has been a huge benefit having under center giving their offense the needed balance to push forward. Meanwhile, running back Derrick Henry has continued to prove to be one of the league's top backs this year as he's putting forth a breakout campaign as he's third in the league with 1,140 rushing yards and 11 rushing touchdowns along with 17 receptions for 200 receiving yards and a pair of touchdowns. He has been on an absolute tear in the last three games with more than 145 rushing yards in each contest and five total rushing touchdowns over that span. If the Titans hope to grab the edge on the road, it will have to come from their offense leading the way.
Raiders hoping to get back on trackThroughout the 2019 season, the Raiders have been one of the pleasant surprises this year behind their even-keel play in the second year under head coach Jon Gruden. Oakland has largely been a formidable team on both sides of the ball that has pushed them into possible playoff contention. They still have an uphill battle ahead of them as the Titans are one of the teams in front of them in the standings while they also need the Steelers to fall back down as well to grab one of the wildcard spots. The Raiders have had balance offensively that has seen rookie running back Josh Jacobs remain the focal point of their offensive attack as he's fourth in the league with 1,061 rushing yards along with tied for eighth with seven rushing touchdowns, and tied for 11th with 4.9 yards per carry.
Jacobs has continued to stay on a steady pace offensive in the running game as he has three 100 rushing yard performances in the last five games while his total for the year has set a franchise rookie record. He has been nothing short of the real deal, which the Raiders will need to lean on him to have a chance to get past the Titans at home. They will also need Derek Carr to get out of his recent funk over the last three games as he's completed 61 percent of his passes over that span while throwing three interceptions with the offense only putting up 12 points. That includes failing to score a single touchdown over that stretch, which will need to change in a drastic way if they hope to move past Tennessee in Week 14 action.
The top supporting trends for this game, found on Covers.com, are:
- Oakland is 3-13 ATS in their last 16 games in Week 14.
- Home team is 0-4 ATS in their last four meetings between both teams.
- Tennessee is 3-0-1 ATS in their last four games as a favorite.
- Tennessee is 4-1-1 ATS in their last six games overall.
- Tennessee is 4-1 ATS in their last five games after accumulating more than 150 yards rushing in their previous game.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
This is one of the most intriguing games on the slate in Week 14 action as these two teams are hoping to make a late push for a playoff berth. It has been hard to predict how this game will unfold for the simple reason that they have bottom been quite unpredictable. The Titans have seemingly turned into one of the better teams in the AFC, but they have had their stretches where they have struggled. However, it 's more so hard to trust the Raiders who have looked nothing like a playoff-contending team in the last couple of weeks, especially against the New York Jets. For that simple fact, it's a game that the Titans will ease to a win behind the play of their balanced offensive attack.
Prediction: Tennessee -2.5
Full-Game Total Pick
The Titans have proven to be a more formidable team as of late, but they haven't been a high-scoring team by any means averaging just 23.0 points per contest. They should be able to hold their own behind their balanced offense with their running game leading the charge. Meanwhile, the Raiders have been the more unreliable team on that end, averaging 19.8 points per contest, including just 12 total points over the last two games combined. Their lackluster production as of late puts some definite question marks heading into Week 14 action and pushes me towards this falling below the over/under line.
Prediction: Under 46.5