After being traded a couple of months ago, Julio Jones finally makes his return to Atlanta to face off against his former team…too bad it’s only preseason. On the other side, newly appointed HC Arthur Smith will face off against his former team. Stay tuned and check out our Falcons vs Titans pick and betting preview!

There are no reports as to how much Julio Jones will play because he is currently listed as questionable. 

Tennessee Titans

The Titans are coming off a decent off-season and have made pushes to get some additional pieces to help them go deeper in the playoffs, despite making the conference championship two years ago. Right now this team is heavily favored to repeat as division champions and rightfully so. 

We most likely won’t see too much Derrick Henry, if at all tonight, just to keep him healthy going into the regular season. All eyes will most likely be on first-round draft pick Caleb Farley who was a highly talented and recruited player out of Virginia Tech, but injuries and a back surgery before the draft dropped his value.

There have been reports from inside the Titans training camp that he suffers from keeping himself composed after making a mistake. Veteran safety Kevin Byard has pulled him aside multiple times to make sure that he doesn’t keep doing it. Farley has incredible speed and athleticism and will be exciting to watch if he can put it all together.

Atlanta Falcons

The Falcons are coming off a terrible season, where they finished 4-12 and ended up with the 4th overall pick. Many people thought that trading away Julio would be a big mistake, but drafting Kyle Pitts could make up for that.

Kyle Pitts is the greatest tight end prospect in NFL history and rightfully so. He has incredible size and speed that creates matchup nightmares for opposing defenses. Many people are expecting him to have a big season and he probably will. 

Calvin Ridley stepped up huge for the Falcons last season and showed the franchise that he can be a WR1 and will be this season. The question is going to be the same for the Falcons, can their defense be able to hold a lead? Hopefully, with the development of AJ Terrell, their first-round pick in 2020, they can be able to make strides in the right direction

Falcons vs Titans Pick – Betting Odds

Right now the betting odds for this game are square even. Both teams are projected at -110 for the Moneyline, and the O/U is sitting at 38, with -110 odds for both the over and the under. These teams are both evenly matched, but I personally like the Titans in this one. I think they have a better defense and are more well-coached. 

Yes, I know that this is Arthur Smith’s first season as the Falcons head coach, but Mike Vrabel has been exceptional in his time at Tennessee and will find ways to win ballgames. The new-look offense for the Titans will probably not play more than 1 drive, if at all. But we can expect them to be one of the best in the AFC this season. 

Another bet I would take is going with the under of 38 points. In any preseason game, going with the under is always a safe bet. Not a lot of teams are putting their best squad out there and really use it to test plays and personnel. Scoring is not a priority as it is in the regular season, and the players know it too. Don’t expect a high-scoring game, that we could expect if these two teams played in the regular season. 

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