Titans vs. Steelers MNF Betting Preview & ATS Picks

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The Pittsburgh Steelers are going to be playing in their 11th game in a row to start the season on Monday Night Football when the take on the Tennessee Titans at LP Field. Pittsburgh, which will go on bye next week, is -6 on the road. The ‘total’ has opened up this week at 47.

STEELERS – TITANS MNF POINT SPREAD WEEK 11 2014:

OPEN: STEELERS -6 | CURRENT: STEELERS -6 | O/U: 47
 

1. Why the STEELERS will cover the spread: The Titans have dropped three games in a row, and they really don’t look comfortable offensively at all. The Pittsburgh defense hasn’t been fantastic statistically, but it has been getting after the passer, something that could cause some real problems for rookie QB Zach Mettenberger in his first primetime start.

You also have to think that last week’s loss to the New York Jets was a bit of an anomaly, as the Steelers are favored by more points now than they were last week against New York when they were handed their first setback in nearly a month.


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2. Why the TITANS will cover the spread: Teams get tired when they have to play three consecutive months of games without a bye week, and we wonder if we saw some of that last week with the Steelers in New York. That said, Pittsburgh just hasn’t been good on the road this year. The win over the Carolina Panthers is looking worse and worse with each passing loss for QB Cam Newton and the gang, and there are three-touchdown losses in the mix as well against the Cleveland Browns and the Baltimore Ravens.

QB Ben Roethlisberger just isn’t the same guy away from Heinz Field that he is at home. In fact, he had more touchdown passes in those two games against the Ravens and the Indianapolis Colts than the entire Pittsburgh team has had in five road games this season.


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3. Total Talk STEELERS/TITANS: After playing three straight ‘over’ contests, the Steelers came back to earth last week with an ‘under’ game that was never even all that close to the number. In fact, Pittsburgh has been a much different team for ‘total’ bettors at home (5-0 towards the ‘over’) than it has been on the road (4-1 towards the ‘under’). Tennessee has played three of its last four games ‘under’ the number, though the ‘total’ is only 1-1 in games in which Mettenberger has started.

4. Betting Trends for STEELERS/TITANS: There’s a lot of recent history between these two, but there aren’t a lot of trends from that. Pittsburgh has been the favored team in each of the last two meetings in this series, but it has been beaten in each of those games SU. Last year, the Titans came on the road and held the Steelers without a touchdown in a 16-9 victory. We don’t see that same sort of result this time around, as we think this has the potential to be a slightly higher scoring game than that, but in the end, taking the points is still probably a good call.

STEELERS – TITANS MNF PREDICTION 2014:

Steelers 23 – Titans 20


Mike Rose

Mike Rose

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MIke Rose is a leading sports writer for top sports betting news websites across the internet. Feel free to follow him at http://twitter.com/MikeRose77 and Google+ .