Thanks to the return of starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill, the Miami Dolphins are hoping to rebound from a dismal 6-10 campaign a year ago. However, the Fins didn’t look very good in going 1-3 in the preseason and they enter the new season with more question marks than actual answers.

On the flip side of the coin, the Tennessee Titans fired head coach Mike Mularkey despite posting back-to-back 9-7 records that saw them reach the playoffs both times and upset the Kansas City Chiefs in the wild-card round last season. Now, the Titans have a new head coach in first-timer Mike Vrabel and if the preseason was any indication, then it’s going to take some time for Marcus Mariota and company to play the way their new coach wants.

With both teams struggling mightily in the preseason, let’s find out which one is offering the best betting value against their Week 1 NFL Odds.

🏈: Tennessee Titans at Miami Dolphins
⏰: Sun. Sep 9, 2018, 1:00 PM ET
🏟️: Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, FL
📺: FOX
🎰: Tennessee Titans -1 -115 | -125 | O 45 -110

There’s no other way to say it….Tennessee looked almost clueless in the preseason. Not only did the Titans go 0-4, but they got increasingly worse along the way offensively, by scoring 17, 14, 6 and then 3 points in their four scrimmage contests. Tennessee also gave up over 30 points in each of their first two preseason games, so there’s that as well. While Marcus Mariota didn’t play bad football in completing 11-of-18 passes for 165 yards with 2 TDs and one pick, Tennessee truly looked like a team without any identity whatsoever.



Miami thrashed Atlanta in their preseason finale after losing their first three scrimmage games, but I wouldn’t put much stock in that contest seeing as how the Falcons never showed up for any of their preseason games this year. The Fins played decent football in their first two scrimmages losses but got man-handled by Baltimore 27-10 in their important Week 3 matchup that both teams starters generally play at least a half.



A few weeks ago, I didn’t think there was any way that Miami could win their regular season opener, but now, I’m not too sure after seeing how pitiful Tennessee looked in the preseason. I know Marcus Mariota is a better quarterback than Ryan Tannehill and that the Titans reached the playoffs last season while Miami never came close, but right now, I’m thinking the Fins show up with an extraordinary effort in their home opener to narrowly beat the Titans.

Yes, I know the Dolphins have a foolish head coach and front office management to bring in disgraceful veteran Jay Cutler and then jettison Pro Bowl running back Jay Ajayi and Pro Bowl wide receiver Jarvis Landry, but I’m expecting Tennessee to struggle out of the gate under Vrabel, who, while widely respected, is still a first-time head coach.


Yes, Ryan Tannehill is mediocre by every definition of the word, but the Dolphins are also 4-0 ATS in their last four regular-season openers while Tennessee has gone 9-21 ATS in their last 30 road games. With the underdog in this series going 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings, I’m backing Miami to hold down the fort at home!

Predicted Score: Dolphins 27 Titans 24

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