NFL Odds Favor Titans Over Cowboys in Week 2

Steven Suarez

Monday, September 8, 2014 5:57 PM UTC

Monday, Sep. 8, 2014 5:57 PM UTC

The Titans were one of the surprise packages in their Week 1 throttling of Kansas City, while the Cowboys disappointed at home. Who will get the nod as the NFL betting favorites for this Week 2 showdown at LP Field? 

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Though the early line movement saw the spread move up from 3.5 to 4 at a lot of sportsbooks, now the number has settled at either 3 or 3.5 at most places. The total is still right around 49.

The Cowboys have a couple injuries on the defensive side of the ball, but appear healthy at the offensive skill positions, while Tennessee will also have the luxury of calling on their full complement of players.

It's clear the Titans have momentum on their side after a great showing Week 1. They appear to be much improved in many facets of their play under new coach Ken Whisenhunt, with defensive coordinator Ray Horton making a good first impression against the Chiefs.

Then there's Dallas, who were very disappointing at home against the 49ers. Tony Romo made a lot of mistakes, and the defense didn't show up at all.

We do expect the Cowboys to play better this weekend, but we don't have enough faith in them to back them with our ATS picks just yet. We'll be taking Tennessee as home favorites.

Free NFL Pick: Titans -3 at 5 Dimes

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The NFL odds haven't been out long, yet we've already seen a slight shift in the spread.

An opening number of 3.5 has already been wagered up to 4, with the Titans hoping to parlay their Week 1 win into a surprise 2-0 start at the expense of Tony Romo and the Cowboys.

For those itching to get involved in a potential play on the game's total, the number is at 49 as of now. 

Tennessee in 2014-15 Regular Season: 1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS, +16.0 margin of victory

Dallas in 2014-15 Regular Season: 0-1 SU, 0-1 ATS, -11.0 margin of victory

We can be sure Tennessee wouldn't have been favored at that kind of number if it were not for such a dominant display last weekend.

The Titans went into Arrowhead Stadium and controlled the game from start to finish, ending up as 26-10 victors. They got an efficient game out of Jake Locker, who was 22-of-33 for 266 yards and two touchdowns and managed to avoid turning the ball over too. Justin Hunter, Nate Washington, Kendall Wright and Delanie Walker were the top targets for Tennessee.

In the run game, Shonn Greene (15 carries) got the most work, but Dexter McCluster, Bishop Sankey and even Leon Washington were involved too.

However, it was the Titans defense that stood out most. They made life difficult on Alex Smith all day, racking up three interceptions and four sacks. Ray Horton's unit will have to be at the top of their game against in Week 2 up against Tony Romo, Dez Bryant, DeMarco Murray and the Cowboys.

Dallas fell short last Sunday, losing 28-17 at home to San Francisco. Even a 3.5-point head-start in the NFL odds wasn't enough to help the Cowboys cover the spread.

Romo made mistakes, throwing three picks despite his 281 passing yards and touchdown pass. Murray ran well, piling up 118 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries, while Bryant, Terrance Williams and Dwayne Harris all had at least 50 yards receiving.

Looking ahead to Week 2, Dallas could be in for a hard time again, this time against a Titans defense that appears to be much improved across the board. We'll have to monitor how the betting lines move, but a play on Tennessee is looking likely for our NFL picks at this point.

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