The Jake Locker era begins in Tennessee as the Titans play host to Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in Week 1.
How about that baptism by fire for Locker? He gets to go head-to-head with one of the best quarterbacks of all-time.
Luckily for him, the Patriots had the league’s worst passing defense last season and will likely be near the bottom again this year. New England has never really been known for their defensive might, let’s be honest.
Locker won the starting job over Matt Hasselbeck and he could surprise a lot of doubters this season. The Titans finally have some weapons on the offensive side of the ball.
Many are expecting Chris Johnson to bounce back with a huge season in 2012 after holding out and ultimately disappointing throughout last year. He bulked up over the offseason and his coaching staff is raving about his performances in training camp and preseason.
The Titans also just drafted Kendall Wright and he’ll join up with Nate Washington and Jared Cook to give Locker some viable options to look toward. Kenny Britt has been suspended for Week 1 because of his recent arrest.
In all, there’s no reason to expect Tennessee not to move the chains against New England’s leaky defense. The only worry will be being able to keep up with Brady and company on the scoreboard.
Few teams can stop the Patriots offense and, though the Titans own a young and improving defensive unit, they’re still going to have immense troubles slowing down New England.
The NFL odds have been posted for all of Week 1’s games and the Patriots are holding at least six-point chalk at most of the sportsbooks.
That seems like a fair number, but don’t count out the Titans at home.