The New Orleans Saints are trying to play their way to the No. 1 overall seed in the NFC, while the Tennessee Titans are just trying to play their way into the playoffs in the AFC. These two teams will meet up in Nashville, Tenn., on Sunday in a game that will have huge playoff implications.
New Orleans comes into this game with a record of 11-3, and it has been playing some great football of late. The Saints have won four of their last five games, and they are picking up steam at just the right time.
Tennessee comes into this game with a record of 8-6, and it can’t afford another loss. The Titans missed out on a chance to take over the AFC South lead with a loss in Week 15. The Saints are 2.5-point favorites over the Titans on Sunday, making Tennessee a home underdog.
Saints Want To Throw It
The Saints still have Drew Brees under center, and they will try to throw their way to victory in this game. Brees has thrown 21 touchdown passes this season, and his top target is once again Michael Thomas.
Thomas leads the NFL with 133 receptions, and he should find some room against the Titans secondary. Running the ball is important for the Saints as well, but Brees has the ability to carry this team.
Defensive end Cameron Jordan leads the Saints with 13.5 sacks so far this season, and he should get some sacks in this game. The Saints are giving up over 21 points per game, but those numbers are inflated with a couple of bad performances.
New Orleans doesn’t have to be perfect on defense, but it can’t afford a bad game. The Saints will look to contain Derrick Henry in this game.
Titans Need Defense To Win
The Titans are giving up less than 20 points per game this season, and they will need to be great in this game. Tennessee has racked up 36 sacks so far this season, and getting pressure on Brees has to be a key in this game.
The Titans held the explosive Houston Texans to just 24 points in Week 15, and they need a repeat of that performance.
Tennessee has had a much better offense since Ryan Tannehill took over the starting quarterback job. The Titans are now averaging more than 24 points per game, and they will need some points in this game. Henry is one of the best running backs in the league, and the Titans average over 130 rushing yards per game.
Saints Pick Up Impressive Road Win
Both of these teams could really use a win in this game, but it’s going to be the Saints that get one. New Orleans has one of the most explosive offenses in the NFL, and quarterback Brees has been playing extremely well of late.
The Titans are going to use their running game to keep this one close, but their defense just won’t get enough stops. Bet the New Orleans Saints -2.5 over the Tennessee Titans in this huge Week 16 showdown.