NFL Week 18 picks straight up, odds for all 16 games & spread picks
NFL Week 18 will kick off with an AFC West matchup between the Kansas City Chiefs and Las Vegas Raiders, but there will be 15 other games this weekend. Our experts analyzed the entire slate and made NFL Week 18 picks straight up, along with an early spread prediction. Let’s dive into their NFL Week 18 picks straight up and break down their early prediction for NFL Week 18 with odds provided by DraftKings Sportsbook. NFL Week 18 picks straight up for all 16 games at DraftKings SportsbookOur experts’ early prediction is related to the Jaguars vs. Titans matchup, but there are 15 other games on the NFL Week 18 schedule. NFL Week 18 early spread picks and predictionsOur experts’ NFL Week 18 early spread pick focuses on the AFC South contest between the Tennessee Titans and Jacksonville Jaguars, and the winner will be the AFC South champion.mlive.com
Henry keeps rewriting Titans history in loss to Kansas City
Derrick Henry was rumbling his way through the Kansas City Chiefs' defense, and through the Titans' history books, during a first half that went exactly the way Tennessee coach Mike Vrabel dreamed it would Sunday night. After he had run for nearly 100 yards and two touchdowns in the first half, the Chiefs sold out to stop him in the second, forcing Titans backup quarterback Malik Willis to try to beat them instead. The Chiefs proceeded to win the coin toss in overtime, moved swiftly downfield with the help of a couple of crucial plays, and Harrison Butker's go-ahead field goal proved to be the difference in a heart-stopping 20-17 victory.news.yahoo.com
Mahomes helps Chiefs rally past Titans 20-17 in overtime
Patrick Mahomes ran for the tying touchdown and 2-point conversion late in the fourth quarter, Harrison Butker atoned for two earlier misses by kicking the go-ahead field goal in overtime, and the Kansas City Chiefs beat the Tennessee Titans 20-17.
Colts' Matt Ryan on pace to shatter season fumble record
Matt Ryan came to Indianapolis to win games, maybe even a championship. Four weeks into the season, it all seems to be slipping through Ryan's figures — literally. Ryan fumbled twice in a 24-17 loss to rival Tennessee on Sunday, giving the 15-year veteran nine fumbles in four games.news.yahoo.com
Former Michigan State cornerback cut by Tennessee Titans
Former Michigan State cornerback Shakur Brown appeared to have a shot at making an NFL roster in his second professional season. Brown was waived by the Tennessee Titans on Monday. He had played 36 defensive snaps in the Titans’ most recent preseason game on Saturday against Tampa Bay and had recorded a team-high five tackles. Brown will now look elsewhere in his quest to make his first NFL roster. In three seasons at Michigan State, Brown recorded seven interceptions, including five in just seven games in 2020 to lead FBS football as he earned first-team All-Big Ten honors.mlive.com
Ex-Michigan All-American Adam Coon makes leap from wrestling mat to NFL
The former standout on Michigan’s wrestling team is looking to carve out a career in the NFL, despite not having played football since he starred for Fowlerville High School in 2012. Nevertheless, the Tennessee Titans are giving him a shot to make the team as an offensive lineman, signing him to a contract earlier this month. “Wrestlers, especially at that elite level, have unbelievable balance, core strength, things that I think would translate well to an offensive lineman,” Titans head coach Mike Vrabel said last week. Coon, who was 116-15 at Michigan, might be a longshot to make Tennessee’s 53-man roster, but a leap to the wrestling mat to the NFL has been done before. “I followed his wrestling career for a while.mlive.com
Titans OC Arthur Smith becomes first head coaching candidate to earn second interview with Lions
ALLEN PARK -- Arthur Smith was the last known head coaching candidate to interview with the Detroit Lions. Now he’s become the first to earn a second interview. Smith is scheduled to visit Detroit for a second interview on Friday according to NFL Network. But he also had a second interview with the Falcons today, then flew to New York to have dinner with the Jets this evening. Tennessee’s offense ranked fourth in DVOA this year, and finished among the league leaders by nearly every traditional offensive measure -- points (third), yards (second), yards per play (fourth), rushing yards (second), yards per carry (second), passing yards per play (seventh), interception rate (fourth), sack rate (10th), third-down percentage (fifth), fourth-down percentage (ninth), red-zone percentage (second), goal-to-goal percentage (first) and so on.mlive.com
Friends as playoff foes: Packers' LaFleur faces Rams' McVay
Green Bay Packers coach Matt LaFleur and Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVay say their friendship and shared history shouldn't have much of an impact on their teams’ upcoming NFC divisional playoff matchup. The top-seeded Packers (13-3) host the Rams (11-6) on Saturday with an NFC championship game berth at stake. San Francisco’s head coach is Kyle Shanahan, who worked at Washington with Matt LaFleur and McVay from 2010-13. They reunited in 2017 when McVay became the Rams’ head coach and hired LaFleur. One year later, he became the Packers’ head coach.
