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Pittsburgh Steelers (11-3) at Tennessee Titans (12-2)
Sunday, 1:00PM Eastern
Bookmaker.com betting line – Pittsburgh Steelers (-2), 34.5 O/U
The two best teams in the AFC square off this weekend in a huge battle for late season supremacy. The Steelers and the Titans will be battling for the right to earn home field advantage throughout the playoffs. Tennessee started the year 10-0 and has been considered the best team in the AFC all season. However, in the past few weeks the Steelers have come up with some impressive victories over Dallas and Baltimore. Pittsburgh late season surge has many of the experts thinking they could be the best in the AFC and they will get a chance to prove it this Sunday.
Tennessee suffered their 2nd loss of the season last week 13-12 from the Houston Texans. The Titans have not been playing as well in recent weeks as they did early in the year despite still having the best record in the NFL. Last week veteran QB Kerry Collins struggled going 15 for 33 with 181 yards, and 1 interception. Collins has done a good job all season and the Titans need him to bounce back or they could be in for another disappointing performance. Tennessee running back Chris Johnson has been the big success for the offense this season. Johnson has rushed for 1,159 yards and 8 touchdowns. When Tennessee establishes the running game, they are very tough to beat.
Pittsburgh has come on very strong in the final month of the season winning their last 5 games and now they have a chance to earn home field advantage. QB Ben Roethlisberger was plagued by interceptions earlier in the year, but has been stellar down the stretch. Big Ben has led the Steelers to two 4th quarter game winning drives in their last two games. However, the real success has been the play of the Pittsburgh defense. The Steelers defense ranks 1st in nearly every defensive category and they can wreak havoc on opposing offenses. Pittsburgh hopes their defense can control a Tennessee offense which struggled last week and earn a chance to wrap up the home field throughout the playoffs.
What to watch for…
The Titans running game will play a big role in their success in the match-up. If running back Chris Johnson can move the ball against the very tough Pittsburgh defense then Tennessee will have the opportunity to score just enough points. The Titans do not want the game to rest in the hands of Kerry Collins. Pittsburgh simply needs to hold onto the football and not allow any turnovers. The Steelers defense should allow the offense to score some points considering they will win the field position as they have all season, but if they can not hold onto the football they will have a tough time.
Betting Trends and Stats…
Pittsburgh has gone 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games on the road. The Steelers have found the under total in 5 of their last 8 games due to the performance of the defense. Tennessee is 11-2-1 this season against the spread and 4-2 ATS in their last 6 games. The Titans have split the over/under total this season going 7/7. Pittsburgh won the last meeting between these two teams 30-13 back in 2003.
Pick – Pittsburgh gets the job done again. Take Pittsburgh -2 3 out of 5 units
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