NFL Picks Week 13: Nov 29 – Dec 23

Photo courtesy of the Houston Texans









Last Week’s record 8-8, 114-63 year to date record

 Team and Location                                 Line                  Who will win

New Orleans at Atlanta


Saints will win 31-27

Seattle at Chicago


Bears will win 21-20

Minnesota at Green Bay


Packers will win 27-17

San Francisco at St. Louis


49’ers will win 24-10

Arizona at NY Jets


Jets will win 14-10

Carolina at Kansas City


Panthers will win 21-13

Indianapolis at Detroit


Lions will win 24-21

Jacksonville at Buffalo


Bills will win 17-14

New England at Miami


Patriots will win 24-21

Houston at Tennessee


      Texans will win 27-14

Tampa Bay at  Denver


Broncos will win 31-21

Pittsburgh at Baltimore


Ravens will win 21-10

Cleveland at Oakland      PK

Raiders will win 17-14

Cincinnati at San Diego


Chargers will win 14-10

Philadelphia at Dallas


Cowboys will win 34-21

NY Giants at Washington


Redskins will win 27-24


Terry Davis covers the Tennessee Titans for MemphiSport. Follow him @Terryd515.



NFL Picks Week 8: October 25-29

Last Week’s record 12-1, 68-37 year to date record









Team and Location                                  Line                   Who will win

Tampa Bay at Minnesota


Vikings will win 24-21

New England vs St Louis in London


Patriots will win 24-10

Indianapolis at Tennessee


Titans will win 17-14

Jacksonville at Green Bay


Packers will win 28-10

San Diego at Cleveland


Chargers will win 31-17

Atlanta at Philadelphia


Eagles will win 24-21

Seattle at Detroit


Lions will win 28-20

Miami at NY Jets


Jets will win 20-14

Carolina at Chicago


Bears will win 17-14

Washington at Pittsburgh


Steelers will win 27-24

Oakland at Kansas City


Raiders will win 24-10

NY Giants at Dallas


Cowboys will win 28-24

New Orleans at Denver


Broncos will win 31-28

San Francisco at Arizona


49’ers will win 28-10

Terry Davis covers the Tennessee Titans for MemphiSport. Follow him @Terryd515.



NFL Picks Week 7: October 18-22

Last Week’s record 7-7, 56-36 year to date record









Team and Location                       Line          Who will win

Seattle at San Francisco 


49’ers will win 34-28

Tennessee at Buffalo 


Bills will win 24-21

Arizona at Minnesota 


Vikings will win 17-14

Cleveland at Indianapolis           -2.5 Colts will win 24-10

Baltimore at Houston 


Texans will win 21-17

Green Bay at St. Louis 


Green Bay will win 34-14

Dallas at Carolina 


Cowboys will win 28-20

Washington at NY Giants 


Giants will win 31-28

New Orleans at Tampa Bay 


Saints will win 31-24

NY Jets at New England 


Patriots will win 31-21

Jacksonville at Oakland 


Raiders will win 24-10

Pittsburgh at Cincinnati 


Steelers will win 28-24

Detroit at Chicago 


Bears will win 31-28


Terry Davis covers the Tennessee Titans for MemphiSport. Follow him @Terryd515.

NFL Week 6 Picks: October 11 – 15


Last Week’s record: 11-3.  Year-to-date record: 49-29.

Team and Location                     Line          Who will win

Pittsburgh at Tennessee 


Steelers will win 34-21

St Louis at Miami 


Dolphins will win 24-17

Cincinnati at Cleveland 


Bengals will win 24-21

Kansas City at Tampa Bay           -4.0 Bucs will win 14-10

Detroit at Philadelphia 


Eagles will win 21-17

Oakland at Atlanta 


Falcons will win 34-14

Indianapolis at NY Jets 


Jets will win 24-20

Dallas at Baltimore 


Ravens will win 27-14

Buffalo at Arizona 


Cardinals will win 31-10

New England at Seattle 


Patriots will win 31-21

NY Giants at San Francisco 


49’ers will win 28-21

Minnesota at Washington 


Vikings will win 14-10

Green Bay at Houston 


Packers will win 28-24

Denver at San Diego 


Broncos will win 31-28


Terry Davis covers the Tennessee Titans for MemphiSport. Follow him @Terryd515.

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Game Preview: Vikings look to contain Titans

In the great words of Elvis “It’s now or never.” This is the theme the Tennessee Titans should be using this week.  Being 1-3 early in a season is not the kiss of death, but when you have best team in the league playing in the worst division in the league you have to stop the bleeding now.

Traveling to Minnesota to play the Vikings has not been good for the Titans.  They are only 1-6 in the last seven trips to the land of 10,000 lakes.  Matt Hasselbeck will lead the troops this week.  Hasselbeck is taking over the snaps for starter Jake Locker who was hurt in the first quarter in the Houston Texans game last week.  Locker’s injury to his left non-throwing shoulder is the second time this season that he has had this injury.

Chris Johnson showed some life against the Texans last week.  Johnson had his first 100 yards or more rushing game last week gaining 141 yards on 25 carries.  Going into the game Johnson had less than 75 total rushing yards in three combined games.  His resurgence will be needed against the Vikings.

Don’t expect the Titans to win many games this season with their defense.  They have given up over 30 points in every game played so far with a season high of points allowed in a 44-41 overtime win against the Detroit Lions.  Ranking 31st out of 32 teams in the NFL is not a good place to be for the Titans’ defense.  They are allowing 422 yards a game.

