Los Angeles Rams vs. Tennessee Titans NFL Week 9 SNF Betting Odds, Expert Picks, and Preview
Although the clash between the Tennessee Titans and the Los Angeles Rams reckons to be (on paper) a clash of the best of the best in the AFC and the NFC, the markets don’t exactly tip it accordingly. As things currently stand, the Rams are spotting the Titans more than a touchdown across the NFL odds board.
This raises the question: Are the Titans being unfairly underrated at the expense of the Rams? The resounding answer: most definitely, they are.
Let’s face it, the Rams became the vogue pick after Sean McVay sent seismic shockwaves through NFL betting circles by trading for Matthew Stafford from the Detroit Lions in exchange for Jared Goff. A solid 7-1 start to the season only validated that trade and the LA Rams’ championship credentials. And this week, the Rams acquired Von Miller from the Denver Broncos; thus, underscoring their “win-now” intentions further.
Los Angeles Rams vs. Tennessee Titans Week 9 NFL Betting Odds, Picks, and Preview
Tennessee Titans: (6-2-0 SU, 6-2-0 ATS) Los Angeles Rams: (7-1-0 SU, 4-4-0 ATS)
Date: Sunday, November 6. 2021
Start Time: 8:20 PM EST
Location: SoFi Stadium, Inglewood
TV Coverage: NBC
Tennessee Titans Preview
The Titans are coming off a pivotal 34-31 win over the Indianapolis Colts in Week 8, coming through as the 3-point road underdogs for their backers. Tennessee’s win marked a divisional series sweep over Indianapolis that lifted the Titans to 6-2 and to the top of the AFC South.
Before beating the Colts, the Titans served up signature wins over AFC heavyweights, the Buffalo Bills, and the Kansas City Chiefs. Additionally, the Titans’ 6-2 record represents the best record in the AFC right now, which means that if the season ended today, the Titans would be the conference’s No.1 seed in the playoffs.
On the downside, the Titans lost Derrick Henry for an indeterminate period of time to a foot injury. Henry injured his foot during the Colts game, although he played through it. Early prognosis has Henry missing at least the regular season, but that is only an estimate. Henry’s return will depend on many factors, including the success of the surgery and how quickly he can recover from it.
It’s worth noting here that Henry was rendered a moot point as the Colts held the star running back to less than 70 yards and zero touchdowns. It was his lowest output since facing the Cardinals in Week 1 (58 rushing yards and no touchdowns). In spite of Henry’s ineffectiveness, the Titans nevertheless won the game as Tannehill rallied his side from a 14-point deficit to clinch the 34-31 win in overtime.
Los Angeles Rams Preview
McVay is mortgaging Los Angeles’ future for its present, leaving no doubt about his ambitions to win Super Bowl 56. So far, so good as the Rams are 7-1 – level with the Arizona Cardinals in the NFC West – and on the right path to their desired destination.
McVay’s moves are paying dividends, delivering one of the best starts to a campaign in his tenure. But it’s worth noting that the Rams have had a favorable schedule. Through the first eight games, the Rams have only faced two teams with winning records – the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Arizona Cardinals. They beat the Bucs but lost to the Cards. The rest of their schedule has seen them square up to the Bears, Colts, Seahawks, Giants, Lions, and Texans – all teams that are under .500 (or were at the time of their meeting).
Rams vs. Titans SNF Betting Odds and Line Movement
|Team||Moneyline||ML Implied Win Probability||Spread||Total|
|Titans||+290||25.6%||+7 (+105)||O 54.5 (-110)|
|Rams||_320||76.2%||-7 (-110)||U 54.5 (-110)|
The lines and odds for this game are all over the shop, experiencing some of the biggest moves this week. Lookahead lines tipped the Rams as the 4.5-point home chalk before Week 8, but the line re-opened Sunday with the Rams at -6 after Henry’s foot injury came to light. The line quickly jumped up to 7.5 as the extent of Henry’s injury became known. The Von Miller trade also factored in. Conversely, the game total opened on 54 points but trimmed down to 53.5 points in the ensuing days.
Rams vs. Titans SNF Betting Predictions and Picks
Losing Henry is without a doubt a big blow to Mike Vrabel’s side. The star running back totted up a league-leading 937 yards and ten touchdowns through eight games, and he was on course to become the first player to crack 2000 rushing yards in a season. And yet, without undervaluing Henry’s absence, the team has taken steps to address the void Henry leaves behind by signing former MVP, Adrian Peterson.
Peterson hasn’t played since he was released by the Detroit Lions last season, but the veteran running back’s reputation precedes him. He’s a consummate professional, an incredible athlete, and a fierce competitor. It would be extremely surprising if he wasn’t in top form or fighting ready.
Henry makes the Titans better, but without him, they’re still a darn good team. So, it’s really surprising to see how low their stock is in the market. Oddsmakers aren’t given the Titans much of a chance while the public is betting up the Rams (almost 70% of early betting is going towards the Rams).
Under any other circumstance, the Titans would never be catching this many points, and that makes the Titans an attractive bet as the 7.5-point underdogs. Put it this way, it’s almost double the lookahead line, which underscores the value. Some shops are showing Titans +8, so grab the Titans at the higher number if you can before buyback forces the line down again. Keep in mind, aside from Henry’s absence, this is still the same team that beat the Bills and Chiefs, and that currently sits first in the AFC.