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Setting the Table
The New England Patriots will look to move past their Super Bowl loss to the New York Giants last year, but it won't be easy against the Tennessee Titans, as Sunday will be the 137th consecutive sellout at LP Field.
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is coming off a 5,235-yard campaign, which makes this one of the more lopsided match ups under center from a statistical standpoint, as former Washington Huskies star Jake Locker gets a chance to start in his second year in the league.
The Titans have won eight of their 13 regular-season home openers inside this venue, as they look to snap the Patriots' streak of eight consecutive wins to open a new campaign, which is the longest such run in the National Football League.
Sports bettors will find that the Patriots are 7-4-1 in its last 12 games as a road favorite the last two years, while the Titans are 2-1 ATS as a home underdog in the same span.
Brady's 28-13 run against the Las Vegas number away from Foxborough must be respected, but teams that lost out on the opportunity of winning a ring in the league's biggest game are 1-13 ATS when opening on the road the following year.
Oddsmakers felt comfortable in opening the defending AFC champions as seven-point road favorites in this contest, especially since they scored a 38-24 season-opening road win over the Miami Dolphins in the same situation last year.
Over the last seven days, the line has moved off that key number, which is significant due to the amount of public action this AFC matchup will receive over the next couple days.
State of Mind
The Titans never cracked the seven-point barrier in the market, which is definitely a signal that sharp action came in at that level. At this point, I suggest waiting until kickoff to see if that number makes a guest appearance on the odds board.