October 28, 2023, 5:01 pm
Atlanta Falcons @ Tennessee Titans
Falcons (-110) @ Titans (-110): O/U 35.0
Falcons -2.5 (-145), Titans +2.5 (+125)
There is a famous saying that styles make fights and in this Week 8 battle, neither team has any style worth bragging about. The total is crisp 35 and a lot of that has to do with the fact that Ryan Tannehill will be missing his first game of the season and rookie Will Levis will likely be making the first start of his career. When you peel back another layer, you realize that these are two rushing teams that also excel defending the rush. The Falcons have allowed one rushing TD this season and the Titans are only allowing 3.6 YPC. What happens when two predominantly rushing oriented teams run into a brick wall for 60 straight minutes, a lot of punts. The real story of this game lies in the unknown as it’s possible the Titans move on from Derrick Henry at the October 31st trade deadline. Henry hasn’t been great this year, but he still needs to be game planned against and can tip the scales of any game with one play.
Main Storylines to Watch
Panic Meter Setting In: Bijan Robinson only had one carry last week and while it was clear he wasn’t feeling 100%, no one who bet on him or rostered him in fantasy was given that heads up. He continues to drift towards the bust label for fantasy even though he might be the most electrifying RB in the league. He just hasn’t been effective on the ground despite his stellar receiving numbers. He needs to score a TD on the ground ASAP to relieve the pressure and it might not be the worst idea to check the Falcon’s schedule and potentially trade Robinson for more of a sure thing.
Who is the Next Man Up?: The Titans lost their starting QB again midseason and for some reason they still don’t have a firm answer on who answers the bell. Malik Willis was a train wreck last year, but he’s made some serious progress as a passer and Will Levis is also still incredibly raw. Neither option will probably be “the answer”, but Coach Vrabel should settle on one option instead of trying to split the baby in half. Neither are viable options for fantasy this week with maybe Willis being sneaky with his rushing ability.
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