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NFL Betting: Steelers vs. Titans Monday Night Football Preview

Posted by Stan Jenkins on 11/17/2014 2:53:49 PM

The Pittsburgh Steelers witnessed an abrupt change to their season this past weekend, while the Tennessee Titans remained stuck in a bad stretch. Which team will change in week 11?

Pittsburgh Steelers @ Tennessee Titans – Monday, November 17

These teams both had rough days at the office on Sunday. The Tennessee Titans were smothered by the Baltimore Ravens, 21-7. The important detail to mention for Tennessee is that it was playing with Zach Mettenberger, the rookie out of LSU, as its starting quarterback. Jake Locker is injured and his career is in doubt right now. Mettenberger was asked to fill in and see if he could give a lift to the Titans’ offense. Mettenberger led his team to a first-quarter touchdown, briefly raising hopes that Tennessee could compete for 60 minutes. However, the Titans didn’t do anything thereafter, finishing the game with only 210 total yards. The Titans’ quarterback situation can’t be blamed for everything, though. Tennessee rushed for only 67 yards, and few quarterbacks can win with that level of rushing production. Asking a rookie backup to win a game with that kind of output from the ground game is just not reasonable. Tennessee lacks offensive talent, and that’s why first-year head coach Ken Whisenhunt has to be given time with this team as it moves along. A lot of people in the NFL will know a lot more about the job Whisenhunt is doing in Nashville by the end of his second season, not this first one.

The Pittsburgh Steelers had a weekend that was certainly no better than what the Titans went through, and it was arguably worse. The Steelers were playing a New York Jet team that had not won since week one. The Jets had lost eight and a row and were in a nosedive. New York could not avoid committing turnovers, the surest sign of weakness for a bad team. However, on Sunday, the Jets didn’t commit a single turnover. Pittsburgh became the team that couldn’t protect the ball. The Steelers committed four turnovers, two by way of fumbles and two interceptions as well. Ben Roethlisberger, who had thrown six touchdown passes in each of his previous two games, was shut down by the Jets’ defense. Pittsburgh had scored 51 points against the Indianapolis Colts and 43 more against the Ravens team that shut down Tennessee (as mentioned above), but against the Jets, all Pittsburgh could manage was 13 points. This certainly suggests that Roethlisberger might only be as good as he plays at home, not on the road. This might lead some bettors to take Tennessee on Monday night.

However, what should swing this game back to the Steelers is that their defense did not play poorly against the Jets. Pittsburgh gave New York under 300 yards, which is very good in just about every NFL game. The Steelers, regardless of what they do on offense, should be able to use their defense to really confuse Mettenberger and force him into making bad decisions. As long as Pittsburgh doesn’t turn the ball over more than once, it should win comfortably.

Pick: Steelers -7

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