Week 9 features a matchup where the St. Louis Rams (3-5) will host the Tennessee Titans (3-4). Covers.com has the early lines set with the Titans as a three-point favorite. The over-under has been set at 39.5. That indicates a 20-17 or 23-20ish type of contest.
Both teams are in desperate need of ending losing streaks that, if they continue into Sunday, may doom them in their conference’s wild-card races. While the Titans are coming off a bye week, the Rams are coming off a Monday Night Football game against one of the NFL’s most physical teams. Complicating matters is that the Rams are starting No. 2 quarterback Kellen Clemens. He’ll make his second start in replace of Sam Bradford, who tore his ACL during a Week 7 game.
Here’s a game where the Titans should win, however, they should’ve won coming off their bye week last year when they faced the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jaguars managed to get their second and final win of the 2012-13 NFL season. That Week 12 game was the last time that Jacksonville tasted victory.
Can the Titans end their three-game losing streak? It doesn’t appear as simple following the Rams’ near upset of the Seattle Seahawks. The Rams were within one yard of changing their 14-9 loss into one of the NFL’s biggest upsets of the decade. While many people consider Seattle as the NFC’s Super Bowl favorite, the Rams out-gained them in total yardage, 339-135. They out-gained them in total first downs, 23-7. They had seven sacks on Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.
Titans fans know better than anyone that a Jeff Fisher-coached team loves to show up for these types of slug fests. Don’t expect this to come easy.