Titans vs. Falcons odds, picks: 2021 NFL preseason Week 1 predictions, best bets from expert on 20-7 run


Teams that pulled off a blockbuster trade in the offseason meet up Friday in Week 1 of the 2021 NFL preseason when the Tennessee Titans travel to Mercedes-Benz Stadium to take on the Atlanta Falcons. Atlanta sent franchise legend Julio Jones to Tennessee in exchange for draft picks earlier in the summer. Jones has been a limited participant in training camp as the Titans have been cautious with the veteran star, so he likely won’t be a factor in this matchup. But there are still plenty of other ties between the teams, including new Falcons head coach Arthur Smith, who came to Atlanta after serving as the offensive coordinator for the Titans.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. ET. The latest Titans vs. Falcons odds from Caesars Sportsbook list Atlanta as a one-point favorite. The over-under for total points is set at 38. Before locking in any Falcons vs. Titans picks, be sure to see the NFL predictions and betting advice from SportsLine’s Larry Hartstein

The SportsLine senior analyst and Early Edge podcast regular enters the the 2021 season 351-291 all-time on NFL sides (plus $2,212), including a 326-280 ATS mark. He’s especially dialed-in on Tennessee, entering this matchup on a 20-7 roll on Titans picks against the spread, returning over $1,200 on those NFL picks alone. Anyone who has followed him is way up.

Now, Hartstein has locked in on Titans vs. Falcons from every angle and released a confident against-the-spread pick for their 2021 NFL exhibition game. You can visit SportsLine now to get this pick. Here are several NFL odds and bettings trends for Falcons vs. Titans:

  • Titans vs. Falcons spread: Atlanta -1
  • Titans vs. Falcons over-under: 38 points 
  • Titans vs. Falcons money line: Atlanta -120, Tennessee +100
  • TEN: The Titans were 7-10 against the spread last season 
  • ATL: The Falcons were 7-9 against the spread last season 

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Why the Titans can cover

Quarterback Ryan Tannehill isn’t expected to play, but the Titans have an intriguing backup quarterback battle unfolding between Logan Woodside and Matt Barkley. Barkley was recently signed as he enters his ninth year in the league, primarily as a journeyman backup. Woodside has the experience edge in this offense after serving as Tannehill’s backup in 2020. Look for a heavy dose of backup running back Darrynton Evans, who will start on Friday. The third-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft battled injuries as a rookie. He is a burner, however, who could give this offense a nice jolt as a complimentary option to Derrick Henry.

Defensively, the Titans should be focused after this area was a big weakness in 2020. Assistant Shane Bowen was formally promoted to defensive coordinator and the staff also added longtime NFL defensive coordinator and former Lions head coach Jim Schwartz as an assistant on that side of the ball. 

Why the Falcons can cover

Smith knows Tennessee’s roster well and he’ll be eager to make a strong first impression as a first-time head coach in Atlanta. He helped create one of the NFL’s most explosive offenses in Tennessee. Now he’ll be looking to rebuild an Atlanta squad that moved on from Jones and some other veterans pieces in the offseason. 

Atlanta picked tight end Kyle Pitts No. 4 overall in the 2021 NFL Draft to help lead the resurgence. There’s a chance Pitts could play on Friday, though the Falcons haven’t confirmed their plans for him yet. Quarterback Matt Ryan likely won’t play, but Atlanta can feel good about veteran AJ McCarron guiding the offense. Undrafted free agent quarterback Feleipe Franks out of Arkansas has a big arm and has drawn positive reviews in training camp. 

How to make Falcons vs. Titans picks

Hartstein has analyzed this matchup and we can tell you he’s leaning under on the total. He has also discovered a critical X-factor that has him jumping all over one side of the spread. You can only get Hartstein’s expert NFL picks at SportsLine.

Who wins Titans vs. Falcons? And which critical X-factor makes one side of the spread hit hard? Visit SportsLine now to see Larry Hartstein’s Falcons vs. Titans picks, all from the NFL expert on a 20-7 roll on picks involving Tennessee, and find out.


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