The Tennessee Titans host the Oakland Raiders in what is expected to be one of the higher-scoring games in Week 1 of the 2017 NFL Season. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:00 EST at Nissan Stadium and will be televised on CBS.

Looking to get some action on this game? Right now our Week 1 NFL odds show the Titans are currently a 1.5 point home favorite with the total at 51. That’s tied with the Falcons/Bears (51) as the highest total heading into Week 1 action.

Raiders vs Titans Vegas NFL Preview & Betting Lines

Both of these teams begin the 2017 NFL Season with a lot of hype to live up to. Last year, the Raiders were having a dream 12-2 season heading into a Week 16 match-up with the Indianapolis Colts. As Raiders fans know all too well, star QB David Carr shattered his leg and missed the remainder of the season. Oakland, who looked like a strong contender to represent the NFC in the Superbowl, limped into the post-season before losing to the Texans in the Wild Card game 27-14.

A 100% healthy Carr returns to lead a fairly potent Raiders offense that added RB Marshawn Lynch. Lynch decided to come out of a brief one-year retirement to play for his hometown team and, if healthy, should have a fantastic season. Cooper and Crabtree return as Carr’s top receiving options, after each posting 1,000+ yard seasons in 2016.  John Pagano joins the coaching staff and will assist Defensive Coordinator Ken Norton Jr. in shoring up the defense – this Oakland unit finished 26th in the league under Norton’s guidance in 2016 and will need to play better. Outside of Khalil Mack, Reggie Nelson, and Karl Joseph, there wasn’t a whole lot to be overly enthusiastic about on the defensive side of the ball for the Raiders last season.

Tennessee also had a great year in 2016, tripling their win total from the previous season and almost making the playoffs. The Titans 9-7 record was a huge improvement and they look like serious contenders to challenge for the AFC South title in 2017.  QB Marcus Mariota looked like the real deal in his Sophomore season, throwing for 3,400+ yards and 26 Touchdowns. However, he also suffered the second serious injury of his young career, breaking his fibula in late December. RB DeMarco Murray looked great in his first season for the Titans, leading the AFC in rushing with 1,287 yards. Veteran Delanie Walker had another stand-out season, but the rest of the receiving corps must be more consistent if the Titans hope to live up to expectations. On defense, a shaky secondary also needs to play a lot better – the Tennessee pass defense was torched by opponents for an average of 269.2 yards per game – 29th in the league.

 

Raiders vs Titans Free Pro Football Predictions: UNDER 51

I think there is still some merit to taking the Raiders on the road in Week 1, but the edge doesn’t seem big enough to me to feel comfortable recommending it as a play. However, I DO think that taking the UNDER in this game offers a ton of expected value, as the current total of 51 seems a little too high when considering what happened when these two teams met last year. Although game flow can be tough to predict during the first few weeks of a new season, I think that the recent injury history of both starting QB’s should be strongly considered as a valid reason for taking the UNDER in this match-up as well.

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These two teams faced each other last season in Week 3, where the Raiders came out on top 17-10 in a tough defensive battle. Although the Raiders still seem to be searching for some extra linebacker depth, I still don’t think the scoring will be nearly as high as everyone seems to expect. The Titans secondary looks to be improved, although it certainly would be tough for it to be any worse than it was last year. As stated in the previous paragraph, I feel that it’s also important to take into account that both starting QB’s are coming off season-ending injuries that occurred late in the year (Week 16). Although both are fully healthy again to start their 2017 campaigns, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Carr and/or Mariota show a little bit of rust in Week 1.

I certainly don’t expect a 17-10 game again, but I don’t think that this one will turn into a full-blown shootout either. Both of these teams look to be poised to compete for their respective divisions, and this should be an entertaining game with a moderate offensive output. Look for the total to stay under 51 and for the Raiders to grind out a hard-fought Week 1 victory.