The Denver Broncos look to extend their NFL record to eight consecutive victories in season-openers at home when they host the Tennessee Titans on Monday Night Football to close out Week 1. Kickoff from Empower Field at Mile High is set for 10:20 p.m. ET. The Broncos won’t have the advantage of their historically boisterous crowd because of the coronavirus pandemic, but they will rely on their winning history and what is widely believed to be one of the most improved teams in the league.

Tennessee is a three-point favorite after opening as a two-point underdog, while the over-under for total points scored is 40.5 in the latest Titans vs. Broncos odds from William Hill. Before making any Broncos vs. Titans picks of your own, make sure you see what SportsLine expert Mike Tierney has to say.

A national sportswriter whose work appears in the New York Times and Los Angeles Times, Tierney has covered the NFL for decades and reported from seven Super Bowls. He prefers to evaluate each game from the underdog’s point of view and has used that philosophy to dominate the NFL, going 66-44 against the spread in 2019 and 63-46 in 2018. 

All-time at SportsLine (2016-19), Tierney is 282-222 on all NFL picks, returning $3,704 to $100 players. He’s also had a keen eye for the tendencies of these clubs, posting 16-8 record on against-the-spread picks involving the Titans or Broncos. Anyone who has followed him is way up. 

Now, Tierney has locked in Titans vs. Broncos and released a confident against-the-spread pick. You can only find it here. Here are the NFL odds and betting trends for Titans vs. Broncos:

  • Titans vs. Broncos spread: Titans -3
  • Titans vs. Broncos over/under: 40.5 points
  • Titans vs. Broncos money line: Titans -135, Broncos +115
  • TEN: Titans are 5-1 against the spread in their past six road games
  • DEN: Broncos are 5-2 against the spread as a home underdog

Why the Titans can cover

Many football observers believed Jadeveon Clowney’s asking price, believed to be well north of $15 million per season, was the primary reason why the three-time Pro Bowl selection lingered in free agency without getting a deal done. But the 27-year-old defensive end ultimately took less to join the Titans, $13 million with another $2 million possible through incentives, in order to find the right fit. 

Clowney told the media this week that Tennessee’s Mike Vrabel is “one of the smartest coaches I’ve ever had” and recounted their success together with the Texans, where Vrabel served as the defensive coordinator. In 2017, the South Carolina product set career-highs for sacks (9.5) and tackles (59) under the guidance of Vrabel. 

In 13 games for the Seahawks last year, Clowney had three sacks, four forced fumbles and returned his first career interception for a touchdown. He also delivered the first-quarter hit against Carson Wentz that knocked the Eagles’ starting quarterback out of the game.

Why the Broncos can cover

Even so, the Broncos made plenty of key acquisitions of their own and have confidence from their dominant performance against the Titans in Denver last year. Their defense held Henry to a season-low 28 yards on 15 carries while pitching a shutout. They also forced seven sacks and three interceptions. The first two picks came from Mariota, who lost his starting job following the dismal outing. Tennessee finished with just 204 yards of total offense. 

The Broncos will be hurt by the loss of linebacker Von Miller, the eight-time Pro Bowler who is out indefinitely with an ankle injury. But their additions include five-time Pro Bowler Jurrell Casey, whom they obtained in an off-season trade with the Titans. Casey has vowed to have a big game against his former team in his debut for Denver. 

How to make Titans vs. Broncos picks for Monday Night Football

Tierney has analyzed this matchup and while we can tell you he’s leaning Under the total, he has discovered a critical X-factor that has him jumping all over one side of the spread. He’s only sharing it at SportsLine. 

Who wins Titans vs. Broncos? And what critical X-factor makes one side of the spread a must-back? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the Titans vs. Broncos spread you should jump on Monday Night Football, all from the NFL expert who’s brought in over $3,700 to $100 players and is 16-8 on picks involving Tennessee or Denver, and find out.

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