Wide receiver Corey Davis is “definitely not scared” and neither should you be of doing a little NFL betting on the Oakland Raiders vs. the Tennessee Titans. Davis, whom the Titans selected with the fifth overall pick in the 2017 draft, missed most of training camp with a hamstring injury but head coach Mike Mularkey expects to have Davis as well as Erick Decker back in action for the season-opening game.
- Date: Sunday, 10th September
- Time: 1:05 PM
- Venue: LP Field, Nashville, Tennessee
Sportsbook Odds for Fans Betting on NFL:
Raiders +2 (EV) 51 (-110) +110
Titans -2 (-120) 51 (-110) -130
When the Raiders go Marshawn in
Sunday will be running back Marshawn Lynch’s first game since unretiring (in your face, Branden Albert!) as well as the start of his first regular season with his hometown team.
One better believe ‘Beast Mode’ will be aiming to hit the ground running, seeing as how his contract has a $2 million bonus if Lynch reaches 1,000 rushing yards for the season – which he has accomplished in four of his last five seasons. Lynch has always been a cipher; a cipher wrapped in an enigma, smothered in secret sauce. But according to the Sacramento Bee’s Ailene Voisin it’s rookie cornerback Gareon Conley who is “the Raiders’ mystery man.” The Ohio State product had to pass a polygraph test before the Raiders selected him (and it wasn’t to determine whether or not he likes to watch Melrose Place either) but missed training camp with shin splints, so we’ll have to wait till Sunday’s NFL betting game to see what he brings to the table. Finally, there’s defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes – who reminds Derek Carr of Justin Tuck because of his “great hands.” Well, to each his own. Vanderdoes has shed most of the 40 pounds he gained while he was recovering from a torn ACL.
Taylor-made in Taywan
Decker and Davis being sidelined redounded to the benefit of rookie wide receiver Taywan Taylor, who took extra reps in training camp and in preseason games. The former Western Kentucky Hilltopper led the Titans with 145 receiving yards and gained some very much welcomed experience.
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Like Decker and Davis, running back DeMarco Murray is also expected to be ready for the season-opening NFL betting game as is starting quarterback Marcus Mariota, who broke his right fibula in Week 16 in a 38-17 Christmas Eve loss to Jacksonville. Mariota completed 62.5% of his passes in three exhibition games and had a 110.0 rating. Additionally, he looked good running, showed some explosiveness after planting the foot, and took a few major strides toward settling in and getting comfortable again in the pocket. All things considered, TitansOnline.com Senior Writer and Editor Jim Wyatt is impressed with the team’s youth movement. “Linebacker Jayon Brown looks like a special player, with good speed and instincts,” Wyatt wrote on the Titans’ official website. “Adoree’ Jackson is going to be a playmaker in the return game, and I think he’ll settle down and help on defense. Jonnu Smith keeps improving. These rookies are going to help.”