Christian Ponder the second year quarterback from Florida State leads the Vikings 3-1.  Many experts criticized the Vikings for selecting Ponder so high last year, but he is looking like a good pick this year.   Ponder is the only starting quarterback in the NFL without an interception on the season and ranks 8th in the NFL with a passer rating of 97.7.

Peterson missed the final few weeks of last season with a serious knee injury, but he is not showing any effects of that injury with his production this season.  Peterson has become the all-time leading rusher in Vikings’ history with 7,084 yards and has 332 rushing yards and 2 rushing touchdowns this season.  This is the sixth season for Peterson with the Vikings.

On the other hand, the Vikings are led by their defense.  Jared Allen has been a sack machine for the Vikings.  Allen had 22 sacks last season and has 2 sacks this season.  The defense of the Vikings is ranked eighth overall in total yards allowing only 314 yards per game in the NFL.   The Vikings are 1 of only 5 teams to not allow a rush of 20+ yards in 2012. The longest rush allowed by the Vikings is 15 yards.

Terry Davis covers Tennessee Titans football for MemphiSport. Follow him @Terryd515.

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Game Preview: Titans travel to Houston to face Texans

The Tennessee Titans and the Houston Texans will play the first of their two divisional games this weekend at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas. Coming in off one of the most exciting games in the franchise’s history, the 1-2 Titans  are looking to continue the winning streak.

The Titans have plenty to cheer about after the win over the Lions. The Titans face the Texans this weekend. Photo by Terry Davis

The Texans enter the game with a 3-0 for the first time in the franchise’s 10 year history.  The offense and defense for the Texans are the only team that are  ranked in the top ten.  The Texans offense is ranked 7th in the NFL with 395 yards per game and the defense is 2nd in the NFL only allowing 296 yards a game.

The defense of the Texans is led by JJ Watt the second year defensive lineman out of the University of Wisconsin.  Watt has earned the nickname of “JJ Swat” because of all of the passing he has been deflecting at the line of scrimmage.  Watt has already matched the total number of sacks he had last season of 5.5 in only three games this season.  The defense for the Titans has allowed over 30 points in every game this season.

Jake Locker the second year quarterback for the Titans had his best game as a pro and got his first win throwing for 378 yards and 2 touchdowns against the Lions.  Locker also leads the Titans in rushing with 79 yards.  Chris Johnson the former league leading rusher has not gotten on track this season.

The Titans and Texans split the series last season.  Each team won last year’s games on the road.  The Titans were originally based in Houston before relocating to Nashville.  The Titans lead the series   14-7 and are 3-7 at Reliant Stadium.

Arian Foster is the all-time leading rusher for the Texans with 3,391 yards.  Matt Schuab has been very consistent at quarterback this season and is not showing any effects of his season ending ankle injury from last season.  Schuab has thrown for 751 yards this season.  Locker has more passing yards with 781.  Locker has 4 touchdowns passes on the year and 2 interceptions.  Schaub has 5 touchdown passes and only 1 interception for the season.

Unlike last week’s OT classic, this week’s Titans game will air on Memphis television.

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Game Preview: Titans return home to face Lions


The Tennessee Titans return to the comforts of home this weekend to face the Detroit Lions.  The Titans will have to get their offense in gear if they want to savage their season.  Chris Johnson is the second leading rusher on the team behind quarterback Jake Locker.

Locker will be starting his third game at quarterback.  Kenny Brit played in his first game of the season last week after serving a one game suspension that was issued by the NFL for his conduct in the off season.   Brit only had 1 reception for five yards in the lost at San Diego last week.


Chris Johnson looks to run wild against the Lions. Photo courtesy of the Tennessee Titans.

The Titans enjoy a 3 game winning streak over the Lions and had a convincing win in the last meeting between the two clubs in 2008 47-10.  The Lions went winless in 2008.  A lot has changed in the past four years.  Matt Stafford , Ndamukong Suh and Calvin Johnson have been added to the roster and the Lions are looking to return to the playoffs.

Detroit is 1-1 on the season.  The Lions are coming into this game off of a Sunday night loss to the San Francisco 49’ers 27-19.  Lions quarterback Matt Stafford has been just averaged so far this season.  He has more interceptions 4 than touchdowns 2.  Calvin “Megatron” Johnson has 205 receiving yards and no touchdowns this season.

The Lions defense is led by Ndamukong Suh.  The Lions are the 10th best defense in allowing only 299.5 yards a game.  Suh is tied with Corey Williams with 2 sacks each to lead the team in sacks.    The Lions do not have any defensive interceptions on the season.

For the first time, the Titans will face a Lions team led by Jim Schwartz, a Titans assistant coach for 10 seasons (1999–2008) before becoming Detroit’s head coach in 2009.  From 2001 through 2008, Schwartz served as the team’s defensive coordinator.  He helped the Ti­tans make four playoff appearances during that time, including a pair of AFC South titles (2002 and 2008).

The Titans have a perfect opportunity to get back into the AFC South Divisional race.  The Houston Texans are undefeated at 2-0, but have a tough task when they travel to Denver to play the Broncos.  The Titans will travel next week to Houston to play the Texans.   A win over the Lions can right the ship for the Titans.  The game against the Lions will be played at L P Field in Nashville kickoff will be at 12 noon.  The Titans have been tough to beat at home.

Terry Davis covers Tennessee Titans  football for MemphiSport. Follow him @Terryd515.

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