We are just three days away from Tennessee Titans action, and if you’re anything like me, you are just excited football is back. The Titans face the Denver Broncos on the road late Monday Night, and things have taken a wild turn for both teams since I’ve last done my predictions.
Brief recap, Von Miller might miss the entire season due to injury. It is 100% certain he will miss week one, though. Bradley Chubb isn’t 100% and will be on a snap count. Finally, news broke on Thursday evening that receiver Courtland Sutton went down with an injury in practice.
Broncos’ WR Courtland Sutton is undergoing an MRI on the shoulder that he injured during practice today, per source. Sutton left practice after the injury, didn’t return and is now being examined to determined the severity of the injury.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 10, 2020
On the flip side, the Titans added Jadeveon Clowney to their defense. An addition like that for sure elevates the Titans from mediocre status on defense to maybe top ten. The Titans seem to be heading into week one mostly healthy.
Now there’s excitement in the air in Nashville. The Titans have their best team on paper since arguably 2008, if not 1999. There is reason for excitement, and the expectations are at an all-time high.
I’ve previously predicted the Tennessee Titans and Denver Broncos as a high-scoring affair, with more than 70 points scored in the game combined. That was more of a bold prediction, but it was based off the fact that there were no preseason games, and things may be sloppy.
With that in mind, week one, which is usually a sloppy week for some teams, may not be what we all are used to when it comes to a normal football game. Titans fans are expecting the norm for Tennessee: Big night for Henry, big night for A.J., or the Titans slaughtering the Broncos.
While those things may happen, don’t be shocked if an unfamiliar name steps up on Monday night instead. No preseason means the only thing coaches and players have to look at is film from the previous season.
Both teams are dealing with these unusual circumstances, so the Titans will be affected by it as well on Monday night. But, there are a couple of guys on the Titans roster I feel could have a big night on Monday because of it.
Darrynton Evans will be used kind of like the Titans used former running back Dion Lewis, however Lewis did not play that role very well, but I believe Evans will.
Mike Vrabel knows the only footage Denver has of Evans is in college when he was playing for Appalachian State. Vrabel is a smart coach, so he will use that to his advantage.
This isn’t saying Derrick Henry won’t have a big night, he very well might. But, Evans may play a big role in the receiving game out of the backfield for Ryan Tannehill and the Titans, and give them hope that they’ve finally found their guy behind Henry.
Let me note, though, that I am aware of Evans being limited during training camp and Thursday’s practice due to injury. So there is a chance he could be limited or even out of the lineup on Monday.
I’ve already shared my opinion on Raymond before, but this is different. Let me start by saying that because I believe Henry AND Evans will have a big night, it wouldn’t make sense for me to say Raymond will too. That just seems unrealistic.
However, I think he will have a decent night on offense and a big night on special teams. I don’t think Raymond will return several punts and kicks for touchdowns, but I do think he will have a decent night in doing so.
I’m calling it now, he will have two touchdowns on Monday night: one punt return, one offensively. When he’s not returning a kick for a touchdown, he’ll be setting the Titans up in great field position.
Special teams is a critical part of the game, and I believe special teams will be sloppy on Monday Night. However, Raymond will shine, and it’ll directly affect the Titans offense in a good way.
I’ve already predicted a big night offensively for Tennessee, so if these two come true as well, then Monday night will be fun to watch. Let’s hope the Tennessee Titans can live up to the hype right out of the gate, because Titans fans are hungry for a championship.
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