New England has more defensive depth and talent than on offense. Over their last five preseason games, the Patriots defense has allowed 14 points per game. And in the preseason finale, the offense has nothing to prove after a 21-17 win at Green Bay last week. In Week 3 of the preseason in 2022, they lost 23-6 at Las Vegas. Tennessee also has more defensive depth than on offense and they're not going to risk injuries to quarterback Ryan Tannehill, RB Derrick Henry, and free agent prize WR DeAndre Hopkins. The backup QBs are Malik Willis and rookie Will Levis. Pats coach Bill Belichick is 51-39 straight up in preseason while Mike Vrable has a losing August record. This shapes up as a contest with more punts and field goals than explosive offensive plays, so back the visiting underdog in a defensive duel. Play New England as a Max Play, and the UNDER as a Max Play.
This pick was released to clients on August 25, 2023 at 5:04PM ET.
New England at Tennessee
August 25, 2023
8:15 PM Eastern
2 units on New England +2 (-110) (risk 2 to return 3.82)
2 units on Game Total UNDER 38.5 -110 (risk 2 to return 3.82)
New England Patriots
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