The New Orleans Saints hit the road for Nashville this weekend, facing off against the Tennessee Titans, who are in first place in the entire AFC. These two normally wouldn’t be meeting in 2021 but the extra regular-season game has given them a matchup that we typically wouldn’t see.
As of now, the Titans are favored by three points over New Orleans, which isn’t surprising considering they’re the home team and one of the hottest teams in the league right now. That’s saying something too because Tennessee could be without Derrick Henry for the rest of the season and that’s usually the guy doing everything for them on the offensive side of the ball.
With all of this said, how do the experts predict Saints vs Titans will play out on Sunday? Let’s take a look.
Saints vs Titans Expert Picks
- Mike Triplett (ESPN) – Saints 23, Titans 24
- Turron Davenport (ESPN) – Saints 17, Titans 24
- Will Brinson (CBS Sports) – Saints 21, Titans 17
- Bleacher Report – Titans 24, Saints 20
So, there you have it — This week’s picks by the experts around the web.
Props to Brinson, who has the Saints eeking out a win over the favored Titans. I can’t say that I blame people for picking Tennessee, though, as they look like the better team as of now. New Orleans can barely move the football and it’s going to be hard to win games when the offense can’t score points.
Oh, and did I mention that Alvin Kamara might not be suiting up for this one? Just as the Titans rely heavily on Henry on offense, the Saints need Kamara because their offense typically goes as he goes. Not having him would be brutal.
If New Orleans is going to win these kinds of games, it’ll be on the back of their defense. Their defense is really freaking good and they won’t be tasked with stopping Derrick Henry, but the Rams — who also have a good defense — were smoked by this very same Titans squad.
I do think this game will be close throughout but the Titans are red-hot right now so it wouldn’t surprise me if they breakaway late in the game and end up making this look like more of a blowout than it actually was.