Titans Enter Week 2 Preseason Matchup As Underdogs Against Tampa Bay Bucs

Posted on August 19, 2021

The Tennessee Titans hit the road this week to battle the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL.

Tennessee faces off against the defending Super Bowl champs on Saturday, Aug. 21 for this Week 2 preseason matchup, and sportsbooks suggest the Titans may struggle for a victory.

Titans Week 1 preseason recap

Week 1 of the NFL Preseason resulted in a 23-3 win for Tennessee against the Atlanta Falcons.

Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill, running back Derrick Henry, and wide receivers Julio Jones and A.J. Brown all kept to the sidelines for this matchup, allowing fellow players the opportunity to log some yardage.

Backup QBs Logan Woodside and Matt Barkley stepped in to guide the team, securing one touchdown a piece. Woodside completed 10 of 15 passes for a total of 84 yards, while Barkley completed five out of eight pass attempts for 54 yards.

After a touch-and-go experience last season with kicker Stephen Gostkowski, Tennessee’s special teams performed without issue in Week 1. That is, until kicker Tucker McCann suffered an injury during his second successful field goal attempt.

Although injury reports are not generally released for the preseason, McCann did sit out of Monday’s open practice session. This could create more room for backup kicker Sam Ficken to shine against the Bucs. Ficker recorded a 44-yard field goal and two extra point attempts against Atlanta.

The Buccaneers, on the other hand, didn’t fare as well during their preseason opener, losing 19-14 to the Cincinnati Bengals. QB Tom Brady saw especially limited playing time, completing two passes for nine yards before being sacked by the Bengals’ defense.

Given their recent success during Super Bowl LV, however, Tampa Bay remains the favorite in this upcoming matchup.

Tennessee vs. Tampa Bay odds

With only two games left of preseason play, Tennessee’s starters will likely begin to see more field time this week.

Head coach Mike Vrabel will have to find a healthy balance between allowing his stars to stretch their legs and giving backup players ample chance to prove themselves before making roster cuts.

However, that also means that Tampa Bay’s biggest assets might also see the field. The Buccaneers’ accomplished defense could make it difficult for Tennessee’s promising offense to rack up points.

If Bucs Head Coach Bruce Arians follows through with his current plan, though, he’ll be leaving his starters benched for another week.

Players confident in a Tennessee win can find the best moneyline odds at DraftKings and FanDuel, where the Titans have  odds of a second preseason victory.

Most Tennessee sportsbooks set the over/under at points.

Additional preseason Week 2 wagering options and promos

Along with traditional spread, moneyline, totals, and futures wagering, DraftKings also provides a Moneyline/Total option where bettors can wager on both the winner of the game and the over/under at the same time.

The total here is set to 34.5, creating slightly different odds than if a player were to generate their own same-game parlay for the wager.

BetMGM offers the widest selection of wagering options for this event, with markets including:

  • Spread
  • Total
  • Moneyline
  • Team to score first
  • Race to 10 points
  • Race to 20 points
  • Winning margin
  • Total score (odd or even)

BetMGM is also offering an NFL props promo, giving the Titans +190 odds of being the first team of the two to score 20 or more points.

The “King of Sportsbooks” also allows wagers on the game’s Winning Margin, giving Tennessee +320 odds of winning by 1 – 6 points.

Bettors can follow the action live this Saturday when kickoff begins at 7:30 p.m. EST.

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