TENNESSEE TITANS @ NEW YORK JETS

What was likely to be a one-sided affair now seemingly has some life after the Titans two starting outside WRs were ruled out due to injury. Will a poor Titans defense and their depleted offense be enough for the Jets to get their first win of the year or will the Titans shrug off the loss of their pass-catchers and find a way to win the game and move to 3-1 on the year? 

The Jets have struggled mightily so far in 2021, they’ve lost all three games, haven’t scored a TD since Week 1 and were shut out in a 26-0 loss to the Denver Broncos last week. Zach Wilson has struggled with turning the football over and will have to realise sooner rather than later that you can’t just throw the ball up as he did in the college game. If he can’t show some improvement in this game against a poor Titans secondary there may be some murmurings or concern from a Jets fan base not known for their patience. 

Tennessee will no doubt miss A.J. Brown & Julio Jones. The talented Brown and future HOFer Jones are of course the Titans starting outside pass-catchers and without them, this offense looks a lot different. We could talk about their replacements and what potential role they could have but I think the more likely scenario is that the targets are shared amongst the available WRs. Instead, I want to look at two pass catchers from the RB & TE positions. Anthony Firkser hasn’t played since the Week 1 matchup against the Cardinals in a game he caught 3 of 4 targets, he’s the clear cut TE1 on this Titans roster and with the star pass-catchers unavailable I like his chances of hitting the over on his U/O 2.5 receptions line. Now we broach the touchy subject of Derrick Henry! He’s a divisive figure here at FBA, we’re big fans of his but he never seems to deliver when we tip him too! We are hoping he bucks that trend for us today though as it would be criminal of me to not mention how improved he’s been in the passing game since Arthur Smith left for Atlanta. In the three games played this season, Henry has 3 or more receptions and at least 19 yards receiving in all of them, and now with the Titans primary pass-catchers injured his U/O line for receptions and receiving yards is 2.5 & 18.5?! Someone make it make sense! If Henry lets us down again here he will be in the FBA black book for good! 

Spread: Jets +6.0

Total Match Points line: U/O 43.5

Game Prediction: Jets 23-21 Titans 

Best Bet: Anthony Firkser & Derrick Henry both over 2.5 receptions and Henry over 18.5 receiving yards @ 6/1 with Bet365 Bet Builder. [0.5]

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