Last Updated on September 14, 2020
The Tennessee Titans and Denver Broncos will wrap up Week 1 of the 2020 NFL betting season on Monday Night Football. They will be the second game in a Monday Night Football doubleheader that features the New York Giants and Pittsburgh Steelers in the early game.
Here is part two of your Action Rush Monday Night Football betting guide complete with odds, picks, predictions, and everything you could want to know about Titans vs. Broncos.
Titans – Broncos MNF Betting Odds
The Titans are favored in what oddsmakers project to be a low-scoring game. That makes sense given Tennessee’s tendency to run the ball and Denver’s solid defense.
With that said, these NFL lines could move before Monday. News broke on Wednesday morning that Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller is likely done for the season with a dislocated peroneal tendon in his ankle. That means there is a legitimate possibility that this line continues moving in Tennessee’s favor. Additionally, the over is looking much more enticing with Denver missing their best defender.
MNF Preview & Betting Angles
The Titans were a surprising contender in the AFC last season. Tennessee upset the New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens en route to the AFC Championship Game last season. Unfortunately, they ran into a juggernaut in the Kansas City Chiefs, but they certainly made their mark.
Derrick Henry led the NFL in rushing yards with 1,540 last season and we’re expecting to see a lot more of him in 2020. Head coach Mike Vrabel loves to run the football and control time of possession. The Titans don’t seem to care much about winning with style. They are much more content to punch you in the mouth and ask questions later.
The Broncos are pinning their hopes on second-year quarterback Drew Lock. The Missouri product has a big frame and an NFL arm. He led the Broncos to a 4-1 finish over the course of the final five games of the season and there is optimism in Denver that he’s the future of the franchise.
Despite the winning record, Lock only averaged about 200 yards through the air per game in his five starts. We might not be completely ready to buy into him as the guy who can take Denver to the next level, but the Titans were susceptible against the pass last season. In 2019 they ranked 24th in pass yards per game and lost one of their best defensive backs, Logan Ryan, in the offseason.
If there’s a team that Lock can light it up against, it might be Tennessee. Then again, without a preseason to ramp up to game speed, it’s tough to know what to expect from the young quarterback. The total points are set to 40.5 on some sportsbooks which is an incredibly low number.
Who is the public betting on?
Road chalk is getting hit hard for both MNF games here in week 1. The Titans are seeing 72% of the spread bets vs. the Broncos tonight, while the Steelers are well over 80% of the bets. The over is seeing 68% of the action tonight for the Titans-Broncos matchup as well.
Titans (-3) vs. Broncos at FanDuel Sportsbook
– 72% of spread bets and 72% of money on the Titans
– Moneyline: 56% of bets and 47% of money on Denver
– 68% of bets and 63% of money on the Over (40.5)
— Jason Ziernicki 🎲🏈➡️💰 (@jziernick) September 14, 2020
Titans vs. Broncos Historical Matchup
The Titans lead the overall matchup 23-18-1. However, they were a disaster in their game against the Broncos last season. They were shut out by Denver and lost 16-0, but that was the turning point in the season for Tennessee. They officially made the move from Marcus Mariota to Ryan Tannehill and went on a deep run into the playoffs.
Monday night will mark the second time that Vic Fangio and Mike Vrabel will meet as head coaches. Fangio and the Broncos are hoping that last year was no fluke.
Watch Titans – Broncos Monday Night
Just like every other Monday Night Football game, you can watch this on ESPN or through the ESPN app. Since Titans vs. Broncos is the second game of a Week 1 doubleheader, kick off is set for 10:10 p.m. ET. This game will conclude the NFL’s Week 1 slate of games.
The new Monday Night Football broadcast crew will call this game. Steve Levy will be on play-by-play with Louis Riddick and former Broncos quarterback Brian Griese providing analysis. The trio is replacing Joe Tessitore and Booger McFarland after the duo received poor reviews from fans and media alike.
Betting Picks & Score Prediction
One of the themes for every Week 1 game is uncertainty. It’s tough to predict who will be ready to hit the ground running and who might need a few weeks to get up to speed. For this reason alone, the under looks like a good play. Add in the fact that the Broncos have a young quarterback and the Titans favor a ground-based, ball-possession style of play, and the under on total points is the move in this game.
The best you can find the under right now is 41.5, but it wouldn’t be the worst idea in the world to buy a couple of points to push this up to 43.5. You won’t get as good of a price on it, but you’ll have a little more breathing room.
Final score prediction: Titans win 20-17