When the season began, only the most loyal of supporters for both teams would have envisioned a November meeting between the Tennessee Titans and New England Patriots being a showdown of division leaders.
In the latest AFC conference odds, New England (+600) trails only the Kansas City Chiefs (+300), Buffalo Bills (+400) and Baltimore Ravens (+550). Tennessee (+700) isn’t far behind.
New England had some defensive issues last season but is currently third in the NFL in total defense, allowing 312 yards per game. Tennessee has the fourth-best rushing defense.
The Patriots have the longest active winning streak in the NFL, winning five in a row to move past Buffalo and into first place in the AFC East. The Patriots have the largest point differential in the NFL with 300 points scored and 177 allowed.
Tennessee has a two-game lead on Indianapolis in the AFC South. Tennessee has been one of the best road teams in the league with a 4-1 mark.
New England (+105) trails only Buffalo (-135) in the AFC East odds. Tennessee is the overwhelming pick at +1600 to win a division title.
- Game: Tennessee (8-3) at New England (7-4)
- Location: Gillette Stadium
- Day/Time: Sunday, 1 p.m. ET
- Television: CBS
Tennessee Titans at New England Patriots Betting Lines
Team Point Spread Moneyline Over/Under Tennessee +6½ +235 44 New England -6½ -275 44
The New England Patriots had defeated the Tennessee Titans seven consecutive times from 2003-18 and covered in six of those games. That all changed in the last two meetings.
Tennessee was listed as a 6½-point underdog at home according to the NFL picks against the spread in a Nov. 11, 2018, game against New England, but a pair of Derick Henry touchdown runs powered the Titans to the 34-10 win in the last regular-season meeting between the teams.
New England was a 4½-point favorite at home when the teams played on Jan. 4, 2020, in an AFC Wild Card game. Tennessee scored in the final minute of the third and fourth quarters for the 20-13 win. It was the second game in a row between the teams to go under the total.
Next game: vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
The Tennessee Titans were 10-point favorites according to the NFL football lines against the visiting Houston Texans.
A pair of Tyrod Taylor touchdown runs gave Houston the 19-0 lead midway through the third quarter. The Texans won 22-13 to snap an eight-game losing streak.
The game went under the 45½-point total and it was the second game in a row when Tennessee failed to cover against the scores and odds.
Receiver A.J. Brown (chest), offensive lineman Nate Davis (concussion), linebacker Rashaan Evans (ankle) are questionable. Running back Derrick Henry (foot), linebacker Bud Dupree (abdominal) are out. Defensive back Caleb Farley (knee) is on injured reserve.
New England Patriots
Next game: at Buffalo
The visiting New England Patriots were seven-point favorites according to the Las Vegas odds against the Atlanta Falcons.
Four sacks and four interceptions, including one returned by Kyle Van Noy for a touchdown, led the Patriots to the 25-0 win as New England won its fifth straight game and covered in each of them
Five of the last six games involving the Patriots had gone over the total but this one failed to reach the 47-point total.
Defensive back Joshuah Bledsoe, linebacker Jamie Collins (ankle) an defensive lineman Byron Cowart are out indefinitely. Defensive end Henry Anderson (pectoral) is out for the season.
Betting on the Game
The Tennessee Titans are holding the largest lead of any of the AFC divisions despite losing Henry, the NFL’s leading rusher at the time, to a foot injury. Adrian Peterson, who was signed to try to help fill the void from the loss of Henry, was recently released.
The Patriots started the season by dropping their first four home games but have won their last two at home.
The New England defense could have a big day as Tennessee quarterback Ryan Tannehill has been sacked 31 times, tied for the most in the NFL this season.
Patriots quarterback Mac Jones leads all rookies with 2,540 passing yards.
The game features two of the AFC leaders in sacks. New England’s Matt Judon has nine sacks while Jeffrey Simmons leads Tennessee with eight.
Tennessee had covered against the NFL betting lines in seven of eight games before failing to cover in the last two games.