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Tennessee Titans vs. Denver Broncos Pick & Prediction SEP 14TH 2020

FinishedTV: ESPNSports Authority Field at Mile High Denver

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41.5
-2.5
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42o -110
2.5 +101
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152
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The Denver Broncos rode the play of Von Miller to a Super Bowl title in 2016, but if they have any dreams of battling for a championship this season it will likely be without the All-Pro linebacker.

 

Their season kicks off at home Monday night in an empty Empower Field at Mile High against the Tennessee Titans, the final game of Week 1.

 

Miller was injured late in practice Tuesday, and an MRI on Wednesday revealed a dislocated peroneal tendon in his ankle. NFL Network reported that Miller will undergo surgery and miss the 2020 season.

 

Denver was dealt another blow Thursday when the team's No. 1 receiver, Courtland Sutton, left practice with an apparent right shoulder injury. Sutton fell awkwardly after reaching for a high pass and went to the locker room.

 

He was having an MRI on the shoulder late Thursday. Sutton was listed on the team's first injury report as limited in practice.

 

If he misses any time it would deprive quarterback Drew Lock of his favorite target late last season and throughout training camp. Sutton had 72 receptions for 1,112 yards and six TDs in 2019, his second NFL season.

 

Miller is the heart of the Broncos' defense and was a key factor in the game plan against Titans running back Derrick Henry. Henry has become one of the best bruising backs in the league, and he nearly carried Tennessee to the Super Bowl last February before the Titans lost in the AFC title game at Kansas City.

 

The Broncos held Henry to 28 yards on 15 carries in a 16-0 win in Denver last October. The loss was a turning point for the Titans, who benched QB Marcus Mariota in favor of Ryan Tannehill and went 7-3 the rest of the way en route to the AFC Championship game.

 

The Broncos got some good news when linebacker Bradley Chubb, who missed most of 2019 after tearing his left ACL last September, practiced Wednesday and Thursday after missing a week with a knee injury.

 

"He came through yesterday's practice very good. He looked better. Just as importantly, he woke up feeling better too than he had been," Denver head coach Vic Fangio said. "That's always critical, too."

 

While the Broncos are losing defensive players, the Titans are adding them, specifically defensive end and former No. 1 overall pick Jadeveon Clowney, who was signed to a one-year deal on Sunday. The addition of Clowney will improve Tennessee's pass rush.

 

Clowney began practicing this week and bolsters a unit that added linebacker Vic Beasley in the offseason. Beasley was activated from the non-football injury list Saturday but was a limited participant in practice on Thursday.

 

Safety Kenny Vaccaro (non-injury related), outside linebacker Derick Roberson (knee) and offensive lineman Jamil Douglas (hand) did not practice Thursday while wide receiver Corey Davis and running back Darrynton Evans were limited participants due to hamstring injuries.

 

The Titans hope they solidified their kicking game with the signing of veteran Stephen Gostkowski in the offseason. Gostkowski was New England's longtime kicker and won three Super Bowls with the Patriots, also playing in two other title games.

 

"When my time ended in New England and the pandemic hit, we had a lot of time to think about what we wanted to do, whether we wanted to stay up there or move back down south closer to family," he said recently. "My wife got on the internet and started looking at houses, and Nashville, it seems like a great place to raise a family."

 

Miller's injury overshadows the revamped Denver offense.

 

Lock took over in late 2019 and had a solid finish to his rookie season, completing 64.1 percent of his passes for 1,020 yards and seven touchdowns over the final five games. The Broncos went 4-1 in those games to finish 7-9.

 

The Broncos added running back Melvin Gordon III and drafted receivers Jerry Jeudy and KJ Hamler. Jeudy is expected to make an immediate impact while Hamler is dealing with a hamstring injury.

 

Hamler was limited in practices this week, his first action since Aug. 19. Inside linebacker Mark Barron (hamstring) did not practice Thursday. Tight end Albert Okwuegbunam (ankle) and offensive guard Graham Glasgow (ankle) were both limited.

