NFL Betting: Can the Tennessee Titans Win at Pittsburgh in Week 15?

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BetMGM Staff @BETMGM Dec 17, 2021, 12:24 AM

According to NFL betting lines, the Tennessee Titans are two-point favorites in their Week 15 matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

In the article below, I’ll explain why it might be worth betting on the Titans to cover the spread and win this game outright.

The Steelers Can’t Stop the Run

In the Steelers’ Week 14 loss to the Minnesota Vikings, Dalvin Cook carved through the defense for over 200 yards on the ground. Pittsburgh currently ranks 30th in the NFL in rushing yards allowed per game.

The Titans don’t have Derrick Henry anymore, but they can still run the football. Tennessee is averaging 158.3 rushing yards per game over the last three weeks, the fourth-best mark in the NFL in that period.

They rank 18th in the NFL in pass attempts over the last three weeks, which makes sense considering star wideout A.J. Brown has been on the IR since November 27th. In the two games Tennessee has played since losing Brown, Ryan Tannehill has averaged 142 yards.

Pittsburgh Might Have To Play From Behind in This Game

Pittsburgh rookie running back Najee Harris ranks sixth in the NFL in rushing yards. However, Harris’s gaudy numbers hide a surprising fact about the Steelers; they rank third in passing attempts per game and 25th in rushing attempts per game.

Pittsburgh passes a lot because the team often falls behind in the first half. This season, the Steelers rank 28th in the NFL in first-half points, whereas Tennessee ranks tenth.

Tennessee’s defense has been stout against the run. The Titans allow just 90.9 rushing yards per game and have given up just 65.3 rushing yards per game over the past three contests.

Look For the Titans To Lead at Halftime

I believe that the Titans will run the ball effectively and build an early lead in this game.

Pittsburgh has shown that they can make comebacks against teams, but they have a hard time finishing those comeback attempts. Against the Chargers, the Steelers scored 27 points in the fourth quarter and lost. Against the Vikings, Pittsburgh scored 21 points in the fourth and lost that game as well.

I believe that the Titans will have the lead at halftime until the Steelers make a push in the second half of this game. Ultimately, I think that the Titans running game will control the clock and keep the Steelers off the field long enough to hold on for the victory.

Reviewing the NFL Betting Lines for Titans at Steelers

Do you believe that the Titans will pick up a win this weekend on the road, or do you think that the Steelers can keep themselves in the playoff race with a victory? Either way, this should be an exciting game between two AFC playoff hopefuls.

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