The game matches up the best running back in the league in Chris Johnson against the Oakland defense.
It is also the unveiling of Jason Campbell as the new Raiders quarterback. The Titans really want to win this game in NFL odds because they have not forgotten last year’s 0-6 starts.
Titans are Motivated: Motivation is important in all sports and the Titans are very motivated for Sunday. They do not want to go through what they went through last season. The Titans started 0-6 and never recovered. They want to win this home opener against Oakland to make sure they start the season off fast. The Titans started the 2008 season with 10 straight wins and went 13-3 so they know what the season opener means to their long-term success.
Matchup Favors Tennessee – The Titans get a game they should win to start the season. The Raiders started last season 1-4 and they are still not a good team. The Titans have a very favorable schedule to start the year as they host Oakland and Pittsburgh before going to the New York for a game against the Giants and then they come back home to take on Denver. The Titans have a great opportunity to start the season strongly. When you look at this matchup there is one HUGE thing to consider. The Raiders were 29th in the league against the run last season and if you can’t stop the run against the Titans you are done as Chris Johnson will run all over you.
Can the Raiders Cover? The Raiders are picked by many people to be improved this season, mainly because they have Jason Campbell at quarterback. There is no question he is a huge upgrade over JaMarcus Russell but this is still an Oakland team that has a weak running game and nondescript receivers. Can they score enough points to stay with Tennessee and cover the odds at the Sbg global sportsbook?
The Raiders are 1-4 against the NFL betting odds in their last 5 games in Week 1 while the Titans are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games in Week 1. The one positive for the Raiders is that they are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 meetings against Tennessee.