It is a shame that the starters will probably not play in this final preseason game of the season for both of these teams. These teams do not play in the regular season, and this game could have featured two quarterbacks that make the position look so easy and smooth.
The betting experts had given up on Tennessee quarterback Vince Young a couple of years ago. After ruling the NCAA football betting scene, Young burst on to the NFL betting scene and went to the pro bowl in his rookie year. The following year Young had what could only be classified as a mental breakdown and veteran Kerry Collins stepped in. Last season, Collins became ineffective so the Titans put Young back in and they have not looked back.
New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees established himself as one of the most effective leaders in the NFL when he took the Saints to their first-ever Super Bowl win last season. Brees consistently throws for over 4,000 yards a season, and his touchdown totals are usually around the 30 mark.
[adinserter block=”2″]This season the Saints are trying to defend their Super Bowl title, and the offense looks like world-beaters once again. There is very little chance that head coach Sean Payton will risk any of his starting offensive players in this game, not even for one moment. That is probably why the Titans are favored by seven points in this game. It could also be the fact that there are very few, if any, roster spots left for players to fight for on the Saints team. The third string can expect to get cut by the September 4 deadline. Some may get picked up by other teams, but the champs are stacked and ready to start the season.
The NFL football betting lines on the Titans in the regular season are still up in the air. The Titans definitely look ready to join the Indianapolis Colts and Houston Texans in the battle for the AFC South title, but it is not yet known how this Titans team will react to real game situations.
Last season Young came in to a team that was 0-6 and finished 8-8. This season, with running back Chris Johnson ready to play and the Titans offensive line looking set, the Titans could be back to the form they were in when Young was a rookie. That is bad news for a Houston team that is still developing and an Indianapolis team that looks like it cannot find the answers.
[adinserter block=”1″]But this is not a game where many of the starters will play, which will make this the equivalent of a college scrimmage. Hardcore fans will be there to see some of the talent of the future but, for the most part, this will be a scouting game for both sides.
The one position to look for is Tennessee kick returner. Jeff Fisher seems to be trying several different players at that position and that battle may not be decided until the end of this game.
Pick: Tennessee Titans 31-10
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