Detroit Lions confirm head coaching interview with Titans OC Arthur Smith
ALLEN PARK -- The Detroit Lions confirmed their interview with one of the hottest names on the head coaching market in Titans offensive coordinator Arthur Smith. All seven teams searching for a head coach have requested an interview with Smith, including for Philadelphia’s fresh vacancy. He coached the offensive line and tight ends before landing the offensive coordinator gig last year. I’ve gotta lot of respect for the entire coaching staff,” Titans coach Mike Vrabel said before the game against Detroit earlier this season. Detroit also reportedly requested an interview with ex-Jets coach and current Bucs defensive coordinator Todd Bowles over the weekend.mlive.com
Column: Smith-Schuster fires up foes through jigs and digs
(AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)Say this about Ju-Ju Smith-Schuster: he sure knows how to fire up foes through jigs and digs alike. He said he thought “they’re still the same Browns teams I play every year” and while they had talent, “the Browns is the Browns." The Browns snapped their 17-game losing streak at Heinz Field with their first road playoff win since 1969. “That turns you up a little bit,” Buffalo safety Jordan Power said after the Bills’ 26-15 win over Pittsburgh in Week 14. “For the betterment of myself and my teammates, I’m going to stop dancing on the logos,” Smith-Schuster declared after that loss to Cincinnati.
Mike Vrabel, Mike Tomlin punt away their teams’ NFL playoff chances
The Titans trailed the Ravens 17-13 in the fourth quarter and faced a fourth-and-2 and the Baltimore 40-yard line. Mike Vrabel has made some outlandish claims on what he’s willing to do to win a Super Bowl, but apparently going for it here didn’t make the (ahem) cut. “Just decided to punt,” Vrabel told reporters after the Titans’ 20-13 loss. The Browns exhaled and marched down the field for another touchdown after the punt, all but sealing their first playoff win since 1994. — Surrender Index 90 (@surrender_idx90) January 11, 2021While Kevin Stefanski was in his basement, Super Bowl-winning coach Mike Tomlin punted on fourth-and-1 when his team had all the momentum.mlive.com
AP Exclusive: Titans' ownership staying in Adams family
FILE- In this Oct. 21, 2018, file photo, Amy Adams Strunk, the controlling owner of the Tennessee Titans, smiles before an NFL football game against Los Angeles Chargers at Wembley stadium in London. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)Ownership of the Tennessee Titans is remaining with the Adams family with Susie Adams Smith agreeing to sell her share of the team to the family-controlled KSA Industries Inc.Amy Adams Strunk will hold a 50% share with the other 50% held by Kenneth Adams IV, Barclay Adams and Susan Lewis. Those three will continue as owners of the Titans with Adams Strunk continuing as controlling owner in a sale expected to be completed by the end of this year. “The Titans franchise has meant so much to me and my family over the 61 years of its existence,” Adams Strunk said in a statement to The Associated Press. Initially, after Bud Adams' death, the family installed Susie Adams Smith as controlling owner and made her husband Tommy Smith team president.
Mayfield throws 4 TDs in 1st half, Browns beat Titans 41-35
The Browns had their best-scoring half ever, leading 38-7 at halftime, topping the 35 points scored in the second half at Cincinnati in 2004. The Titans made it interesting late, outscoring the Browns 28-3 in the second half. Mayfield became the first Browns quarterback to throw four TDs in the first half since Hall of Famer Otto Graham in 1951. That’s the guy that the Cleveland Browns know who he is. Tennessee opened the second half scoring back-to-back touchdowns within the first six minutes.
