Titans vs. Eagles predictions: Staff picks for Week 13

Our staff makes its picks and predictions for the Titans’ Week 13 game versus the Eagles.

The Tennessee Titans will play arguably their most important game of the 2022 regular season on Sunday when they visit the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field in Week 13.

For starters, the Titans are trying to shake the notion they can’t beat the NFL’s better teams, as Tennessee is just 1-3 against teams with a winning record this season.

That lone victory came against a Washington Commanders team that ended the Eagles’ undefeated season, but the Commanders didn’t have Taylor Heinicke under center and were 1-3 at the time.

Less important for the Titans’ overall outlook but still important to fans and the player himself, A.J. Brown will be playing his first game against his old team.

While sportsbooks have the Eagles favored going into this game, there were actually a good amount of experts from different media outlets picking the Titans to win.

Let’s see what our staff thinks will happen on Sunday.

3 key matchups to watch in Titans-Eagles Week 13 battle

Shaun Calderon lists his three key matchups to watch in the Week 13 game between the Titans and Eagles.

The Tennessee Titans (7-4) are just a little more than 24 hours away from their massive showdown against the Philadelphia Eagles (10-1) in Week 13.

There are plenty of dramatic storylines surrounding this game between two teams that will likely be playing playoff football next month.

Outside of all that, the Titans are trying to prove to their fans and themselves that they’re capable of beating a legitimate contender. Tennessee only has one win on the year over a team with a winning record.

That lone victory also comes with an asterisk, as it was prior to the Washington Commanders’ quarterback change when the team was 1-3.

Regardless of all this, Tennessee has an incredible opportunity in front of itself to change that narrative.

Should the Titans beat a 10-1 Eagles team on Sunday, it will not only be a confidence booster going forward, but it will also be a statement win that validates Tennessee’s legitimacy to the rest of the league.

However, beating the best team in the NFL, on the road, is much easier said than done. With all that said, let’s take a closer look at three key matchups that will undoubtedly play a large role in deciding Sunday’s outcome.

Conference championship game Buckeyes Wire predictions

We keep things going with our weekly picks and predictions with our writers selecting the winners of the top six conference championship games.

Ohio State may be sitting at home after losing to Michigan for the second straight year, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some quality games on tap for this weekend with all the conference championship games going on. In fact, if you are still rooting for the Buckeyes to get into the College Football Playoff (and why wouldn’t you), you should be closely tuned to things, especially with what’s happening in Las Vegas with the Pac-12 Championship game. Root for a USC loss and Ohio State is most likely in all of the fun again.

But there’s more than that. Every year (and every week of the season) we have a little friendly competition among our writers for world domination when it comes to picking Big Ten and some of the bigger college football games.

With the conference relegated to just one game now with the Big Ten Championship game in Indy between Michigan and Purdue, we change gears a little bit and make our predictions and picks against the spread and straight up for all of the conference championship games.

So, who will take home trophies this weekend? Here’s how we see things, but of the “pick six” variety of the six most-followed championship games.

As a reminder, if there’s an asterisk next to the pick, that means the team will win, but not cover. If there is a tie, rather than have a cage match or old-fashioned duel, we’ll settle it with less violence and go with the tried, yet true, coin flip where George Washington has the say.

EXAMPLE:
– If you think Ohio State will win minus-3.5 over an opponent: OSU
– If you think Ohio State will win outright: OSU
– If you think Ohio State will win, but NOT cover: OSU*

Get more betting analysis and predictions at Sportsbook Wire.

Here are our expert picks for a conference championship week, but first, here are the results so far, before all the bowl games which will get involved with as well.

Titans host free-agent DE Tarell Basham for visit

The Titans hosted free-agent DE Tarell Basham for a visit on Friday.

The Tennessee Titans hosted free-agent defensive end Tarell Basham for a visit on Friday, according to the league’s transactions wire.

A former third-round pick of the Indianapolis Colts, Basham spent a season-plus in Indy before being waived and claimed by the New York Jets. After two-plus seasons there, Basham was signed by the Dallas Cowboys.

In 2021, Basham tallied 39 tackles (three for loss), 3.5 sacks and 11 QB hits in 17 games (six starts). He appeared in just two games for Dallas in 2022 before being waived, but did not record a stat.

The Titans are set to not have Denico Autry for yet another game after he sat out in Week 12. Hopefully their interest in Basham is just the team doing due diligence on a depth option and not a sign that Autry is set to miss more time.

The Titans will return to the field on Sunday when they take on the Philadelphia Eagles.

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Titans vs. Eagles final injury report: 3 ruled out for Tennessee

The Titans have ruled out three and listed two others as questionable for Sunday.

The Tennessee Titans held their final practice of the week on Friday in preparation for their business trip to Philadelphia to take on the Eagles.

Friday’s also come with official injury designations, which gives us some clarity as to where everyone’s availability is trending for Sunday.

