5 reasons why the Cardinals will beat the Titans in Week 1

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Reason No. 2

Collins has a stellar performance

Tennessee has had issues with COVID-19 and other instances that have limited their starters all working together. Zaven Collins, Arizona’s first-round selection in this year’s draft, has already shown that he can get behind the opposing offensive line quickly. Tennessee, as of Thursday, still hasn’t named a starting right tackle, with three players all being “tied” for the starting role.

J.J. Watt will command a double team, creating a one-on-one opportunity for Collins in whichever gap Vance Joseph puts him in charge of. Joseph loves to blitz, and PFF ranked Tennessee’s offensive line the worst in pass blocking last season.

So look for the pressure to come from Collins, who will at least have one sack and many stops of Henry at the line of scrimmage.

Reason No. 3

Lateral quickness of the Cardinals will zap Titans defense

As much as the lateral offense last year annoyed many Cardinals fans, this year, it may be different- thanks to the addition of Rondale Moore, the team’s second-round draft pick out of Purdue. Moore has shown that he can run jet motions, be used as an effective decoy (something that Kyler Murray can improve upon) in carrying out fakes, and also has the physicality to lower his shoulder when he has the ball.

Tennessee hasn’t played someone who’s as spry and agile as Moore since they faced off against Tyreek Hill and the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2019 AFC Championship game. Moore’s physicality and “under the radar” nature will result in open targets and plenty of yards after the catch (YAC).

A safe stat line for Moore would be 5 catches for 67 yards and 1 touchdown grab.