Redskins vs. Titans: TV Info, Spread, Injury Updates, Game Time and More
Football is finally returning to the United States. While this is just preseason and does not really count for anything, it is still exciting for the millions of fans ready to cheer on their team.
After the Dallas Cowboys and Miami Dolphins kicked off the preseason with the Hall of Fame Game, the rest of the league gets started this week as everyone gets a feel for how ready they are for the year.
The Washington Redskins are certainly hoping for a big season after rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III led the team to an NFC East title last year. If he is healthy, the team is certainly a contender in the conference.
Meanwhile, the Tennessee Titans are looking for improvement from quarterback Jake Locker as he looks to prove he is the future face of the franchise.
Even though there is not a lot on the line on the scoreboard, this game will be full of players trying to prove they belong as the NFL kicks off Week 1 of the preseason.
Where: LP Field, Nashville, Tenn.
When: Thursday, August 8 at 8 p.m. ET
Watch: WKRN (Tennessee), Comcast SportsNet (Washington)
Live Stream: Preseason Live
Listen: NFL Audio Pass
Spread: Titans -2.5 (via Vegas Insider)
It is hard to bet on preseason games because starters are usually out in the first half. However, the Titans do have more depth on the roster across the board and are healthier at this point of the year.
Betting would not be wise with so many variables, but Tennessee appears to be a safer pick.
Redskins (via ESPN)
S Brandon Meriweather (Knee) Questionable
CB DeAngelo Hall (Ankle) Questionable
TE Jordan Reed (Foot) Probable
RB Chris Thompson (Knee) Questionable
QB Robert Griffin III (Knee) Out
Titans (via CBS Sports)
RB Chris Johnson (Ankle) Probable
Washington Player to Watch: Kirk Cousins
According to Will Brinson of CBS Sports, Griffin is expected to be ready for Week 1 of the regular season. However, it is unlikely the team risks any injury before they need to, so he will remain on the bench for now.
In the meantime, Kirk Cousins will take over and continue to prove that he can be a starter in the NFL.
Last season, the rookie started one game and appeared in two more while compiling a 101.6 quarterback rating. He showcased a strong arm as well as plenty of poise in the pocket to make people believe that he can handle the role if Griffin remains sidelined.
Even if RGIII remains the man in Washington for the long term, Cousins has a chance to audition for 31 other teams during this preseason.
Tennessee Player to Watch: Jake Locker
This year might be the last chance for Locker to prove himself with the Titans. The former first-round pick has played in 16 games over two years with the team and has generally struggled.
He has shown some bright spots, but turnovers have become an issue and he needs to pick up his completion percentage.
In the offseason, Tennessee improved the offensive line to give him protection and added Justin Hunter in the draft to give Locker yet another weapon at receiver.
It now comes down to Locker to prove himself. If he cannot lead his team to success this year, the squad might be looking for a new quarterback in the winter.
Prediction: Titans 27, Redskins 14
Once again, it is near impossible to pick preseason games because the coach has to decide how long his best players will remain on the field. Still, the Redskins still have issues in the secondary that Locker should be able to take advantage of early.
With not a lot depth on the roster, Washington will struggle to come back in this matchup and will drop its first game of the year.
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