Cut the Malarkey: Titans vs. Cards Sportsbook NFL Odds

December 8, 2017 NFL Football, Sportsbook

The sportsbook NFL odds favor the Tennessee Titans by a field goal. They meet the Arizona Cardinals. Can the Titans part the Red Sea? Why are the Titans favored? They have not cut Mularkey. They have cut the malarkey. That’s the short answer. Hall of Fame NFL coach and NBC analyst Tony Dungy described the Titans as a “dump truck.” They play ugly. They win ugly too. But they win. “If it means we’re boring and we’re a load to handle, I’m OK with that,” head coach Mike Mularkey said. “In past years, we didn’t have the fight,” tight end Delanie Walker said. “This year, we expect to win close games,” Walker added. “That’s our identity, we ain’t gonna give up,” Walker concluded.

Behold the Titans part the Red Sea

  • Date: Sunday, 10th December
  • Time: 4:10 PM
  • Venue: University of Phoenix Stadium
  • Online Sportsbook American Football Betting Odds:

Titans -3 (-110) 44 (-105) -159

Cardinals +3 (-110) 44 (-115) +139

Titans hope to cover on the road again

The Titans are 8-4. They lead the AFC South. They are the No. 3 seed in the conference. They are 3-1 against teams over .500. They have beaten the Jaguars. They have defeated the Seahawks. They have bested the Ravens. They are a victim of the tall poppy syndrome.

Marcus Mariota will return to the scene of the 2013 Fiesta Bowl. He threw for two touchdowns and ran for another on that occasion. Oregon beat Kansas State. “A good memory and a good way to end a really good season,” Mariota said. He has thrown 12 picks this season. He has thrown nine of those picks on the road. He has thrown just three touchdowns on the road.

The Titans have lost and failed to cover in games that seemed a lock. For example, against Miami. For another example, against Houston. They are 7-19 ATS in their last 26 road games. They are 17-36-4 ATS in their last 57 games on grass. They are 19-42-4 ATS in their last 65 games overall. They are 2-3-1 against the sportsbook NFL odds spread in their last 6 games.

Cards are relying on their straight-up record against the AFC South

The Cardinals’ special teams are indeed special. Like Corky. In Life Goes On. They rank in the bottom five in the league in eight special-teams categories. Namely, expected points added by special teams, field goal percentage, opponent field goal percentage, net yards per punt, opponent net yards per punt, opponent yards per kick return, average starting field position on kickoff returns, and opponent field goal blocks. This is but an epitome of everything that’s wrong with the Cards. Including ranking last in rushing yards per game. Or 24th in points per game.

The Cardinals are 6-1 SU in their last seven games playing AFC South teams. They are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games on grass, 6-14-1 ATS in their last 21 at home, and 3-8-1 against the sportsbook NFL odds spread in their last 12 overall.

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