 

--Field Level Media

 

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Tennessee Titans

Denver Broncos

Player Position Lineup
A.J. Brown primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Jayon Brown primary: Inside Linebacker Starter
Malcolm Butler primary: Cornerback Starter
Kevin Byard primary: Free Safety Starter
Corey Davis primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Nate Davis primary: Right Guard Starter
Rashaan Evans primary: Inside Linebacker Starter
Derrick Henry primary: Runningback Starter
Ben Jones primary: Center Starter
DaQuan Jones primary: Nose Tackle Starter
Dennis Kelly primary: Right Tackle Starter
Harold Landry III primary: Outside Linebacker Starter
Taylor Lewan primary: Left Tackle Starter
Rodger Saffold III primary: Right Tackle Starter
Jeffery Simmons primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Jonnu Smith primary: Tight End Starter
Ryan Tannehill primary: Quarterback Starter
Kenny Vaccaro primary: Strong Safety Starter
MyCole Pruitt primary: Tight End Starter
Chris Jackson primary: Defensive Back Starter
Johnathan Joseph primary: Cornerback Starter
Jadeveon Clowney primary: Outside Linebacker Starter
Khari Blasingame primary: Runningback Substitution
Beau Brinkley primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Matt Dickerson primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Anthony Firkser primary: Tight End Substitution
Cody Hollister primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Amani Hooker primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Adam Humphries primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Joshua Kalu primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Brett Kern primary: Punter Substitution
David Long Jr. primary: Linebacker Substitution
Isaiah Mack primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Kalif Raymond primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Daniel Munyer primary: Center Substitution
Kamalei Correa primary: Linebacker Substitution
Ty Sambrailo primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Nick Dzubnar primary: Linebacker Substitution
Jack Crawford primary: Defensive End Substitution
Kristian Fulton primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Aaron Brewer primary: Center Substitution
Jeremy McNichols primary: Runningback Substitution
Will Compton primary: Linebacker Substitution
Stephen Gostkowski primary: Kicker Substitution
Senorise Perry primary: Runningback Substitution
Tye Smith primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Chris Milton primary: Cornerback Substitution
Jamil Douglas primary: Guard Not active
Derick Roberson primary: Defensive End Not active
Logan Woodside primary: Quarterback Did not play
Vic Beasley Jr. primary: Defensive End Not active
Darrynton Evans primary: Runningback Not active
Larrell Murchison primary: Defensive Tackle Not active
Nick Westbrook-Ikhine primary: Wide Receiver Not active
Geoff Swaim primary: Tight End Not active
Player Position Lineup
Garett Bolles primary: Left Tackle Starter
Bryce Callahan primary: Right Cornerback Starter
Bradley Chubb primary: Weak Linebacker Starter
Noah Fant primary: Tight End Starter
DaeSean Hamilton primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Kareem Jackson primary: Strong Safety Starter
Josey Jewell primary: Inside Linebacker Starter
Alexander Johnson primary: Inside Linebacker Starter
Phillip Lindsay primary: Runningback Starter
Drew Lock primary: Quarterback Starter
Tim Patrick primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Mike Purcell primary: Nose Tackle Starter
Dalton Risner primary: Left Guard Starter
Justin Simmons primary: Free Safety Starter
Elijah Wilkinson primary: Right Tackle Starter
A.J. Bouye primary: Left Cornerback Starter
Jurrell Casey primary: Defensive End Starter
Graham Glasgow primary: Right Guard Starter
Melvin Gordon III primary: Runningback Starter
Jeremiah Attaochu primary: Strong Linebacker Starter
Shelby Harris primary: Defensive End Starter
Lloyd Cushenberry III primary: Center Starter
Calvin Anderson primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Andrew Beck primary: Tight End Substitution
Jake Butt primary: Tight End Substitution
Duke Dawson Jr. primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Royce Freeman primary: Runningback Substitution
Davontae Harris primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Dre'Mont Jones primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Joe Jones primary: Linebacker Substitution
Trey Marshall primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Brandon McManus primary: Kicker Substitution
Malik Reed primary: Linebacker Substitution
Diontae Spencer primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
DeMarcus Walker primary: Defensive End Substitution
P.J. Locke primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Jacob Bobenmoyer primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Sam Martin primary: Punter Substitution
Nick Vannett primary: Tight End Substitution
Austin Schlottmann primary: Guard Substitution
Jerry Jeudy primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Michael Ojemudia primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Tyrie Cleveland primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Derrek Tuszka primary: Linebacker Substitution
Essang Bassey primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Austin Calitro primary: Inside Linebacker Substitution
Von Miller primary: Linebacker Not active
Courtland Sutton primary: Wide Receiver Not active
Jeff Driskel primary: Quarterback Did not play
KJ Hamler primary: Wide Receiver Not active
McTelvin Agim primary: Defensive Tackle Not active
Albert Okwuegbunam primary: Tight End Not active
Netane Muti primary: Guard Not active
Demar Dotson primary: Offensive Tackle Did not play
Mark Barron primary: Defensive Back Not active

