The 9-4 Titans host the 5-8 Detroit Lions this week as they look to continue their march to a division championship and playoff berth. Can the outside chance of the Lions finishing .500 on the season be enough motivation for them to play spoiler here?
Tennessee once again ran Derrick Henry to victory last week as the King tallied 215 yards and 2 TD’s against a poor Jags defense, and whilst this Lions one he’ll see today isn’t much better, I do at least expect them to put up even a little more resistance than Henry saw last week. Henry has been a monster all season but especially in recent weeks where he’s gone for 100+ yards on the ground in 4 of his last 5 outings and already has two 200+ rushing yards games this season!
If the Lions have any chance of keeping up with the Titans they’ll need Matt Stafford to be at his very best but we’re not exactly sure quite how fit he is, after taking a hard hit last week against the Packers, Matt Stafford left the game and didn’t return and has been listed as ‘Questionable’ all week, he appears to be suiting up for the contest today but you have to wonder how comfortable he’ll be out there. The defense has struggled in all aspects this season and as well as the obvious threat Derrick Henry poses, they’ll have to be prepared for Ryan Tannehill who is quietly having a very good season playing second fiddle behind Henry, Tannehill has 28 TD passes against only 5 INT’s and is more than capable of winning the game with his arm if by some miracle a team are able to bottle up the King.
I can’t take the Lions here, they’ve not shown me they have what it takes to stop Henry and with Stafford not fully fit I just can’t see them having enough to win here. As for our best bet we’re going with Kevin Byard, the Titans Safety has been in great form recently, posting 7 or more T&A’s in his last 9 games and at 11/10 to go over 6.5 in a game I expect the Lions will have to throw the ball a lot in to keep up and that should give Byard lots of tackling opportunities.
PREDICTION: TITANS 30 – 24 LIONS
BEST BET: Kevin Byard OVER 6.5 Tackles & Assists – 11/10 with SkyBet. 0.5 point bet.