The story of the rivarly of the Tennessee Titans and Tampa Bay Buccaneers is one of Tennessee waltzing past Tampa Bay. In regular-season play, the Titans have won seven of eight from the Bucs and own a 5-1 edge against the spread in the past six games. Since moving from Houston to Tennessee, the Titans are 5-1 straight up in meetings with Tampa Bay. In preseason play, Tennessee has won two straight from the Buccaneers.
Take things back a bit further and the news is not so good for the Buccaneers. In preseason play, Tampa Bay has won four of the last six games, and they hold a 6-3 edge in the all-time series. The Bucs won two of four road games from the Titans. It’s a series that’s really had two separate lives. From 1980-89, the Buccaneers and Houston Oilers, Tennessee’s previous life as an NFL franchise, played six times, with Tampa Bay winning five of the six games. Since 2005 the Titans and Bucs have played three times and it’s 2-1 Titans.
Points Galore – Historically, the Tennessee-Tampa Bay series has proven to be one where the scoreboard operator is kept busy, and that fact holds true in both the regular season and preseason. The total has been 40 points or better in five of nine preseason contests between the two teams, and only three games have gone below 37, but interestingly, three of them were games in which the Titans were the home team, though the average total in the past two preseason games was 42 points.
In the regular season, the total has exceeded 40 points in five of the last six Tennessee-Tampa Bay showdowns. But that one that went way under was the lone regular-season game played at Tennessee, a 13-10 Tampa Bay victory in 2005. In fact, in four of the five preseason or regular-season games played with the Titans as the home team in this series, the total has gone under 30. But the average total for the past six Titans-Buccaneers regular-season games was 46.1 points.
Lack Of MVP Love – If you think Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota or Jameis Winston, his counterpart with the Buccaneers, are MVP worthy, the good news is that should you be right in your assumption, you will be on your way to a hefty payday. Bovada doesn’t give either QB much of a chance of copping the award. Mariota is listed at +4000, while Winston, who will sit out three games to start the season due to an NFL suspension, is even higher at +5000.
Postseason Possibilities – Bovada is offering odds of +170 that the Titans, an AFC wildcard team last season, will repeat as postseason participants in 2018. You’ll get odds of -210 on the Titans failing to make the playoffs. As for the Buccaneers, if you think they will be a playoff team for the first time since 2007, that will pay off handsomely at odds of +450 should you be proven correct. On the other hand, the odds that the playoffs will once again elude Tampa Bay in the tough NFC South Division are -650.
Is The Clock Ticking? – The Buccaneers posted a 9-7 record in 2016, Dirk Koetter’s first as head coach in Tampa Bay, and it was the first winning season completed by the team since 2010. But last season the Bucs reverted to form, going 5-11, the fourth time in five years that they’d suffered double digits in losses. The spotlight will be on Koetter in Year Three, and Betway believes that the pressure is on the Tampa Bay coach. At +1200, he’s the fifth betting choice in their prop wager on which NFL coach will be fired first in 2018.
Bama Backer – Titans rookie Rashaan Evans is eighth Alabama linebacker to go in the first two rounds of the NFL Draft since Nick Saban took over as coach of the Crimson Tide. He’s shown the ability to be able to play in he middle or the outside in college. That versatility certainly makes him a valuable asset as an NFLer, and led Betway to make Evans one of the top contenders in their NFL defensive rookie of the year prop wager. Evans is listed as the fifth choice in the betting at +1000.
Player Performance – You will find a series of NFL player performance prop bets for the upcoming season on offer at BetOnline. For instance, Buccaneers wide receiver Michael Evans is given five as his total touchdown receptions for 2018. The over is set at -120 and the under wager has odds of -110. You can also bet on the total receiving yards for Evans this season, based on a total of 1100. You’ll get odds of -115 whether you play the over or the under. Evans caught five TD passes and went for 1001 yards in 2017.
For Titans running back Derrick Henry, his total rushing yards for 2018 is set at 875. Over is worth -135 and under will get you +105. As for rushing TDs, BetOnline puts the total on Henry at seven. An over wager is valued at odds of -115, while the under play will also garner you odds of -115. Henry ran for 744 yards and five TDs last season.
You will find three separate player performance prop bets available regarding Mariota’s 2018 output. His TD passes are set at 21.5. Play the over at -120, or go with the under for -110. Mariota’s interception total is posted at 16.5. The over here is worth -125 and the odds on the under are -105. Finally, the total for Mariota’s passing yardage is pegged at 3450. You’ll get odds of -125 on the over and -105 on the under wager.
Mariota threw 13 touchdown passes in 2017, but he was picked off 15 times. He finished the season with 3232 in passing yardage. Both his yardage (3426) and TD passes (26) were down from 2016, while his interceptions increased signficantly from the nine he threw two years ago. If you are planning to play these wagers, you must first determine which version of Mariota you expect to arrive in 2018.