Detroit Lions Vs Tennessee Titans: Betting Odds, Preview And Prediction

INDIANAPOLIS - FILE: Chris Johnson #28 of the Tennessee Titans runs for a touchdown during NFL game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on January 2, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. According to reports on September 1, 2011 Johnson and the Titans have agreed to a four year extension for $53 million. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Detroit is 0-6 ATS in its past six road contests and lays just 3.5 points against a Tennessee team that has looked pathetic through two weeks. Is this the best bet on the Week 3 NFL board?

The Tennessee Titans will be looking for their first win of the season when they host the Detroit Lions, a team that is looking to reverse an ugly 1-8 ATS run in nine recent games.

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The Titans opened as 3.5-point home underdogs, according to the betting odds for Week 3 at most online shops, as they look to snap an 0-2 ATS mark on the season.

If trends continue, this is the spot for Tennessee to do it. Detroit is 0-6 ATS in its past six road games. And the OVER is also seeing considerable action, given Detroit's penchant for road scoring (10-1-2 in their past 13 road games).

So far, so bad for the Tennessee Titans. After a bad home opener as a 5-point underdog in a 34-13 loss to the New England Patriots, the Titans didn't fare much better on the road against San Diego in a 38-10 loss as a 6-point underdog.

Perhaps the biggest concern for Tennessee is the abysmal play of running back Chris Johnson. Expected to be the star of the offense, Johnson has just 21 rushing yards on 19 carries. He, and the defense, need to get their games together in a hurry.

Detroit is also off to a rocky start with an 0-2 ATS record, but the Lions managed to eke out a win in Week One against the St. Louis Rams. Detroit's offense has also been in a rut to start the season with three turnovers in Week One and only one offensive touchdown in Week Two.

With Matthew Stafford at the helm and Calvin Johnson lined up at wide receiver, much more is expected out of this passing game.

This one is extremely tough to call. We haven't seen much out of either team this year, and both have been awful at covering spreads of late. Detroit is just 1-8 ATS in its last nine games while Tennessee is 0-6 ATS over its last six games.

Historically, Tennessee has won three straight games against the Lions, but these two teams haven't played since 2008.

In a game that could go either way, Detroit has at least shown some signs of life this season with the win over St. Louis and the solid defensive performance against San Francisco. The Titans have looked consistently bad on both sides of the ball all year, and we'll go against them until they show us otherwise.

PICK: Detroit -3.5 (courtesy of

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