The Tennessee Titans, and everybody, for that matter, that likes football and/or online NFL betting, also likes Mondays. In your face, Garfield! You too, Sir Bob Geldof. “(I’ve) been in a lot of these games, coaching and playing, and yeah, I think it is. It’s a fun atmosphere, really fun atmosphere,” head coach Mike Mularkey said. as it turns out, though, the Titans’ clash with the Indy Colts will be the former’s first Monday night game since 2014, which, in turn, means it will be starting QB Marcus Mariota’s first ever MNF experience that is not limited to watching… if, that is, he does get to play.
— Tennessee Titans (@Titans) October 12, 2017
- Date: Monday, 16th October
- Time: 8:35 PM
- Venue: Nissan Stadium
- NFL betting online sportsbook odds:
Colts +7 (-105) 48 (-110) +271
Titans -7 (-115) 48 (-110) -335
“Growing up, it was a dream of mine to play on Monday night, and hopefully I get that opportunity and go out there and try to make the most of it,” Mariota, who injured his hamstring in week 4 against the Texans and missed the Dolphins game in week 5, said. The Titans went on to lose and fail to cover in both games, and allowed Houston 57 points to boot. Tennessee is, if nothing else, consistent; whether they win or lose, it’s always SU as well as ATS – they are 3-2 straight-up and against-the-online NFL betting spread this season. But if we were to back up a little to get a look at a larger picture, we’d find that the Titans are 9-23 SU in their last 32 home games, 5-0 ATS in their last five Monday games, 16-39-3 ATS in their last 58 overall, 8-22-2 ATS in their last 32 at home, and 13-36-3 ATS in their last 52 playing AFC South teams.
Mariota has not, mind you, been ruled out of Monday’s game – as has the Colts’ Andrew Luck – but he has not been confirmed either. Malarkey would like, though pleased with the QB’s progress, to see more before making a decision. “He did more today [on Thursday’s practice],” Coach Mularkey said. “And I think it was positive, what he did. We’ll just have to see how it feels in the morning after what he did today. But he did a little bit more than (Wednesday). … He threw some balls, and did some more.” It would be, otherwise, up to Matt Cassel, who completed 21-of-32 passes for 141 yards against Miami, with a touchdown and no picks, and who was sacked six times, to start under center.
Speaking of Miami, the total went under, against the Dolphins, in a Titans game since the regular season opener versus the Raiders. The total has, furthermore, gone over in 12 of Tennessee’s last 18 games, eight of the Titans’ last 12 games at home, four of their last 6 games when playing Indianapolis, but under in 16 of Tennessee’s last 24 games when playing the Colts. Should Mariota miss Monday’s game, neither the Titans with Cassel nor the Colts with Jacoby Brissett have enough firepower for the total to go over on this one.