Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Tennessee Titans Betting Odds Preview - NFL Week 6

Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Tennessee Titans Betting Odds Preview - NFL Week 6

Week 6, Thursday Night Football, will feature the Pittsburgh Steelers at the Tennessee Titans. Both teams have experienced a fall from grace this season with weak records coming into this game. Neither team is very strong but both display glimmers of hope every now and then so a decent game this shall be. The Steelers have the better record at 2-2 while the Titans are 1-4. For Tennessee this game is more about salvaging a losing start to the season but for the Steelers this is a good opportunity to grab a should be win to stay in contention for a playoff spot.

The Titans have been trounced by the likes of New England, San Diego, Houston and Minnesota. Their only win was a 44-41 OT victory against Detroit in Week 3. Tennessee is ranked 16 in passing, 30 th in rushing, 25th for the pass defense and 28th against the run. QB Jake Locker still has a shoulder injury that will keep him out of this game. That will mean Matt Hasselback will get the start for the Titans. Hasselback had an awful day last Sunday against the Vikings going 26-of-43 for 200 yards, 1 TD and one interception. The Tennessee offense had 267 total yards last game; averaging 3.9 yards and the team took 10 penalties for 75 yards. Things are looking bleak for the Titans. They have scored an average of 17.6 points a game this season; that number being greatly helped by the score in Week 3.

Pittsburgh, on the other hand, grabbed a close victory over Philadelphia last weekend to keep their playoff hopes alive. In the dying seconds of the game Pittsburgh kicked a field goal to win. The Steelers will be looking to their 4th ranked passing defense and 11th ranked run defense to dominate Tennessee’s scoring hopes. They will have to perform without Troy Polamalu, who re-injured his right calf muscle. Also LB LaMarr Woodley will likely miss Thursday’s game re-injuring his hamstring this past weekend.

Offensively Pittsburgh seems to be healthy and their win against a tough Eagles defense says much about how they’ve been improving since the beginning of the season. Unfortunately Pittsburgh had a bit of trouble getting touchdowns last weekend and they waged their win with a successful field goal game. On the bright side, the Steelers’ run game was strong boasting 136 yards while they passed for 207 yards. The Steelers’ offensive line has looked solid keeping opponents off Roethlisberger, allowing only one sack in the past two games.

The favorite to win this game is Pittsburgh by 6 points with an over/under of 43 points. Pittsburgh has scored an average of 23.3 points per game and allowed an average of 22.3 points. Tennessee has given up an average of 36.2 points per game. Makes sense that Tennessee gives up their average points, or at least 30 points. Taking the over seems reasonable but the under bet is probably safer because Pittsburgh has not been apt to score 30 points this season and are 0-2 in away games this season suggesting they might perform poorly this week. Can Tennessee get more than 14 points to beat the 43 target? Except for the game against Detroit, the Titans have scored 7, 14, 10 and 13 points in their games this season. Probably the Titan’s offensive production will remain low. Pittsburgh to beat the spread does make sense.

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