The Lombardi Trophy is in sight for 12 teams as the NFL playoffs arrive after a long hard fought season. The Wild Card round is the first to kick off on Saturday night at 7:15, as the New England Patriots host the Tennessee Titans at Gillette Stadium. One of these teams will see their Super Bowl dreams fall short after this game, so let’s take a look at which of these teams will come out on top according to the latest NFL Odds.
Titans vs Patriots 2020 NFL Wild Card Odds & Expert Prediction
Why Bet on the Tennessee Titans?The Titans finished the season at 9-7 but saw the majority of their success happen in the second half of the season. Ryan Tannehill was named the starter for this team in week 7 and finished down the stretch 7-3 with him under center. He finished the year with the league’s best passer rating and has transformed this team into a threat many teams did not want to play.
Tennessee also had Derrick Henry who won the rushing title and led the league with 16 rushing scores. He is just as dangerous out of the backfield and is always a threat to score thanks to his breakaway speed.
Rookie wideout AJ Brown has broken onto the scene thanks to a healthy connection with Tannehill. He finished with 1,051 yards and nine scores on just 51 catches which should put him into rookie of the year conversations. The Titans also have the fourth best red zone conversion rate at nearly 76 percent. If they hope to pull the upset that level of success will need to continue.
Why Bet on the New England Patriots?New England will be playing on Wild Card weekend for just the second time in the past 11 seasons. They won the division for the tenth consecutive season with a 12-4 record but have not finished the season strong after they started 11-1.
The strength of this team is the defenses and more specifically the secondary for the Patriots. Cornerback Stephon Gilmore has garnered some defensive player of the year attention after leading the NFL in Interceptions with six and passes defended of 20 on the season. The Mccourty twins are seasoned veterans who know how to exploit the weaknesses of opposing receivers and have been a big part of how this defense has been among the best in the league this season.
They led the league in yards given up a game with 245. They only allow 14.1 points a contest which is also at the top of the NFL. On the other side of the ball the Patriots are still led by Tom Brady. Despite what many believe is to be a down season for his usual production he was still good enough to win 12 games even with a depleted receiving corps.
Titans vs Patriots Pick & PredictionThe Tennessee Titans are being given plus-4.5 odds as the underdog and are plus-190 on the Moneyline. 44 points is the current betting total on MyBookie but the lines for the game are still moving.
New England is the smart pick to take straight up or ATS. The Patriots home field advantage is a real thing and one of the strongest in the league. We have seen before that New England has limped into the playoffs and Tom Brady still finds a way to correct the course and win playoff football games. New England minus-4.5 is the pick here.