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NFL Preseason Betting: Green Bay Packers at Tennessee Titans

Added August 08, 2014 by Levi Watkins

Week One of NFL Preseason action concludes on Saturday with four games including a matchup between the Green Bay Packers and Tennessee Titans in Nashville. The Titans are coming off of a 7-9 season and have a first year head coach in Ken Whisenhunt. The Packers won the NFC North last year but did so in very disappointing fashion finishing with a record of 8-7-1. To their credit there was no panic in the offseason and everything is pretty much the same in Green Bay both on the field and among the coaching staff.

Much of preseason NFL handicapping involves looking for situations that have proven profitable in the long term. One of the best is to bet on a first year head coach in his home debut. That should have us looking at Tennessee here but we’ve got some serious concerns about Whisenhunt’s track record in preseason play. As head coach of the Arizona Cardinals he went 8-17 SU in the preseason including 0-4 SU in his first year at the helm. When it comes to the priority a coach places on preseason football there are few examples of one changing their philosophy. For that reason, the Titans offer little interest despite the historically strong situation.

The Packers might not have much urgency either but what they do have is experienced leadership. Mike McCarthy is the head coach and his top coordinators–Dom Capers and Tom Clements–have been around for awhile. Not only does this provide a steady hand on the controls but fluency with the system on both sides of the ball. That is in marked contrast to the Titans who are not only breaking in a new coaching staff but trying to implement a new defensive scheme. The Titans’ lack of familiarity with the new defense is made more problematic by a reliance on veteran players who won’t see much (if any) playing time here. A coach that doesn’t put an emphasis on preseason wins and losses plus inexperienced players trying to learn a new scheme isn’t exactly a ticket for success. The Packers might not have much urgency but they’ve got more upside than their hosts.


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