Can the Tennessee Titans survive without Derrick Henry? A number of pundits are already counting them out after the NFL’s leading rusher was shelved with a foot injury. The Titans are more than Henry, though, and they’ll get a chance to show they can win without him when they visit the Los Angeles Rams for the Week 9 Sunday Night Football contest.
And speaking of the Rams they were in the news cycle this week acquiring Von Miller to strengthen the defense. Early lines had the Rams as a 4-point favorite with the number doubling after the news surfaced.
The NFL Week 9 matchup between the Tennessee Titans and Los Angeles Rams will take place at SoFi Stadium at 8:20 p.m. ET on Sunday, November 7, 2021 and will be televised on NBC.
Tennessee Titans vs Los Angeles Rams Odds
Tennessee Titans +8 | Los Angeles Rams -8 [BET NOW]
Tennessee Titans vs Los Angeles Rams Money Line
Tennessee Titans +296 | Los Angeles Rams -370 [BET NOW]
Tennessee Titans vs Los Angeles Rams Over/Under
Over/Under 53.5 [BET NOW]
We all know injuries have an impact on betting lines and the Titans have a big one with Henry out for the foreseeable future and possibly the rest of the season. Toss in the Rams dealing for one of the premiere pass rushers and we saw the spread go nuts. LA was a 4-point favorite on the early line with that number wagered to LA -8 when the news broke.
Rams backers were handed a bad beat last week in the win over Houston. Favored by 17-points for a second straight game, they led 38-0 entering the fourth quarter only to watch the Texans get the back door cover by scoring 22 points in the frame. LA failed to cover the week prior against Detroit dropping to 4-4 ATS. The Titans won their fourth in a row SU and ATS beating Indy outright as a 3-point dog. They are 4-0 SU and ATS when catching points on the closing line.
Injuries are a part of the game, but when a guy like Henry goes down there’s plenty of concern about the direction of the team. Henry led the NFL in rushing the previous two seasons and was leading again this year by nearly 300 yards over the next closest player. That production will be hard to replace, but the club signed one of the most productive backs in league history for additional depth. Adrian Peterson joined the team and is expected to play on Sunday, likely splitting snaps with Jeremy McNichols.
The run game is a big part of who the Titans are. They rank fourth in the NFL with an average of 147.6 yards per game with Henry accounting for nearly 80 percent of the team’s yardage. With 937 yards on the year he was on pace for nearly 2,000. And Henry also led the league with 10 rushing touchdowns. Since the start of the 2019 season the Titans are 18-3 when Henry rushes for at least 100 yards. They are just 8-10 when he fails to reach triple-digits.
The pressure to carry the offense now falls on the shoulders of Ryan Tannehill. The former Dolphin resurrected his career in Tennessee and is having a decent season with over 2,000 yards passing and 10 touchdowns. But taking over as the focal point of the offense instead of handing the ball to Henry 30 times a game changes things. He’s been sacked the second-most times and has tossed seven picks.
Los Angeles Rams
One thing the Rams can’t afford to do is breathe a sigh of relief knowing they won’t have to stop Henry. There are 53 professional football players on the other team and they’re all waiting for a chance to show what they can do. If anything LA should’ve learned from last week’s outing. While they were never in danger of losing the game after building a 38-0 lead, they took their foot off the gas allowing the Texans to score 22 points in the fourth quarter to get the backdoor cover.
Through three quarters the Rams looked great, especially Matthew Stafford. The team made a splash during the offseason acquiring Stafford from Detroit and the move has paid off. Stafford threw for 305 yards and three touchdowns in three quarters taking a seat for the final 15 minutes. Behind Stafford’s 2,477 yards and 22 touchdown passes, the Rams have the fourth-best passing attack and score the fifth-most points.
The Rams haven’t been as dominant defensively as they were last season, but that could change with the addition of Miller. With the championship window wide open the Rams are going for it. Miller may not play on Sunday, but the group has been better during the four-game winning streak allowing an average of just over 17 points.
Titans vs Rams Predictions
It will take some time for the Titans to redefine who they are without Henry. That first game is always difficult and facing a team as strong as the Rams isn’t the most ideal situation. And I have to believe LA took valuable notes from last week’s game. They have to finish and I expect they will on Sunday with a cover.
Prediction: Los Angeles Rams -8 and UNDER 53.5