Ahead of the release of the injury reports, Titans head coach Mike Vrabel announced that three players had been ruled out: defensive lineman Denico Autry, cornerback Elijah Molden and wide receiver Cody Hollister.

For Autry, it’s his second missed game in a row and his timeline to return remains up in the air. Molden has missed much of the season with a nagging groin injury, something he spoke about after Friday’s practice.

The good news is center Ben Jones has been cleared from the concussion protocol and will suit up on Sunday. Jones has missed the last two games, and his absence has been noticeable.

When it comes to the Eagles, the biggest storyline to watch for them will be whether or not rookie defender Jordan Davis is activated to the Eagles’ 53-man roster ahead of Sunday.

“[Davis has] had a good week so far,” head coach Nick Sirianni said Friday. “Obviously don’t have to make a decision yet. I don’t tell you guys about that stuff yet. But he’s looking good. He’s looking good and we’re hopeful.”

Now that all that’s been covered, let’s take a closer look at who’s in, who’s out, and whose status is still up in the air as we inch closer to Sunday.

Titans film study: The REAL reason Tennessee lost to the Bengals

Tyler Rowland dives into the film to break down the Titans’ red zone struggles in Week 12.

The Tennessee Titans lost to the Cincinnati Bengals for a third time in a row, and to put it lightly, it sucked.

The Bengals came out and beat the Titans at their own game with physicality at the line of scrimmage and a great game plan. The Bengals made more individual plays and came up with clutch conversions late.

And yet, I still feel like the Titans had plenty of chances to win that game. They were never entirely outmatched. When the games are tight like that and you lose, you go looking for answers; what happened?

Well, of course you can blame the defensive plan that consistently put the cornerbacks on an island, or the lack of pass rush. You can, of course, blame the run game that vanished, or the offensive line that got moved around all day.

And you would be justified because, hey, football is a team game, but none of those were the biggest issue. The biggest issue is clear: red zone offense.

The Titans scored zero touchdowns in three trips. What had previously been a strength for the Titans throughout the season suddenly became a weakness.

The Titans had a top-three red zone offense coming into the game, so to see the Titans go 0-3 in that area was not only frustrating, but it ultimately was the difference in the outcome.

So, we know WHAT happened — the Titans didn’t score in the red area — but now we ask: why?

As we always do, let’s dive into the film and see how it all went down…

Titans vs. Eagles predictions: NFL experts make Week 13 picks

How experts see things going between the Titans and Eagles in Week 13.

The Tennessee Titans and Philadelphia Eagles are set to meet in Week 13 at Lincoln Financial Field in a game that will see wide receiver A.J. Brown facing off with his former team for the first time.

In what is a surprise to nobody, the Eagles are favored to win this game. Per Tipico Sportsbook, Philly is a 4.5-point home favorite over Tennessee, with the over/under set at 44.5.

Philly was actually a slightly bigger favorite to start the week, with the initial spread being at 5.5. Barring an unforeseen Titans or Eagles injury, we don’t see that spread moving much more over the next few days.

Being the underdog has been a situation the Titans have thrived in during the Mike Vrabel era, with Tennessee having won 21 such contests in that span, the most in the NFL.

With it clear who sportsbooks are favoring to win this game, it’s now time to turn to various NFL experts and see what they’re predicting will happen.

High School Esports 2022 fall regional/state rankings: Final regular-season ‘Hearthstone’ standings

Final regular-season top 10 teams in each region for fall 2022 “Hearthstone.”

The 2022 high school esports fall regular season has come to an end, with competitive gaming teams across North America closing out the head-to-head matchups on the PlayVS platform.

It’s been an exciting inaugural e-kickoff for USA TODAY High School Sports and PlayVS, creating the first regional and state rankings from the platform’s competitive games—ones officially recognized by the NFHS Network and state associations.

As the competition now moves to the 2022 championships, here are the final regular-season “Hearthstone” teams at the top in each region/state.

