ARIZONA CARDINALS @ TENNESSEE TITANS

Two teams looking to take the next step in 2021 square off in Nashville. Will it be a winning start for Julio Jones or JJ Watt as they make their first NFL starts for their new teams. 

The Cardinals strengthened their defense in FA, bringing in future HOF pass rusher JJ Watt he’ll form a potentially deadly pass rush tandem with Chandler Jones, the Cards should find getting to the QB a little easier this year. On the offense they have one of the best QB/WR duos in the NFL. Kyler Murray & DeAndre Hopkins are the envy of most Franchises but, outside of those two, there are plenty of questions with some being pointed in the direction of HC Kliff Kingsbury who’s usage of Hopkins is a head-scratcher at times.

Tennessee arguably made the biggest splash acquisition of the offseason as they acquired Julio Jones in a trade with the Atlanta Falcons. Jones will team up with A.J. Brown as the outside receivers looking for Ryan Tannehill to get them the ball often, but there might be an issue with that plan and that issue is Derrick Henry. The league’s best pure Running Back had another monster year in 2021 and I don’t expect to see less of him even with former OC Arthur Smith taking the reigns in Atlanta. Henry had 11 games with 98 or more rushing yards in 2020 and with his line set at O/U 96.5 yards here, I like him to hit the over once again against a Cardinals defense that wasn’t the best against the run last year. 

Spread: Titans -3

Total Match Points line: O/U 53.5

Game Prediction: Titans 34 – 30 Cardinals

Best Bet: Derrick Henry over 96.5 rushing yards @ 5/6 with SkyBet. [0.5]

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