Tennessee Titans

Denver Broncos

  • Match Start
  • Period 1
  • MIN 0
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 9 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Noah Fant
    • Passer: Drew Lock
    • Conv Kicker: Brandon McManus
  • Period 2
  • MIN 9
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 1 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: MyCole Pruitt
    • Passer: Ryan Tannehill
    • Conv Kicker: Stephen Gostkowski
  • Period 4
  • MIN 0
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 25 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Stephen Gostkowski
  • MIN 9
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 1 Yards
    • Rusher: Melvin Gordon III
    • Conv Kicker: Brandon McManus
  • MIN 13
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 1 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Jonnu Smith
    • Passer: Ryan Tannehill
    • Conv Kicker: Stephen Gostkowski
  • Match End

GAMES

Last 10

W 60% L 40%
6 4
  • Baltimore L 20 - 13
  • @Houston W 41 - 38
  • @Green Bay L 14 - 40
  • Detroit W 25 - 46
  • @Jacksonville W 31 - 10
  • Cleveland L 41 - 35
  • @Indianapolis W 45 - 26
  • @Baltimore W 30 - 24
  • Indianapolis L 34 - 17
  • Chicago W 17 - 24
W 30% L 70%
3 7
  • Las Vegas L 32 - 31
  • @L.A. Chargers L 16 - 19
  • Buffalo L 48 - 19
  • @Carolina W 32 - 27
  • @Kansas City L 16 - 22
  • New Orleans L 31 - 3
  • Miami W 13 - 20
  • @Las Vegas L 12 - 37
  • @Atlanta L 27 - 34
  • L.A. Chargers W 30 - 31

Last Meetings

  • Titans @ Broncos 16-14
  • Titans @ Broncos 0-16
  • Broncos @ Titans 10-13
  • Titans @ Broncos 28-51
  • Broncos @ Titans 14-17
  • Broncos @ Titans 26-20
  • Titans @ Broncos 20-34
  • Titans @ Broncos 10-35

American Football Conference

AFC EastWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Buffalo Bills133 0.8130.00.00.0 7-16-29-0-1
Miami Dolphins106 0.6253.00.00.0 5-35-37-0-3
New England Patriots79 0.4386.00.00.0 5-32-65-0-5
New York Jets214 0.12511.00.00.0 1-71-72-0-8
AFC NorthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Pittsburgh Steelers124 0.7500.00.00.0 7-15-36-0-4
Baltimore Ravens115 0.6881.00.00.0 5-36-26-0-4
Cleveland Browns115 0.6881.00.00.0 6-25-37-0-3
Cincinnati Bengals411 1.2677.50.00.0 3-51-63-1-7
AFC SouthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Indianapolis Colts115 0.6880.00.00.0 6-25-37-0-3
Tennessee Titans115 0.6880.00.00.0 5-36-26-0-4
Houston Texans412 0.2507.00.00.0 2-62-63-0-7
Jacksonville Jaguars115 0.06310.00.00.0 1-70-81-0-10
AFC WestWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Kansas City Chiefs142 0.8750.00.00.0 6-28-09-0-1
Las Vegas Raiders88 0.5006.00.00.0 2-66-25-0-5
Los Angeles Chargers79 0.4387.00.00.0 4-43-55-0-5
Denver Broncos511 0.3139.00.00.0 2-63-53-0-7