Colts grab tiebreaker in AFC South by beating Titans 34-17
The Colts (6-3) will host the rematch in Indianapolis on Nov. 29 after helping coach Frank Reich improve to 4-1 against Titans coach Mike Vrabel. The Colts smothered a Tennessee offense that had been averaging 384.6 yards a game, 10th-best in the NFL, and seventh-best averaging 29 points a game. Indianapolis took advantage of the Titans' special teams woes to score twice in the third quarter for a 27-17 lead. Tennessee went with a third different punter in three games, promoting Trevor Daniel after signing him to the practice squad last weekend. The Colts padded their lead to 34-17 with Jacoby Brissett capping the next drive with a 2-yard TD run with 9:21 left.
Seahawks keep top spot in AP Pro32; Steelers, Titans move up
(AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)NEW YORK – As the NFC's only 5-0 team, the Seattle Seahawks had a quiet week on a bye. However, the Seahawks didn't lose any ground and maintained the top spot in the latest AP Pro32 poll. The Seahawks received nine of 12 first-place votes for 377 points in balloting Tuesday by media members who regularly cover the NFL. The Chiefs earned two first-place votes for 366 points, while the loss dropped the Bills one spot to No. 3 and the Tennessee Titans, the league's other 5-0 team, received the remaining first-place vote and gained two places to No.
Ex-Michigan OL Taylor Lewan confirms torn ACL: ‘Don’t feel sorry for me’
A pair of former Michigan Wolverines suffered season-ending injuries in Week 6 of the NFL season. “Don’t feel sorry for me, I’m going to handle this rehab like a Pro and come back better than ever,” Lewan wrote in a tweet Monday. Don’t feel sorry for me, I’m going to handle this rehab like a Pro and come back better than ever. #NoBadDays — Jerry Ainsworth (@TaylorLewan77) October 19, 2020The 29-year-old Lewan has been a stalwart along the Titans' offensive line since getting selected 11th overall in 2014. Sign up for insight on the Wolverines for $4.99 a month (with a 60-day free trial) by texting 734-215-6605.mlive.com
AP source: No talk of individual punishment for Titans
The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because neither the NFL, the NFL Players Association nor the Titans have commented on the review. “This is not about discipline," NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said last week when asked about potential punishment for the Titans. The Titans' facility was shut down Sept. 29 after eight positive tests. The review says the Titans cooperated fully with the “comprehensive” look into how the team had been following protocols. Titans players worked out Sept. 30 in groups including at a private Nashville high school.
Seahawks gain top spot in AP Pro32 poll
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson passes against the Minnesota Vikings late in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)NEW YORK – For the first time this season, there's a new top team in the AP Pro32 poll. The Seattle Seahawks have vaulted all the way to the No. The Seahawks, the league's only 5-0 team, inched up a place after rallying for a 27-26 victory on Sunday night against Minnesota. The Browns head to Pittsburgh this week in one of the top matchups of Week 6.
Tannehill scores 4 TDs as depleted Titans beat Bills 42-16
Malcolm Butler intercepted two passes, the second he returned 68 yards, and both set up short touchdowns for Tennessee. “They were ready to go and at the same time we beat ourselves,” Bills coach Sean McDermott said. Allen's pass went off Andre Roberts' hands right to Butler, and he returned the interception 29 yards to the Bills 16. Tennessee led 21-10 at halftime after Tannehill ran in from 10 yards seconds before the half. Safety Micah Hyde denied the Bills got caught looking ahead to the defending Super Bowl champs.
AP source: Bills-Titans, Broncos-Patriots rescheduled by NFL
FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2020, file photo, members of the Tennessee Titans take part in the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings, in Minneapolis. The Titans had no positive tests Monday or Tuesday for the first time after six consecutive days of positive results. The Titans' outbreak increased to 23 Thursday with tight end MyCole Pruitt and a defensive back from the practice squad put on the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday afternoon. The Titans' facility remains closed with the team still prohibited from any in-person activities. ___AP Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner, AP Sports Writers Kyle Hightower and Steve Wine contributed and AP freelance writer Mark Ludwiczak contributed to this report.
NFL looking at "several" protocol incidents with Titans
FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2020, file photo, members of the Tennessee Titans take part in the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings, in Minneapolis. The Titans had no positive tests Monday or Tuesday for the first time after six consecutive days of positive results. The Titans cannot return to their facility before Saturday at the earliest, needing back-to-back days without a positive test result. Titans coach Mike Vrabel said Tuesday any discipline would be something for the NFL to discuss. Both Sills and Dr. Thom Mayer, the NFL Players Association's medical director, said the key is everyone following the protocols.