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Expect Offensive Fireworks When Titans Host Pittsburgh

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Two of the NFL’s three remaining unbeaten teams will take the field Sunday in Nashville when the Steelers (5-0 SU, 4-1 ATS) visit Tennessee (5-0, 2-3). Both teams have scored at least 38 points in each of their last two games and are a combined 7-3 to the OVER this season.

Pittsburgh Steelers vs Tennessee Titans
  • Date/Time: October 25, 1 p.m. ET
  • Stadium: Nissan Stadium
  • TV Coverage: CBS
  • Opening Odds: Titans -1.5 | O/U 51.5 (Line History)
  • Steelers vs Titans Matchup Report

Opening Odds Analysis

The Titans may have opened as the favorite, but the Steelers are likely going to be the team laying points by kickoff. Early money has been all over Pittsburgh, moving the Steelers to -1.5 at most sportsbooks as of Tuesday morning. Tennessee is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games as a home underdog.

Pittsburgh News & Notes

A week after shutting down one of the NFL’s top rushing attacks, the Steelers set their sights on another. In Sunday’s 38-7 victory, Pittsburgh held Cleveland to just 75 yards on the ground, 113 fewer yards than the Browns were averaging per game on the season. That bodes well for Pittsburgh against a Tennessee attack that ran for more than 250 yards last week against the Texans.

That defense is a big reason why the Steelers have thrived on the road against quality opponents lately, covering six of their last seven road games vs teams with winning records. Pittsburgh has gone UNDER the total in eight of its last nine games away from home.

However, Pittsburgh’s run defense won’t be at full strength this week – or for the rest of the season – after inside linebacker Devin Bush tore his ACL in the second quarter against Cleveland. The second-year star was Pittsburgh’s defensive play-caller and had played every single defensive snap prior to the injury.

Tennessee News & Notes

There’s been no shortage of fireworks lately at Nissan Stadium, where an average of nearly 60 points have been scored in the Titans’ last nine games. Many of them have been scored by the hosts, who have cracked the 30-point plateau in five of their last seven home dates. Tennessee has gone OVER the total in eight of its last nine at home, going 7-2 SU and 6-3 ATS during that span.

Running back Derrick Henry rumbled for 212 yards last week against Houston, continuing his stellar play in Nashville. Henry is averaging 5.3 yards per carry and has four touchdowns in the Titans’ three home games this season.

If the Titans are going to light up the scoreboard again this week, they might have to do it without a couple of key cogs in the lineup. Three-time All-Pro left tackle Taylor Lewan announced Monday that he is out for the season with a torn ACL, while tight end Jonnu Smith is dealing with a minor ankle sprain and is listed as questionable for this week. Tennessee should have wide receiver Corey Davis available, however, as he returns off the reserve/COVID-19 list.

Betting Pick: OVER 51.5

Both of these offenses are on fire right now and I’m anticipating another high-scoring affair in what should be an extremely competitive game. The Titans have surrendered at least 30 points in three of their last four games, while Pittsburgh’s run defense could be vulnerable in its first game without Bush.

Shark Bites
  • Tennessee is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 home games as a dog.
  • The OVER is 8-1 in Tennessee’s last 9 home games.
  • The OVER is 6-1 in Pittsburgh’s last 7 games at Tennessee.