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Betting Titans Chargers – Titans And Chargers Meet, Facing Two Uncertain Futures

Posted by Tony Bryant on 9/13/2012 6:38:33 PM

The Tennessee Titans lost in week one while the San Diego Chargers won. Yet, it's too early in the season to definitively say just where these teams are headed in 2012. They meet this Sunday.

Tennessee Titans @ San Diego Chargers – Sunday, September 16  
Online betting line: San Diego -6

Why Tennessee Will Win

In much the same way that an online poker game is determined by the right instincts at the right time, the San Diego Chargers have shown in recent seasons an inability to play their cards right in crucial moments.
It's true that San Diego beat the Oakland Raiders in week one, but the performance was far from convincing. When the Chargers were going deep into the NFL playoffs (from 2006 through 2009), their offense was far more potent than it is right now. A 22-point showing on a night when Oakland could barely move the ball suggests that all is not yet well in San Diego. The Bolts have to do a lot more against higher-quality competition to show that they're ready to return to the next level.  San Diego's performance was anything but an eye-opening statement, anything other than a show of force that should hint at a renaissance. San Diego is still a mediocre team, a team that the Titans, on their best day, can jump up and ambush… even in San Diego, where this game will be played. 

Why San Diego Will Win

When NFL betting commentators look at this game, the first thing they're going to look at is the infirmary report, as is the case for most contests around the league. Injuries are the most important and commonplace variable in the realm of football betting, and what jumps out the most in this contest is the fact that Tennessee's opening day starter is not going to be fully healthy.

Late in Tennessee's loss to New England in week one, Titan quarterback Jake Locker – who won the starting job in an offseason competition with backup and former starter Matt Hasselbeck – suffered an injury to his left (non-throwing) shoulder. The injury was a shoulder separation, which is actually severe, but since it's the non-throwing shoulder, Locker has said that he thinks he can play. Needless to say, this is not what the Titans needed. The non-throwing shoulder can be worked around, but it can still limit mechanics and technique on downfield passes. Locker might be talking a good game, but his coach, Mike Munchak, might take the safer route.

Ultimately, whether the Titans go with Locker or Hasselbeck this weekend in San Diego, one thing is clear: Tennessee is not going to score very much. The Titans were shaky on offense to begin with, and since Hasselbeck is on the downside of his NFL career, there are no really good options for Tennessee. Munchak will either have to go with a young and injured quarterback (Locker) or an old and declining one (Hasselbeck). This is no way to prepare for a road game in week two.

Who Will Win

It’s undeniable that Tennessee is not entering this game with the health it needs at the quarterback spot. Yet, San Diego has not established a track record in recent years for being a consistently good team. The Chargers will win the game, but the Titans will cover the number by containing the Bolts' offense.

NFL Football Betting Pick: Tennessee

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