The Titans and Steelers will finally get to play this Sunday after having their game rescheduled from week four. Tennessee, dealing with a COVID outbreak within the facility, was forced to shut down for nearly two weeks. This forced the NFL to shuffle multiple schedules around, landing this game in the week seven slot.
The matchup now features two 5-0 teams. It’s a heavyweight fight, which will give someone a leg up in the AFC as the lone remaining undefeated team in the conference.
The oddsmakers in Vegas see this essentially as a toss-up. The Steelers opened as a one point favorite, but the gambling markets quickly flipped this line to Titans -1. Depending on where you look, you can probably find the line going either way at this point.
After opening at 52.5, the total is now at 50.5.
Tennessee, which holds the NFL’s 2nd ranked offense, will face Pittsburgh’s 2nd ranked defense. Ryan Tannehill has been spectacularly efficient so far in 2020, while Derrick Henry finally broke out last week after being bottled up for much of the season to that point.
Pittsburgh will challenge the Titans defensively, which has been an issue all season. James Conner is currently averaging nearly five yards per carry, while Ben Roethlisberger has come back and returned to form already. Roethlisberger has thrown 11 touchdowns against just one interception so far, with rookie Chase Claypool leading the way in receiving yards.
JuJu Smith-Schuster, James Washington and Diontae Johnson, now along with tight end Eric Ebron, form a stout bunch of pass catchers.
Both sides sustained key injuries last week with the Steelers losing linebacker Devin Bush and with the Titans losing left tackle Taylor Lewan, so there are two adjustments to monitor.
This one could go either and and could very well be a preview of a playoff matchup come January. Which side are you taking?