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Pounce on Titans as SU Pick vs Saints

The New Orleans Saints find themselves as three-point favorites over the Tennessee Titans in the Week 1 NFL lines, per BetUS. The over-under opened at 42 points in the Vegas NFL odds.

The Saints have successfully generated a ton of buzz this offseason, but is it warranted? All signs point to the boost in perception coming from Derek Carr’s decision to sign with New Orleans following his release by Las Vegas. The jury is still out on whether Carr will be able to do enough to return the Saints to being a contender in the NFC South.

Pounce on Titans as SU Pick vs Saints
Pounce on Titans as SU Pick vs Saints

If this game were to be played via NFL preseason previews, the Saints would rout the Titans by double digits. The good news is the game will actually take place in the Superdome.

Titans Flying Under the Radar

The fact that Tennessee selected quarterbacks Malik Willis and Will Levis in consecutive drafts appears to have influenced the perception on how the Titans will perform this season. If this is Ryan Tannehill’s last season as Tennessee’s QB1, the good news is the front office upgraded the team’s offensive weapons over the offseason.

The Titans successfully won the DeAndre Hopkins sweepstakes, but it remains to be seen if the veteran receiver can return to his Pro Bowl days of old upon his arrival in Nashville. Tennessee also drafted versatile running back Tyjae Spears to help spell Derrick Henry.

— SportsGrid (@SportsGrid) August 28, 2023

Does Carr Make Saints a Playoff Team?

The BetUS NFL odds have New Orleans as the NFC South favorites heading into the start of the season. There is no doubt that Carr is an upgrade for New Orleans compared to its underwhelming quarterback situation in 2022 led by Andy Dalton.

Let’s not forget that the Raiders ran Carr out of town and were unable to find anything in a potential trade for Carr. This is not an attempt to trash Carr, but I am not sure the veteran represents more than a mid to low-end starting quarterback option.

The matchup I am watching when these two teams square off is the Saints offensive line against the Titans pass rush led by Jeffrey Simmons. If things go as planned, it could be a frustrating debut for Carr in NOLA.

New Orleans’ offensive weapons is also likely a downgrade from what Carr had to work with in Las Vegas led by Davante Adams. The challenge is the Titans offensive line could be even worse than the Saints’ situation with former Pro Bowler Taylor Lewan retiring from the NFL following his release this offseason.

Titans vs Saints Best Bet

Despite the addition of Carr, I believe the Saints roster has enough holes for the Titans to give them problems in NFL Week 1. The one aspect that gives me pause is that the Superdome offers the Saints a legitimate home-field advantage, one of the rare NFL environments that can impact the outcome.

Trepidation aside, I am still willing to back the Titans to not only cover the +3 spread but take the Tennessee moneyline. A $20 bet on the Titans to win provides a $49.00 payout according to the latest BetUS moneyline odds at +145.

The vibes will be immaculate on Broadway.

PICK: Tennessee Titans (-145)

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