Rams vs. Titans NFL Picks: Solid Spot to Back the Underdog

Joe Gavazzi

Friday, August 21, 2015 1:44 PM GMT

Note before locking in your Week 2 NFL picks that neither of these teams made promised playoff land last year with St. Louis posting a 6-10 SU record & Tennessee recording a 2-14 SU mark.  

St. Louis Rams vs. Tennessee Titans NFL Odds 8:00 ET FOX TV
FOX TV draws your first Sunday night NFL game of the year with this matchup between the visiting St. Louis Rams and the host, Tennessee Titans.  Neither of these teams made promised playoff land last year with St. Louis posting a 6-10 SU record, while Tennessee recorded a 2-14 SU mark.  There was no turnaround in Week 1, as St. Louis lost (18-3) to Oakland, while Tennessee fell (31-24) at Atlanta.  My NFL handicapping opinion is that St. Louis is the bounce back team based on the fact that they will make a priority of establishing their offense this week, while Tennessee has a HC in Whisenhunt who has a proven track record of failure in NFL-Ex games.

True to his NFL-Ex form, Tennessee HC Whisenhunt emptied his bench in Week 1 playing 4 QBs.  The Titans trailed 17-0 after the 1st quarter, had a -2 net TO margin for the game and played a poor defensive contest in allowing Atlanta to post 31 points.  Do not be surprised if there is more of the same, as QBs Mariota, Mettenberger and Whitehurst could all get playing time.  Last year, in their 2-14 SU, 3-13 ATS season, the Titans were outrushed 137-91 and outgained 373-304.  But until the gun goes off for the 2015 regular season, do not expect the tandem of former Pittsburgh Steeler assistant coaches, Whisenhunt and his new DC, LeBeau, to implement the changes that will lead to their improvement. 

St. Louis HC Fisher has shown the propensity for high-scoring games in NFL-Ex action.  Witness his 36-26 OVER mark in August frays.  It is for that reason that I would expect an emphasis on the offensive side of the ball in Game 2, after the Rams could put only 3 points on the board against Oakland last week.  Those came on a meager 285 yards, including fewer than 200 yards through the air.  Look for a greater role by anticipated starter, Nick Foles, who threw just 5 passes in the opener.  In addition, an improved St. Louis defense figures to be equally impressive, as they were in the opener against a Tennessee team who may not show all their cards.

This is a solid underdog spot for NFL Picks on a St. Louis team who has shown a propensity to establish their offense in August under HC Fisher. Furthermore, until Whisenhunt shows a tendency to improve his 10-20 SU ATS NFL-Ex record, including 1-9 ATS vs. sub .500 teams, we want no part of the Titans in August, especially in the role of favorite.  Plenty of time to hop on their bandwagon, once the gun goes off in September, as they figure to be among the NFL’s most improved teams.

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