New Orleans Saints vs Tennessee Titans Picks, Odds, Week 16 Predictions 12/22/2019
Game: New Orleans Saints vs Tennessee Titans
Date: Sunday, December 22, 2019
Location: Nissan Stadium in Nashville, TN
Odds/Point Spread: Tennessee +1.5
Nissan Stadium is the site where Ryan Tannehill and the Tennessee Titans will play the New Orleans Saints on Sunday. Tennessee opens this contest as 1.5-point dogs. The total opens at 51. The Saints are 11-3-0 ATS and 7-7-0 when betting on the total. The Titans are 8-6-0 when wagering on the over/under and 8-6-0 against the spread.
In their last game, the New Orleans Saints faced the Indianapolis Colts and ended up getting the win by a score of 34-7. Running the show from under center for the Saints was Drew Brees who went 29/30 with 307 yards passing and threw 4 touchdowns. He ended the game with no interceptions. Alvin Kamara paced the team in rushing for the game. He had a long run of 15 yards but wasn't able to convert a rushing touchdown. He rushed for a total of 66 yards on 14 carries which meant he was running for 4.7 yards per tote. Michael Thomas was the leader in receiving yardage by earning 128 yards on 12 receptions. He had an average of 10.7 yards per catch for the game. The New Orleans Saints ended up running the ball 33 times and racked up a total of 117 yards earning them an average of 3.5 yards per attempt. For the contest, the Saints had a total of 27 first downs and they had a total of 6 penalties for 52 yards. In all, they ran 63 plays for 424 yards. In terms of defense, New Orleans allowed 18 catches on 34 tries totaling 159 yards, and a completion percentage of 53.0%. On the ground, the Saints allowed 46 yards on 17 attempts which is an average of 2.7 yards per run allowed. On the day, they allowed 205 yards but weren't able to add any takeaways. Josh Schonwald has a NFL prediction for the game between the Raiders and Chargers.
The Saints come into this game with a record of 11-3 for this year. They are a team that has the capability to score points in the NFC South and I wouldn't expect it to change too much in this matchup. For total yards, they currently sit at 5th among NFC teams and 9th in the league with 5,226 yards. When it comes to scoring touchdowns, the Saints currently have a total of 30 passing TDs and 8 rushing TDs. In terms of scoring, they are one of the marginal teams in the league with an average of 27 points per contest, which has them at 7th in the league. As a team, they are averaging 109 rushing yards per contest which is 8th in the NFC.
The Saints have one of the best defenses in the league, allowing 21.6 points per contest which has them at 6th in the conference. When it comes to yards rushing, New Orleans is giving up 90.8 yards per contest putting them 2nd in the NFC South and 4th in the league. They are allowing teams to run for an average of 4.2 yards per rush putting them 10th in the conference and 17th among NFL teams overall. Overall, they have conceded 1,521 yards rushing through 14 contests. When it comes to yards through the air, the Saints have conceded 3,332 yards. Opponents are completing 62.2% of the throws they are attempting against them and averaging 5.8 yards per try. They have allowed 24 passing TDs and 10 rushing TDs.
In their last game, the Tennessee Titans played the Houston Texans and were defeated 24-21. Derrick Henry paced the team in rushing for the game. He tore off a long run of 23 yards but he wasn't able to rush for a TD on the day. He ran for a total of 86 yards via 21 carries which means he ran for an average of 4.1 yards per tote. A.J. Brown was the leader in receiving yardage by earning 114 yards on 8 receptions. He had an average of 14.3 yards per catch for the game. Leading the way at QB for the Titans was Ryan Tannehill who went 22/36 with 279 yards passing and tossed 2 touchdowns. He tossed 1 pick on the day. The Tennessee Titans ended up running the ball 28 times and generated 163 yards giving them an average of 5.8 yards per run. For the game, they ran 67 plays for 432 yards. On the day, the Titans had a total of 24 first downs and they totaled 4 penalties for 30 yards. In terms of defense, Tennessee conceded 19 completions on 27 throws totaling 233 yards, and a completion percentage of 70.0%. For the game, they allowed 373 yards and forced 2 turnovers. On the ground, the Titans conceded 140 yards on 35 attempts which is an average of 4.0 yards per rushing attempt allowed. Another prediction you may want to look into is the free NFL pick from Tony Sink on the Rams vs 49ers contest.
The Titans come into this game with a record of 8-6. In terms of offensive proficiency, the Titans have one of the average offenses in the league. When looking at their ability to score points, the Titans are currently ranked 2nd among AFC South teams and 11th out of all the teams in the league averaging 24.2 points per contest. Tennessee has made teams respect their running game by averaging 131 rushing yards per contest, which has them at 8th in the NFL. As a unit, they have compiled a total of 1,829 rushing yards through 14 games, so they'll need to look to improve on these numbers if they want to compete with the better teams in the league. The Titans average 353 yards per contest overall ranking them 15th in the NFL and 6th among AFC teams.
The Titans are allowing 19.9 points per game which puts them at 1st among AFC South teams and 8th in the NFL. Their passing defense is one of the middling units in the NFL. They are conceding 258 passing yards per contest. For passing yards allowed per game, the Titans sit in 14th among AFC teams. They have allowed 22 passing touchdowns for the 2019 season. In regard to points given up, they have given up 279 total points. In discussing rushing yards, they are conceding 104 yards per contest which puts them at 13th in the league and 2nd among AFC South teams. For 2019, they have given up 1,461 rushing yards and 10 rushing touchdowns.
Who will win tonight's Saints/Titans NFL game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Titans +1.5
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