Despite their four-game win streak, the Titans are opening up as notable road underdogs against the red-hot Rams in Week 9.
The Tennessee Titans are playing some awfully good football as of late, knocking off other top AFC contenders in the Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs in what’s turned into a four-game win streak, most recently including an impressive 34-31 overtime win over their AFC South division rivals, the Indianapolis Colts.
Division games are always tough regardless of the opponent, especially on the road. But if Tennessee wants to prove just how big a Super Bowl contender it is this season, going on the road and facing arguably the hottest team in the NFL right now, the Los Angeles Rams, would make a pretty large statement.
Especially with the Rams also having won four consecutive games, including a throttling of the Houston Texans in Week 8.
Yet this high-profile Sunday Night Football showdown between the Titans and Rams could wind up providing a context for Tennessee to pull off the upset, at least based on the early odds for this prime-time bout.
Titans vs. Rams odds Week 9
The oddsmakers over at WynnBET are opening up the bets for this Week 9 game and listing the Titans as an early six-point underdog.
It shouldn’t be too surprising, honestly, given home teams are usually awarded three points anyway, and the Rams are watching quarterback Matthew Stafford play some of the best football he’s enjoyed over his extensive career.
Despite the odds, however, Los Angeles entered Week 8’s blowout of the Texans allowing 4.4 yards per carry, which ranked 24th in the league and could potentially set up running back Derrick Henry for a true “takeover” game.
Tennessee’s moneyline for Week 9 is +215, while LA’s is -255.
The over/under suggests a high-scoring game at 54.0.
Titans vs. Rams prediction Week 9
Both teams being able to ride hot streaks, including wins over both good and bad teams, suggests this matchup should be a solid one. Neither the Titans nor Rams have suffered letdown “trap” losses after high-profile wins, and there’s probably an outsider’s chance these two squads could somehow meet up in the Super Bowl this February.
Perhaps head coach Matt Vrabel will want to make that statement now, especially with Henry likely to receive a heavy workload after the team has to travel all the way to the West Coast for a late-night game.
That’ll play a big factor, but Los Angeles’ own offense can do plenty of damage, too, so it wouldn’t be a shocker to see Week 9 turn into a pure offensive slugfest.
If this was a Tennessee home game, it’d be easy to predict a Titans’ fifth-straight victory.
Given it’s on the road, though, and the Rams are playing outstanding football, let’s go ahead and predict the Titans’ four-game losing streak comes to a close in a 33-28 loss with Tennessee at least covering.