Tennessee Titans (0-2) vs Pittsburgh Steelers (1-1)Date : 08/25/2018
Time : 4:00 pm EST
Location : Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Tennessee Titans vs Pittsburgh Steelers
The Tennessee Titans will travel to Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to take on the Steelers on Saturday at 4:00 pm EST for a week 2 NFL preseason matchup. Both teams are coming off embarrassing loss with the Steelers dropping a contest to the Green Bay Packers by a 51-34 score on 8-16-2018 to where the Packers would cover the spread (-6) while the over was the play with the total being set at 43 points. The Titans would also lose, but, at home by a 30-14 score at the hands of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on 8-18-2018 as the Bucs would cover the spread (+3) as underdogs while the over was the play with the total being set at 43 points for the game. This game will pit a Steelers offense that is ranked 7th in total yards per game (358) while averaging 32.5 ppg (2nd) against a Titans defensive unit that is allowing 437 yards per game (32nd) while surrendering an average of 31 ppg (29th). On the other hand, the Titans offense, ranked 14th in the league thus far, is averaging 321 yards per game while putting up 16 points per game (28th) against a Steelers D allowing 341 yards per game (22nd) while surrendering 33 points per game (30th). This matchup essentially will come down to which team would like to stop the other from scoring.
Tennessee Titans's Latest Performance :
Tennessee racked up 19 first downs while having 90 rush yards along with 250 pass yards in their 30-14 home loss versus the Bucs on 8-18-2018 while were 2 of 4 inside the red zone for the night. Blaine Gabbert was 10/16 for 116 yards and a TD while Marcus Mariota was 4/7 for 80 yards and a TD also. Luke Falk would also go 8/12 for 64 yards in the loss. Daylin Dawkins would pace the rushing attack with 11 runs for 32 yards while Taywan Taylor and Akrum Wadley would combine for 7 catches for 124 yards total with 2 TD’s by Taylor.
Defensively, the Titans would give up 21 first downs to the Bucs while allowing 64 yards rushing along with 365 yards passing. The Bucs were also 2 of 4 inside the red zone. Jaylen Brown would have a sack for the defense along with 5 tackles for the game while LeShaun Sims would have 4 tackles in the game with Darren Bates, Kendrick Lewis, and Demontre Hurts having 3 tackles apiece.
Pittsburgh Steelers's Latest Performance :
The Pittsburgh D allowing the Packers to obtain 22 first downs in their 51-34 loss on 8-16-2018 while also giving up 77 rushing yards while allowing 280 yards in the air as well as 3 out of 4 conversion rate within the red zone for the game. Bud Dupree and L.J Fort, however, would step up for the defense with a sack apiece while Morgan Burnett would also have a sack in the game. Fort would also lead the defense with 4 tackles while Artie Burns and Jon Bostic would combine for 6 tackles.
The offense, on the other hand, would get 20 first downs in the loss while having 151 yards rushing while also racking up 219 yards passing. They would also go 3 for 3 inside the red zone on the Packer defense. Joshua Dobbs would go 12/18 for 192 yards along with 2 TD’s and an INT in the loss while Mason Rudolph would go 5/12 for 47 yards, 1 TD, and an INT. James Conner would lead the rushing attack with 5 rushes for 57 yards and a TD while Jaylen Samuels would also get 9 rushes for 38 yards and a touchdown for the Steelers. Joshua Dobbs also rushed 5 times for 27 yards total. James Washington would lead the receiving corps in this matchup as he would have 5 catches for 114 yards and 2 TD’s while Damoun Patterson would have 3 catches for 35 yards. The Steelers would hold the ball for 27:17 while the Packers would have a possession time of 32:43 for the game.
How Tennessee Titans & Pittsburgh Steelers Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
Needless to say, one could conclude that it is not so much the loss at Green Bay in week 2, but, the way in which to Steelers lost the game, in general. The Pack hung 34 points on the Steelers in the 1st half while Pittsburgh starters were still taking snaps, and would dominate the game, overall, by game’s end. This matchup will be an interesting one in that one must wonder about how the loss affected this Steelers squad. Or did it have an impact. We will surely find out if that is the case and to what extent during this mathcup.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Pittsburgh Steelers -4
My reason for the pick :
The Titans have not played well on defense this year thus far. With that being said, the Steelers have played much better, particularly due to an offensive punch they have illustrated, yet, they have had issues on the defensive side of the ball that need to be addressed as well, and starting this week. I happen to believe that the Steelers will be looking forward to this game after their last loss to the Pack in week 2. They will return to basics against a Tennessee offense that has struggled putting points on the board while also have had its problems with their defensive secondary. In all, the Steelers will return to form in this matchup on Saturday along with covering the spread for their 2nd win of the preseason.
Totals Selection: Pick: Over
My reason for the prediction :
Again, both teams are working out some issues on the defensive side of the ball. It is for this reason that I will back the over in this contest in that I see the Steelers offense moving at will against this Titans squad. On the other hand, I also see the Titans putting some points on the board against a Steelers team that has really struggled against the pass thus far.
Betting trends for Tennessee Titans:
- The Titans are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games on grass
- The Titans are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 Saturday games
- The Titans are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall
Betting trends for Pittsburgh Steelers:
- The Steelers are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games on grass
- The Steelers are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 home games
- The Steelers are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall.