Arizona Cardinals vs Tennessee Titans Prediction, 9/12/2021 NFL Pick, Tips and Odds, Week 1
Game: Arizona Cardinals vs Tennessee Titans
Date: Sunday, September 12, 2021
Location: Nissan Stadium in Nashville, TN
Odds/Point Spread: Titans (-1.5)
The Tennessee Titans (11-5-0 last season) will try to beat the Arizona Cardinals (8-8-0 last year) at Nissan Stadium on Sunday. Arizona opens as 1.5-point underdogs. The total is set at 50.5.
The Arizona Cardinals ended the year with a 8-8-0 mark. In their last contest, the Cardinals faced the Rams and went home with a loss by a final score of 18-7. Kenyan Drake was the best rusher for the Cardinals with 10 attempts for 36 yds (3.6 yds per attempt). DeAndre Hopkins averaged 8.8 yards per catch by earning 35 yds on 4 catches. Chris Streveler went 11/16 with 105 yds passing and 1 TD. He had a QB rating of 81.5 and ended the contest with 1 interception. When it came to stopping the run, the Cardinals gave up 110 yds on 30 tries, which is an average of 3.7 yds per rush surrendered. Arizona allowed 22 completions on 38 attempts for a total of 223 yds, and a completion rate of 57.9%. When the final whistle blew, they had 49 plays which gave them a total of 214 yards. The Arizona Cardinals rushed the ball a total of 18 times and compiled 48 yards, which came out to an average of 2.7 yds per attempt.
When it comes to putting points on the board, the Arizona Cardinals had an average of 25.6 points per outing. As a team they had an average of 139.8 yds via the ground game, which had them sitting 7th in the NFL. The Cardinals racked up 6,153 total yards for the prior year. Arizona compiled 27 touchdowns via the pass and 22 rushing touchdowns. Arizona accounted for 211 1st downs as a team, and they were hurt by 113 penalties for 868 yds. They turned the ball over 21 times (13 picks and 8 fumbles).
When it comes to passing yards, the Cardinals conceded 3,623 yards which had them ranked 10th in the league. In their 16 games played, they gave up 226.4 yards per outing via the pass as well as relinquishing a completion percentage of 64.0%. They granted 351.9 yards per outing which ranked them 13th in the National Football League. They relinquished 26 passing touchdowns and 13 touchdowns on the ground. Opposing teams ran for an average of 4.6 yards per rush on the ground and 125.5 yards on the ground per contest for the previous year. Over the course of last year, they allowed 2,008 running yards through 16 outings. The Cardinals sat in 12th in the league in terms of team defense, allowing 22.9 PPG.
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The Titans wrapped up their season holding a 11-5-0 record. When they last stepped on the gridiron, the Titans went home defeated by a final of 20-13 when they played the Ravens. Ryan Tannehill (1 touchdown) ended the game with 165 yds on 18/26 passing while his quarterback rating was 83.0. He threw 1 interception and his longest completion went for 35 yds. A.J. Brown was featured in the passing game for the Titans, bringing in 6 balls for 83 yds (13.8 yds per reception). Derrick Henry ran the football 18 times for 40 yds, finishing the game with 2.2 yards per attempt for Tennessee. The Titans finished the game with 209 yards and they ran 49 plays (4.3 yards per play). Tennessee rushed the football for 2.3 yards per tote, finishing the game with 51 yds on 22 attempts. Tennessee allowed 35 attempts on the ground for 236 yards (6.7 yards per carry). The Titans pass defense gave up a completion percentage of 70.8%, surrendering 165 yards on 17 for 24 through the air.
The Tennessee Titans had an average of 396.4 yards per outing ranking them 3rd out of all teams in the NFL. They gave away 7 interceptions while surrendering 5 fumbles and they obtained 203 first downs. They averaged 168.1 yards per game via the ground game and ran for 2,690 yards for the year. The Tennessee offense compiled 783 penalty yards on 86 violations, which had them ranked 17th in football in terms of making mistakes. Last season, the Titans earned 3,653 passing yards in addition to an average of 228.3 passing yards per game, which had them ranked 23rd in the league. When looking at the points being put on the board, the Titans sat 4th out of all teams in the league holding an average of 30.7 points per contest.
The Titans conceded 27.4 PPG, which had them in 24th in the NFL. Last season, they relinquished 439 points in total. Tennessee gave up a total of 1,933 yards rushing (120.8 yards per contest) as well as 18 touchdowns by way of the ground game last season. They allowed 36 touchdowns through the air as well as 277.4 yards per outing, which had them ranked 29th in football. The Titans defense was on the field for 1,076 plays, which had them sitting 30th in the league. Their defense earned 23 turnovers (8 fumbles recovered and 15 interceptions) for the previous season.
Who will win tonight's Cardinals/Titans NFL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Arizona +1.5
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