Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Tennessee Titans Prediction, 8/20/2022 NFL Picks, Best Bets & Odds Preseason Week 2
Game: Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Tennessee Titans
Date: Saturday, August 20, 2022
Location: Nissan Stadium in Nashville, TN
TV: NFL League Pass/NFL Network
Odds/Point Spread: Titans (-2.5)
The Tennessee Titans (12-5 last year) will try to beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (13-4 last season) at Nissan Stadium on Saturday. Tampa Bay opens this matchup as 2.5-point underdogs. The total is set at 38.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers ended the year having a 13-4 mark. In their last contest of last season, the Buccaneers faced off with the Rams and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 30-27. Leonard Fournette was the best rusher for the Buccaneers with 13 totes for 51 yards (3.9 yards per attempt). Mike Evans had an average of 14.9 yards per catch by accounting for 119 yds on 8 receptions. Tom Brady went 30/54 with 329 yds through the air and 1 touchdown. He had a QB rating of 72.2 and finished the game with 1 interception. When it came to the battle of the line of scrimmage, the Buccaneers gave up 73 yds on 30 tries, which calculates to 2.4 yards per run allowed. Tampa Bay conceded 28 completions on 38 attempts for a total of 355 yards, and a completion rate of 73.7%. In all, they ran 71 plays which gave them 359 yds. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers ran the football 14 different times and recorded 51 yds, which had them averaging 3.6 yards per tote.
The Buccaneers racked up 6,901 total yards for the prior year. Tampa Bay tallied 273 1st downs offensively, and they were called for 97 penalties for 874 yds. Tampa Bay totaled 43 touchdowns via the pass and 18 rushing touchdowns. They surrendered the ball 19 different times (12 interceptions and 7 fumbles). As a unit they averaged 98.4 yards in the run game, giving them a rank of 26th in the NFL. Regarding putting the ball in the endzone, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers averaged 30.1 PPG.
In terms of passing yards, the Buccaneers gave up 4,062 yards which ranked them 21st in football. In their 17 games played, they surrendered 238.9 yards per outing through the air as well as relinquishing a completion percentage of 65.4%. They allowed 331.5 yards/game which had them ranked 13th in the NFL. They allowed 26 touchdowns through the air as well as 11 touchdowns via the ground game. They gave up 4.3 yards per run and 92.5 yards on the ground per contest for the prior year. During the season, they conceded 1,573 rushing yards through 17 outings. The Buccaneers sat in 5th in the NFL in terms of team defense, conceding 20.8 PPG.
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The Titans wrapped up their season having a 12-5 record. When they last played last year, the Titans took a loss by a final score of 19-16 when they faced the Bengals. Ryan Tannehill (1 touchdown) walked away from the contest with 220 yds on 15/24 through the air while his QB rating was 66.7. He threw 3 picks and his average yds per pass attempt was 9.17 yds. Julio Jones was the leading receiver for the Titans, hauling in 6 footballs for 62 yards (10.3 yds per catch). D'Onta Foreman ran the ball 4 times for 66 yards, ending the contest with 16.5 yards per attempt for Tennessee. The Titans finished the contest with a total of 353 yards and they ran 52 plays (6.8 yards per play). Tennessee ran for 5.2 yards per tote, finishing the game with 140 yds on 27 attempts. Tennessee surrendered 18 rush attempts for 65 yds (3.6 yds per rush). The Titans pass defense allowed a completion percentage of 75.7%, relinquishing 280 yards on 28 out of 37 passing.
The Tennessee Titans averaged 342.5 yards/game which ranked them 17th out of all teams in the NFL. They had an average of 141.4 yards per game via the rush and ran for 2,404 yards in total. The Tennessee offense accrued 973 penalty yds on 103 infractions, which ranked them 17th in the NFL in terms of hurting your team. They threw 14 interceptions while conceding 11 fumbles and they obtained 194 first downs. Last year, the Titans threw for a total of 3,418 yards through the air as well as averaging 201.1 passing yards per game, which had them ranked 24th in the NFL. When it comes to how much they scored, the Titans were ranked 15th in the NFL averaging 24.6 PPG.
Tennessee conceded a total of 1,438 yards via the ground game (84.6 yards/game) in addition to 14 touchdowns by way of the ground game last season. They surrendered 24 touchdowns from the passing game and 245.2 yards per outing, which had them ranked 25th in the NFL. Their defense totaled 22 turnovers (6 fumbles and 16 interceptions) over the course of last season. Last season, they gave up 354 points in total. The Titans defense was on the field for 1,039 plays, which had them ranked 10th in the league. The Titans surrendered 20.8 points per contest, which had them ranked 6th in the league.
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Tony's Pick: Take the Titans -2.5
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