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Steelers vs Titans Preview

Pittsburgh has bigger problems to worry about than their Week 4 loss at Houston - there is the little matter of Ben Roethlisberger's injured leg.

Expect the point spread to remain off the board early in the week as the Steelers host the Titans while Big Ben's status is clarified. Defensive end Aaron Smith (foot) and RB Rashard Mendenhall (hamstring) are also considered questionable.

The OVER is 7-2 in the past 9 meetings in Pittsburgh in an important game for Tennessee as they head for the bye in Week 6.

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Power Rankings / Prediction:
The game pits the Steelers, currently No. 10 in our OddsShark NFL Power Rankings, against the Titans, who rate No. 12 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and handicapping models run on this game predict a 26-16 victory for the Titans.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Pittsburgh's No. 27-ranked offense (16 PPG) against a Titans defense that ranks No. 1 at 14 PPG. The Steelers passing attack has averaged 265.5 yards per game, more than the Titans give up through the air (212 YPG on average).

In comparing defenses, the Titans own the league's No. 21-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 123.5 yards per game when on the road. Pittsburgh, on the other hand, rates No. 12 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

Last time out for Tennessee, they were a 31-13 winner as they battled the Browns on the road. The Titans covered in the match as a 2-point underdog, while 44 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. In their last game, the Titans got 3 passing scores out of Matt Hasselbeck en route to a 31-13 win over the Browns on Sunday at Cleveland Browns Stadium.

Pittsburgh was a 17-10 loser in its last match on the road against the Texans. They failed to cover the 4–point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 27 sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. In their last game, the Steelers were Week 4 losers coming out on the wrong end of 17-10 score against Houston.

Tennessee Titans Trends:
When playing in October are 5-5
When playing on grass are 4-6
After being outgained are 4-6
When playing outside the division are 5-5

Pittsburgh Steelers Trends:
When playing in October are 6-4
When playing on grass are 7-3
After being outgained are 8-2
When playing outside the division are 6-4

A few Titans at Steelers trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Tennessee's last 9 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
Tennessee is 11-5 SU in its last 16 games when playing Pittsburgh
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Tennessee's last 9 games when playing Pittsburgh
Tennessee is 5-10 ATS in its last 15 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Pittsburgh's last 9 games when playing at home against Tennessee
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Pittsburgh's last 8 games
Pittsburgh is 18-7 SU in its last 25 games

Next up:
Tennessee home to Houston, Sunday, October 23
Pittsburgh home to Jacksonville, Sunday, October 16

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