With Derrick Henry sidelined for weeks for the Titans and the addition of Von Miller to the Rams, it is no surprise that Los Angeles is the clear favorite in Week 9’s Sunday Night Football matchup.
BetMGM Line: Rams by 7.5 (54)
NFL · Sun (11/7) @ 8:22pm ET
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Titans At Rams Game Facts And Analysis
The skinny: The AFC South-leading Titans are making their second and final West Coast trip of the season, but this time without two-time defending rushing champion Derrick Henry, who is out six to ten weeks after Tuesday’s surgery for a fractured foot.
Facts: In the wake of Henry’s injury, Tennessee grabbed 36-year-old Adrian Peterson, a three-time rushing champ, off the league’s discard pile. He is expected to be active Sunday and join Henry’s regular backup, Jeremy McNichols. Also just signed was ex-Tennessee RB D’Onta Foreman. Bettors who had the Rams giving 16.5 points last week at Houston were victims of a crushing backdoor cover when the woeful Texans scored 22 points in the final 8:08 after trailing 38-0 thanks to Matt Stafford’s three TD passes for LA. Only once have the Rams had a negative turnover differential in a game this season when they were 37-20 losers to Arizona 37-20 at minus 2. Tennessee beat Indy 34-31 in OT last week despite 161 yards in penalties, 39 more than any team in a game this year. Not helping matters for Tennessee is that WR Julio Jones (questionable, hamstring) was limited in drills Wednesday. He missed last week’s game. In Tennessee’s previous West Coast journey, it won at Seattle 33-30 in OT in Week 2 as a 6.5-point underdog. That’s one of four games the Titans have won despite being a dog of 3 or more points, including last week.
Analysis: As for Peterson, he won’t be asked to carry the same load as Henry, who was on pace to have the most carries in a season in league history. But that’s to be expected from a guy who missed training camp, the first eight weeks of the season and will be having his first contact since he played with Detroit last season. For sure, the Rams will be placing an extra emphasis on stripping the ball when he hits the line. The person who will be carrying the load is QB Ryan Tannehill, who not only won’t have the best running back in the league but maybe even one of the league’s top receivers, too, in Jones. Then there’s this: Tannehill, the second-most sacked passer in the league with 24, will be going against a Rams defense that leads the league with 25 sacks and just added pass-rushing specialist Von Miller from Denver to join the best defensive lineman in the league with Aaron Donald. Plus, the Rams know not to take the foot off the gas this week.
Sports Betting Pick: Rams 35, Titans 21
Last week: 4-11 ATS, 5-10 SU
Season total: 62-57-3 (.521) ATS; 77-45 (.631) SU