Broncos vs. Titans NFL Week 10 Top Picks: Tennessee to Cover Despite Injuries?

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Malik Willis #7 of the Tennessee Titans is tackled by Eric Murray #23 and Steven Nelson #21 of the Houston Texans. Carmen Mandato/Getty Images/AFP.

New direction or one-week blip? That’s the question, in opposite directions, that the Denver Broncos and Tennessee Titans will look to answer Sunday in a Week 10 showdown in Nashville.

We’ll take a closer look at this matchup to see where we can cash in our NFL picks.

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Denver Broncos vs. Tennessee Titans

Sunday, November 13, 2022 – 01:00 PM EST at Nissan Stadium

Off to a surprising start to the season, the AFC South-leading Titans hope to get back on track at home, after seeing their five-game winning streak snapped with an overtime loss at the Chiefs last week. The 5-3 Titans, who turned around an 0-2 start to the year, still have a two-game lead at the top of the division.

Meanwhile, the disappointing Denver Broncos ended their four-game losing streak 2 weeks ago with a win over Jacksonville in London. The Broncos, who had last week off to try to recover from the transatlantic trip, are 3-5, in 3rd place in the AFC West.

Broncos' String of Injuries

The Broncos beat the Jaguars, 21-17. The relatively low-scoring win still was a step in the right direction. It’s just the 2nd time this season that Denver has broken the 20-point barrier.

Part of the Broncos’ offensive struggles can be attributed to a string of injuries. Denver has lost a running back, receiver, and lineman for the season, and they have several other players who have missed time to injury, including quarterback Russell Wilson.

The latest injury is center Lloyd Cushenberry III, who was injured in London and placed on injured reserve. Graham Glasgow will replace him. The line also lost tackle Cam Fleming in the game, after he suffered a quad injury.

He was initially expected to miss at least this week’s game, but the bye week was good for him. Coach Nathaniel Hackett announced that Fleming was “ahead of schedule” and is “day-to-day, week-to-week”.

Names to Keep In Mind

The Broncos also lost Mike Boone in the game. He was placed on the injured list, joining starter Javonte Williams, and Boone will miss at least the next 4 games.

The Broncos addressed the depleted position by trading pass rusher Bradley Chubb for Dolphins running back Chase Edmonds at the deadline this week. He’s expected to make his debut with the Dolphins this week.

In addition to losing Chubb, the defense could be without linebacker Baron Browning, who also went down in the Jaguars game. Like Fleming, he was initially expected to miss the game but is now “day-to-day” following the bye.

Titans' Offensive Trouble

While the Titans have been rolling, there are concerns on offense that were evident in the loss to the Chiefs.

The biggest worry is quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who was inactive for the game with an ankle injury, giving rookie Malik Willis his first NFL start. The Titans' play-callers didn’t give Willis much of a vote of confidence, calling for just 16 passes in the game. Tennessee receivers didn’t catch a single pass in the game.

When asked about giving star running back Derrick Henry 26 carries in the game, coach Mike Vrabel appeared to take a shot at the passing game, saying, “I don’t [know] what else we would do - throw it 50 times? I mean, who the (bleep) would we throw it to?" Titans receivers as a group have the fewest catches, yards, and touchdowns in the NFL this season.

On defense, the Titans saw 2 players go down in the Chiefs game: safety Josh Thompson, who hurt his knee in the second half, and linebacker Bud Dupree, who hurt his hip.

The Betting Picks

The Titans have struggled on offense almost as much as Denver lately, scoring 20 points just once in the last 4 games.

It’s not clear whether Tannehill will be able to play against the Broncos or if the Tennessee coaches will have more faith in Willis if he gets the ball again. Still, the Titans have found a way to win with a spotty offense, which is more than the Broncos have done.

Following the NFL odds, look for Tennessee to pull out a win at home.

NFL Pick: Titans -3 (+100) at Bovada (visit our Bovada Review)

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NFL Pick: Under 38.5 (-108) at Heritage Sports (visit our Heritage Sports Review)

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