The Tennessee Titans (4-4) and Carolina Panthers (4-3) do battle at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte in Week 9 at 1:00 p.m. ET Sunday. We analyze the Titans-Panthers odds and lines, with NFL betting picks and tips for the matchup.
Titans at Panthers: Week 9 preview, betting trends and notes
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- The Titans switched to QB Ryan Tannehillin the Week 6 shutout loss in Denver. They’ve since rattled off two wins in a row while averaging 25.0 points per game. They scored a total of seven points in Mariota’s final two starts.
- The Panthers will stick with QB Kyle Allen, at least for one more week, as QB Cam Newton (foot) inches closer to a potential return. Allen suffered his first loss as a starter in an embarrassing 51-13 loss in San Francisco last week.
- The Titans rank near the bottom of every major offensive category, including points scored (18.5). As mentioned, they have scored nearly a touchdown more per game in Tannehill’s two starts.
- Tennessee’s defense has been sharp, ranking ninth in the NFL in total yards allowed (335.6), 12th in rushing yards allowed (239.1) and fourth in points per game allowed (16.9).
- The Panthers rank 10th in the NFL in rushing yards per game (129.6), with RB Christian McCaffrey leading the charge with 735 yards and eight scores on the ground. He has added 39 grabs for 343 yards and two more TDs.
- Carolina ranks fifth in the league against the pass, yielding just 215.1 yards per game through the air.
Titans at Panthers: Key injuries
Titans: CB Malcolm Butler (hamstring), DT Jurrell Casey (shoulder) and CB Adoree’ Jackson (foot) are all uncertain for Sunday. TE Delanie Walker (ankle) is also a question mark.
Panthers: McCaffrey (knee) is expected to be fine for Sunday, while S Eric Reid (shoulder), WR Curtis Samuel (shoulder) and LB Shaq Thompson (ankle) are question marks.
Titans at Panthers: Odds, betting lines and prediction
Oct 20, 2019; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans wide receiver Corey Davis (84) reacts after scoring a touchdown against the Los Angeles Chargers during the first half at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 20, 2019; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans wide receiver Corey Davis (84) reacts after scoring a touchdown against the Los Angeles Chargers during the first half at Nissan Stadium. (Photo Credit: Jim Brown – USA TODAY Sports)
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Panthers 20, Titans 16
Moneyline ( ?)
The Titans (+165) and Panthers (-200) will be involved in a close, one-possession game which should feature plenty of rushing and defense. It’s too close to call a moneyline winner.
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Against the Spread ( ?)
The PANTHERS (-3.5, -129) are laying three and a hook, which is essentially Vegas calling this a coin-flip game with a slight edge to the home side, which generally calls for a three-point advantage. The difference for me is McCaffrey vs. Derrick Henry in the run game. The more efficient ground game will get it done, and CMC is one of the best in the league. He’ll be the difference here.
Over/Under ( ?)
The UNDER 40.5 ( +100) is an awfully low total, but neither of these offenses are particularly prolific. Each tem is on its second quarterback, and each of their strengths is running the football and defense. That usually smacks of an under.
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