One could only wonder where the Tennessee Titans would be right now with a healthy Derrick Henry and A.J. Brown. Both star offensive players will continue to be sidelined but Tennessee still has a two-game lead in the AFC South and is tied with New England and Kansas City for the best record in the AFC.
The Titans face one of the most confounding teams in the NFL. Pittsburgh has wins over Buffalo and Baltimore, but also tied the 1-11-1 Detroit Lions and lost to the 6-7 Minnesota squad.
If Pittsburgh’s T.J. Watt, the NFL leader with 16 sacks, can play, the game would feature two of the eight NFL players with at least 11 sacks. Harold Landry leads Tennessee with 11 sacks.
Pittsburgh should be in a much better position than it is right now. There are 10 teams ahead of the Steelers in the AFC playoff ladder. They may not have to win out to reach the playoffs for the sixth time in the last eight seasons, but it is getting close to being must-win territory for the Steelers. Pittsburgh has finished first or second in the AFC North in each of the last eight seasons but currently is in last place.
Pittsburgh has covered against the scores and odds in both games when listed as underdogs at home compared to going 0-5 against the spread when favored. Even with that trend, it is hard to trust the Steelers these days.
- Game: Tennessee Titans (9-4) vs Pittsburgh Steelers (6-6-1)
- Location: Heinz Field
- Day/Time: Sunday, 1 p.m. ET
- Television: CBS
Titans vs Steelers Betting Lines
|Tennessee Titans||-1 (-120)||-125||41½ (-110o)|
|Pittsburgh Steelers||+1 (even)||+105||41½ (-110u)|
The Tennessee Titans were listed by the NFL picks against the spread as a one-point favorite against the visiting Pittsburgh Steelers when the teams played in 2020
Pittsburgh scored the game’s first 14 points and led by 20 points early in the third quarter. Tennessee used touchdowns by Brown and Henry to pull within three points in the fourth quarter, but couldn’t complete the comeback as Pittsburgh won its third straight over the Titans and covered for the second straight meeting.
After four of the last five Pittsburgh-Tennessee games went over the total, this one landed on the 51-point total.
Next game: vs. San Francisco 49ers
The Tennessee Titans were listed by the NFL point spreads as 10-point favorites against the visiting Jacksonville Jaguars. There have been instances when double-digit underdogs threw scares into their favored opponents. This was not one of these times.
Tennessee held the Jaguars under 200 yards and intercepted rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence four times to record its first home shutout since 2000.
D’Onta Foreman and Ryan Tannehill had rushing touchdowns as the Titans cruised to a 20-0 victory.
The game fell well short of the 43½-point total.
Running back Tory Carter (ankle), linebacker David Long (hamstring), defensive lineman Teair Tart (ankle) and cornerback Jackrabbit Jenkins (foot) are questionable. Receiver Dez Fitzpatrick is on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Running back Derrick Henry (foot), receiver A.J. Brown (chest), linebacker Bud Dupree (abdominal) and tight end Tommy Hudson (ankle) are on injured reserve.
Next game: at Kansas City Chiefs
The Vikings used a pair of Dalvin Cook touchdown runs to jump out to the 29-0 lead with 6:15 left in the third quarter. Pittsburgh scored touchdowns on four of its next five possessions and had a chance to tie the game in the closing seconds, but rookie tight end Pat Freiermuth couldn’t haul in Ben Roethlisberger’s pass in the end zone on the final play. If Freiermuth had come up with his second touchdown reception of the game, the Steelers would have been a two-point conversion away from forcing overtime.
A James Washington touchdown catch with 12:11 left to play put the game over the 43½-point total.
Cornerback Joe Haden (foot), defensive linemen Isaiah Buggs (ankle) and Carlos Davis (knee) and linebackers T.J. Watt (groin), Alex Highsmith (quadricep) and Robert Spillane (knee) are questionable. Offensive lineman Kevin Dotson (ankle) and tight end Eric Ebron (knee) are on injured reserve.
Coach Tomlin said T.J. Watt (groin) and Alex Highsmith (knee) both have an opportunity to play on Sunday vs. Titans.
— Missi Matthews (@missi_matthews) December 14, 2021
Titans vs Steelers Final Betting Analysis
Third-year Steelers receiver Diontae Johnson needs 10 yards for his first 1,000-yard receiving season. Running back Najee Harris has the fourth-best odds to be named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year.
Kevin Byard leads Tennessee in tackles (69) and interceptions (5).
Tennessee has covered in eight of its last 12 games against Pittsburgh. The total has gone over in seven of Tennessee’s last eight road games.
Pittsburgh is 4-0-1 in its last five home games. The total has gone over in 12 of the last 18 meetings between Tennessee and Pittsburgh.