Hearthstone: 2022 Regular-Season Final

League: Central Region – High School – Hearthstone

1. Westside High School (Neb.): Westside Hearthstone 2

2. Westside High School (Neb.): Westside Hearthstone 1

3. Rogers New Technology High School (Ark.): Hearth Wolves A

4. North Rock Creek (Okla.): North Rock Creek Hearthstone (Alpha)

5. Kearney Sr High School (Neb.): Shuffled

6. Vanguard College Preparatory School (Texas): Vanguard HS

7. Riverside High School (Ark.): StoneRebels

8. Biloxi High School (Miss.): Biloxi Red Squadron

9. Pearl High School (Miss.): Pearl High School Esports

10. Ardmore High School (Okla.): Ardmore Tiger Gaming

League: Eastern Region – High School – Hearthstone

1. East Kentwood High School (Mich.): East Kentwood High School

2. Maclay School (Fla.): Marauders HS

3. Harlan County High School (Ky.): Wish this was Yugioh

4. Bloomfield Hills High School (Mich.): Bloomfield Hills Black Hawks

5. Cortland Junior-Senior High School (N.Y.): Cortland Purple Tigers II: Arcade Remix Hyper EX + α Edition

6. Xavier High School (Conn.): Falcons

7. Advanced Technology Center (Va.): The Card Handlers

8. Heritage High School (Va.): Heritage HS Cardbackers

9. Landstown High School (Va.): Stone Cold Eagles

10. North Fort Myers High School (Fla.): Red Knightmare

League: Mountain Region – High School – Hearthstone

1. Viewmont High School (Utah): Hearth Breakers

2. Santa Susana High (Calif.): Santa Su Troubadours

3. Las Cruces High School (N.M.): LCHS Hearthstone Red

4. Bishop Montgomery High School (Calif.): Knights of Azeroth

5. Organ Mountain High School (N.M.): OMHS Hearthstone Varsity

6. Hobbs High School (N.M.): Hobbs Var Hearthstone

7. Manzano High School (N.M.): Monarchs A – Hearthstone

8. Fort Bragg High School (Calif.): Gamer Wolves

t-9. Moreau Catholic High School (Calif.): Hearthstone Team #1

t-9. Thunder Mountain High School (Alaska): Falcons

High School Esports 2022 fall regional/state rankings: Final regular-season ‘Hearthstone’ standings

Final regular-season top 10 teams in each region for fall 2022 “Hearthstone.”

The 2022 high school esports fall regular season has come to an end, with competitive gaming teams across North America closing out the head-to-head matchups on the PlayVS platform.

It’s been an exciting inaugural e-kickoff for USA TODAY High School Sports and PlayVS, creating the first regional and state rankings from the platform’s competitive games—ones officially recognized by the NFHS Network and state associations.

As the competition now moves to the 2022 championships, here are the final regular-season “Hearthstone” teams at the top in each region/state.

Hearthstone: 2022 Regular-Season Final

League: Central Region – High School – Hearthstone

1. Westside High School (Neb.): Westside Hearthstone 2

2. Westside High School (Neb.): Westside Hearthstone 1

3. Rogers New Technology High School (Ark.): Hearth Wolves A

4. North Rock Creek (Okla.): North Rock Creek Hearthstone (Alpha)

5. Kearney Sr High School (Neb.): Shuffled

6. Vanguard College Preparatory School (Texas): Vanguard HS

7. Riverside High School (Ark.): StoneRebels

8. Biloxi High School (Miss.): Biloxi Red Squadron

9. Pearl High School (Miss.): Pearl High School Esports

10. Ardmore High School (Okla.): Ardmore Tiger Gaming

League: Eastern Region – High School – Hearthstone

1. East Kentwood High School (Mich.): East Kentwood High School

2. Maclay School (Fla.): Marauders HS

3. Harlan County High School (Ky.): Wish this was Yugioh

4. Bloomfield Hills High School (Mich.): Bloomfield Hills Black Hawks

5. Cortland Junior-Senior High School (N.Y.): Cortland Purple Tigers II: Arcade Remix Hyper EX + α Edition

6. Xavier High School (Conn.): Falcons

7. Advanced Technology Center (Va.): The Card Handlers

8. Heritage High School (Va.): Heritage HS Cardbackers

9. Landstown High School (Va.): Stone Cold Eagles

10. North Fort Myers High School (Fla.): Red Knightmare

League: Mountain Region – High School – Hearthstone

1. Viewmont High School (Utah): Hearth Breakers

2. Santa Susana High (Calif.): Santa Su Troubadours

3. Las Cruces High School (N.M.): LCHS Hearthstone Red

4. Bishop Montgomery High School (Calif.): Knights of Azeroth

5. Organ Mountain High School (N.M.): OMHS Hearthstone Varsity

6. Hobbs High School (N.M.): Hobbs Var Hearthstone

7. Manzano High School (N.M.): Monarchs A – Hearthstone

8. Fort Bragg High School (Calif.): Gamer Wolves

t-9. Moreau Catholic High School (Calif.): Hearthstone Team #1

t-9. Thunder Mountain High School (Alaska): Falcons

Titans’ reasons for optimism, concern going into Week 13

The Titans have plenty of reasons for concern ahead of a Week 13 matchup against the Eagles.

The Tennessee Titans are facing the unenviable task of having to go into Lincoln Financial Field in Week 13 to take on a team with the NFL’s best record, the Philadelphia Eagles.

After reeling off eight-straight wins to start the season, the Eagles dropped their first game to the Washington Commanders in Week 10 but have since bounced back with a pair of victories to move to 10-1.

Meanwhile, the Titans are coming off a tough loss to the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 12, but Tennessee remains in firm control of the AFC South and is now more focused on playoff seeding than anything else.

If the Titans want to be serious contenders in the playoffs, they have to start beating the best of the best, something the team has yet to do in 2022 after thriving in those situations in the regular season in recent years.

The Eagles are the Titans’ latest test, and with that test comes plenty of reasons for concern.