2014 NFL Week 12 - Titans vs. Eagles Betting Odds Preview

Line: Eagles -11

Tennessee and Philadelphia face off in Philly on Sunday afternoon. The 7-3 Eagles have not had the type of season that prognosticators expected as their offense has not been nearly as explosive as it was last season, yet they have scored points in other ways and lead the NFC in scoring offense. They have also lost starting quarterback Nick Foles for the season and replaced him with former Jet Mark Sanchez. Sanchez was incredible in his first performance as an Eagle when Foles went down, however he looked a lot more like the quarterback that was booed out of New York against Green Bay. He finished the game passing 26/44 for 346 yards and 2 touchdowns to go along with 2 interceptions. These numbers are inflated by statistics accumulated well after the score was out of hand in the Eagles 53-20 loss to the Packers last Sunday. They were held to 11 points below its scoring average. Running back Lesean McCoy has been more productive lately but has still yet to be nearly as productive as he was last season, he finished with 88 yards on 23 carries. The Titans were not expected to have a great season and the expectations have proven to be accurate as they find themselves with a 2-8 record after blowing an 11 point 4th quarter lead and losing to the Steelers 27-24 on Monday Night. The defense came to play for most of the night while sacking Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger 5 times and intercepting a pass in the end zone. However when the time came to get a big stop they were unable. After giving up two fourth quarter touchdowns, they still had a chance to win when the Steelers took possession with 6:58 left, however the Steelers just methodically moved the ball and were able to get enough first downs to run out the clock. Rookie quarterback Zach Mettenberger played well enough to win going 15/24 for 263 yards and 2 touchdowns.

The Eagles have won 9 straight at home and are 15-2 against teams .500 or worse during the Chip Kelly era, including 6-0 this season. One thing Sanchez has done is connect with rookie receiver Jordan Matthews. Since Sanchez took over they have hooked up 14 times for 280 yards and 4 touchdowns. Jermey Maclin has continued his pro bowl season and with a touchdown and 70 yards receiving this week will eclipse 10 and 1000 for the season in each category respectively.

The Titans have a rookie quarterback and running back (Bishop Sankey) who have shown flashes of being starters for a long time. They are trying to avoid losing 5 straight games for the first time since 2010. If they want a chance this week they will need to improve their run defense which surrenders nearly 190 yards a game. With McCoy due for a breakout game, this could be a bad matchup for the Titans. They will again be without tight end Delanie Walker because of a concussion.

Pick: Eagles -11

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