National Football Conference

NFC EastWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Washington Football Team79 0.4380.00.00.0 3-54-46-0-4
New York Giants610 0.3751.00.00.0 3-53-55-0-5
Dallas Cowboys610 0.3751.00.00.0 4-42-64-0-6
Philadelphia Eagles411 1.2672.50.00.0 3-41-73-1-7
NFC NorthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Green Bay Packers133 0.8130.00.00.0 7-16-28-0-2
Chicago Bears88 0.5005.00.00.0 3-55-33-0-7
Minnesota Vikings79 0.4386.00.00.0 3-54-46-0-4
Detroit Lions511 0.3138.00.00.0 1-74-42-0-8
NFC SouthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
New Orleans Saints124 0.7500.00.00.0 6-26-28-0-2
Tampa Bay Buccaneers115 0.6881.00.00.0 5-36-27-0-3
Carolina Panthers511 0.3137.00.00.0 2-63-52-0-8
Atlanta Falcons412 0.2508.00.00.0 2-62-63-0-7
NFC WestWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Seattle Seahawks124 0.7500.00.00.0 7-15-37-0-3
Los Angeles Rams106 0.6252.00.00.0 6-24-46-0-4
Arizona Cardinals88 0.5004.00.00.0 4-44-44-0-6
San Francisco 49ers610 0.3756.00.00.0 1-75-33-0-7

Last Injuries

Tennessee Titans vs. Denver Broncos

Stephen Gostkowski, who missed four earlier kicks, booted a 25-yard field goal with 17 seconds left, and the visiting Tennessee Titans beat the Denver Broncos 16-14 on Monday night.

Ryan Tannehill completed 29 of 43 passes for 249 yards and two touchdowns, Derrick Henry rushed for 116 yards, Corey Davis had seven receptions for 101 yards, and Jonnu Smith and MyCole Pruitt had touchdown catches for Tennessee (1-0).

Titans linebacker Rashaan Evans was ejected in the first quarter for punching Broncos tight end Jake Butt.

Drew Lock was 22 of 33 for 216 yards and a score, Melvin Gordon III ran for 78 yards and a touchdown, and Noah Fant had five catches for 81 yards and a TD for Denver (0-1). The Broncos lost running back Phillip Lindsay to a foot injury and cornerback A.J. Bouye to a shoulder injury in the first half

The game was tied at halftime, but Tennessee went ahead on a 1-yard scoring pass from Tannehill to Smith on fourth down. Gostkowski's extra-point attempt was wide left, making it 13-7 early in the fourth quarter.

Denver took a 14-13 lead on Gordon's 1-yard TD run and Brandon McManus' extra point with 9:08 left.

After both teams punted twice, the Titans drove 83 yards on 12 plays to the Denver 7-yard line. Gostkowski, who had failed on three field-goal attempts in addition to the PAT, drilled the winner.

Tennessee had a chance to take the lead on its second drive of the game but Gostkowski missed a 47-yard field-goal try.

The Broncos took the lead when Lock found Fant in the end zone to put Denver up 7-0 with 26 seconds left in the first quarter.

Tennessee capitalized on Gordon's fumble at the Denver 23 when Tannehill found Pruitt for a 1-yard touchdown pass to tie it at 7-7 with 9:21 to go in the second quarter.

Denver drove to the Titans' goal line on the ensuing possession' but Tennessee stopped a shovel pass to Butt on fourth down.

The Titans had a chance to take the lead heading into halftime, but Shelby Harris partially blocked Gostkowski's 44-yard field-goal attempt.

Gostkowski missed his third attempt, this time from 42 yards out, early in the third quarter, keeping the game tied.

--Field Level Media