Tennessee Titans Vs. Pittsburgh Steelers Betting Odds And Analysis

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The Tennessee Titans have not been the same without RB Derrick Henry, but they have won three out of their last five. Pittsburgh has seen a promising 5-3 start devolve into a 6-6-1 record, but the Steelers tend to put up a heck of a fight which is probably why they are only two-point underdogs to the Titans this week.

Here is the rest of the analysis with betting odds for Sunday’s game.

Titans Vs. Steelers Betting Odds

SPORTSBOOKPOINT SPREADMONEYLINETOTAL
DraftKingsTitans -2 (-110)
Steelers +2 (-110)
Titans -125
Steelers +105
Over 41.5 (-110)
Under 41.5 (-110)
BetMGMTitans -2 (-110)
Steelers +2 (-110)
Titans -125
Steelers +105
Over 41.5 (-110)
Under 41.5 (-110)
CaesarsTitans -1.5 (-110)
Steelers +1.5 (-110)
Titans -125
Steelers +105
Over 41.5 (-110)
Under 41.5 (-110)
FanDuelTitans -1.5 (-110)
Steelers +1.5 (-110)
Titans -126
Steelers +108
Over 41.5 (-110)
Under 41.5 (-110)

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Opportunistic Titans Need A Few Breaks To Go Their Way

The running game has not recovered from the loss of Henry, but the Titans have found ways to win despite the offense struggling to produce.

Against the Los Angeles Rams, the Tennessee offense failed to gain 200 yards, but it capitalized on the Rams’ mistakes and did enough to win. A turnover and defense won the day against the Saints. Four second-half interceptions helped seal the win against the Jaguars.

As for their two losses since Henry got injured, you should lose when you throw four interceptions as Ryan Tannehill did against the Texans. Against a Patriots team that does not make mistakes and plays excellent defense, the Titans were doomed before the game even started.

The running game has gone for 100+ yards in each of the last three games (103, 270, and 102 yards), but the passing game has struggled. Losing A.J. Brown hurts, and the Julio Jones acquisition has not paid off quite like the team hoped it would.

With how the Titans have played since losing Henry, a team with a defense like Pittsburgh’s is not something Tennessee wants to face, but injuries and sloppy play have impacted the Steelers season, too, which might make Pittsburgh exactly the kind of team the Titans want to see. 

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Now Or Never For The Pittsburgh Steelers?

The season has not gone quite as well as the Steelers had hoped it would, but they have played well enough to remain within striking distance of a wild card spot. If a few things go their way, Pittsburgh could still win the AFC North, but with four games remaining, there is no more room for error. That means they must beat the Titans.

If they can play as they did in the second half against the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday Night Football last week for a whole game it will be a piece of cake. Once the offense got moving about midway through the third quarter, it didn’t stop. RB Najee Harris became a wrecking ball, QB Ben Roethlisberger looked 10 years younger, and the offensive line did its job.

The two interceptions by the defense certainly helped, and could be the nail in the coffin to an offense like the Titans. With Tennessee needing to pass more since it can’t run the ball well without Henry, the opportunity to make those interceptions will likely be there.

But if the Titans can exploit the Steelers’ run defense like Minnesota RB Dalvin Cook did last week Pittsburgh could be in trouble. If Tennessee can lean on the run game rather than the passing game, the Steelers may not get the opportunity to force Tannehill into making a few bad throws.

Tennessee does not have a running back anywhere close to Cook’s caliber on the active roster, but if DE T.J. Watt cannot play, the Titan offense may not need such a guy. Watt left last week’s game early due to a groin injury but is expected to play this week.

Betting Analysis

The Titans have become reliant on forcing opposing teams to make mistakes, which the Steelers seem to be doing a lot this year. But when Pittsburgh is not making mistakes, the Steelers can play excellent football.

So, the question is this: What version of each team will show up this week? Can Tennessee run the ball, open things up in the passing game, and keep the Pittsburgh offense in check? Or will Big Ben get the Steeler offense on track early, not turn the ball over, and roll to an easy win?