Raiders vs. Titans NFL Week 1 Picks, Predictions & Vegas Betting Odds: Two AFC foes battle in NFL picks week 1 matchup as the Oakland Raiders travel cross-country to meet the Tennessee Titans in Nashville. Vegas odds makers have placed the Titans as 7-point NFL picks favorites at home. The Raiders were 4-4 against the NFL picks point spread (ATS) as road underdogs in 2009, while Titans had trouble covering with 3-5 NFL picks record ATS. The two teams have not faced-off in a NFL picks matchup since 2007.
The Titans are looking to start fast for the 2010 NFL picks season after coming out of the gates at 0-6 in 2009. Speaking of fast, running back Chris Johnson is fast. The Raiders gave-up an average of 155 yards per NFL picks match-up on the ground so look for a steady diet of the speedy back. Johnson gained over 2,500 yards from scrimmage and is deadly on swing passes and tosses. Vince Young established himself as the quarterback during the second half of the 2009 NFL picks season and hopes to continue that momentum in 2010. Oakland was solid against the pass in 2009, especially with cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, and the Titans struggled at times getting vertical. If the Raiders somehow find a way to contain Johnson, maybe shadowing him with speedy LB Thomas Howard, Tennessee could struggle to score points. Kenny Britt, their leading receiver, could be a key. The Titans, though, possess one of the best kickers in the game in Rob Bironas and his leg could be needed in this week 1 NFL picks matchup.
For the Raiders, gone is quarterback JaMarcus Russell, the poster boy for the Raiders struggles, and in arrives Jason Campbell. Campbell, a refugee from the Washington Redskins, can manage a game. He rarely gets intercepted but cannot be counted on making big plays either. The Raiders like to spring tight end Zach Miller down the middle and receivers Louis Murphy and Chaz Schilens are emerging talents. Last year’s #1 pick, Darrius Heyward-Bay struggled but he could be an impact player. The Raiders have struggled to find a running game, barely averaging 100 yards in 2009, and that is bad news against a stout Tennessee front seven. The Titans, though, struggled mightily against the pass, though, finishing 31st in the NFL. The secondary returns intact and they’ll need to improve right away. Campbell will take his shots against this group, with Murphy or Heyward-Bay going deep. Miller vs. safety Chris Hope is also a good battle to watch.
In the end, this match-up comes down to the Raiders containing Chris Johnson. If CJ gains 150+ yards and gets loose for a few TDs, the rout will be on, otherwise, the Raiders have an excellent chance of beating the Vegas odds.
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