Carolina (8-0) at Tennessee (2-6)
When: Sunday, November 15th 2015
Where: Nissan Stadium, Nashville, TN
Time: 1:00 ET | TV: FOX
The Carolina Panthers are the only unbeaten team left in the NFC and they look to keep that going Sunday when they visit the Titans in Nashville. Carolina held off Green Bay last week 37-29 after having a 23-point lead. The defense held and the Panthers have their best start in franchise history. Carolina totaled 427 yards against the Packers and Cam Newton accounted for four touchdowns including one on the ground. That marks the 29th time in his career he has thrown and ran for a touchdown in the same game. Newton and running back Jonathan Stewart are making up for a lack of big play receivers by giving the Panthers the top-ranked rushing attack in the league. Carolina’s defense has been solid and has forced 18 turnovers – fourth-most in the league – including six in the last two games. The Panthers own a comfortable 2.5 game lead in the NFC South and are two games clear in the race for the number one seed.
As bad as Tennessee has been, they’re only a game and a half out of the playoffs thanks to the awful AFC South. The Titans got back on the winning side of things last week when they won at New Orleans 34-28. Tennessee owns the league’s 28th ranked offense, but it looked great last week in Marcus Mariota’s first game since interim coach Mike Mularkey took over. The Titans’ 483 total yards were a season high as Mariota spread the ball to eight different receivers and running back Antonio Andrews rushed for a career-best 88 yards on 19 carries. Mariota threw for 371 yards and four touchdowns, two of them to Delanie Walker. The defense has been terrific this year against the pass ranking 3rd in the league and seems to have sorted out some of its issues stopping the run, having held two straight opponents to 61 yards or fewer on the ground. An upset win today would set up an important Thursday night matchup at Jacksonville next week.
The Titans are winless at home this season and have lost nine straight in Nashville overall, but their defense is good enough to keep a Carolina team, who can’t seem to hold big leads, in check enough to keep it close. The way this NFL season is going, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Titans win.
Pick: Titans +4