Reasons Why The Titans Could Upset The Rams
- Los Angeles Rams at Tennessee Titans (LAR -6.5)
After a huge win in Seattle, the Rams travel cross country to face the Titans. The Titans are coming off 2 terrible losses to bad teams (Cardinals and 49ers) but somehow they are still in the playoff hunt. The Titans problems in those 2 games as well as all season has been their offense. Before the season started the Titans were my dark horse favorite to make a run at the Superbowl. I thought QB Marcus Mariota would have his breakout year, he has the offensive weapons to do it, especially in the running game. But the Titans look far from a contender and could be loosing a 3rd straight time this weekend. Good thing the Titans are at home where there record is 5-1 in Tennessee. At home, its like night and day for the Titans. Good at home, terrible on the road. at home they pass for over over 225 yards which is 40 more than they do on the road. Not great but above average. Their rushing attack averages over 150 yards at home which is 60 yards better than on the road. Also not great but pretty good. The biggest difference on offense between home and away is Mariota. Mariota averages a 90.5 passer rating at home compared to 66.5 on the road. See, night and day.
Nevertheless, this Rams defense can play, They rank 12th in overall defense and is coming off a 7 sack performance last week versus Russel Wilson. They could struggle somewhat though against a good home offense of the Titans. Especially because the Rams will be traveling cross country.
The only thing consistent on this Titan team is there run defense. Their run defense has played phenomenal this year ranking 3rd overall holding teams to around 87 yards a game. This could be trouble for Todd Gurley and the Rams running attack which just came off a very good performance. So the Rams may be forced to throw the ball more with their QB Jared Goff. The Titans pass defense is not so good. They rank well below average at 25th in the league and allowing over 260 passing yards a game. Good thing for the Titans though. The rams rank 12th in passing, averaging over 140 yards a game. So not to much difference and at home the Titans may have the edge in that category.
Dont be surprised if the Titans can pull out the upset here. I know it seems crazy, especially after Tennessee lost to two bad teams. But this team is legit at home and with the Rams traveling cross country, it could cause problems. But I still think the Rams are better team and their 6-1 record on the road has me to believe that the travel wont be a problem for LA.
- Prediction: Rams 23 - Titans 20