Sunday, October 25, 2020, Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee, 1 p.m. ET
Steelers at Titans Betting Preview: Steelers (+1/-110), Titans (-1/-110)
The Steelers (5-0) are off to their best start since opening the 1978 season with a 7-0 mark, and defense has been the team’s calling card in 2020. Pittsburgh, which is allowing an NFL second-best 285.2 yards per game, is just the second team in league history to collect at least three sacks and an interception in each of its first five games of the season.
The Steelers boast an NFL-best 24 sacks, with linebacker Bud Dupree recording two of his team-leading five this season in Sunday’s 38-7 romp over Cleveland. Unfortunately for sack-happy Pittsburgh, it lost second-year star linebacker Devin Bush to a season-ending ACL injury in the game versus the Browns.
Chase Claypool continued his story-book start to the season, with the rookie wideout notching a rushing touchdown for the second straight game on Sunday. Claypool, who had a team-high 74 receiving yards versus the Browns, has six touchdowns (four receiving, two rushing) in his last four games.
Like the Steelers, the Titans are off to a fast start — in fact, they are halfway to the franchise’s best beginning to a campaign, which was set in 2008. Tennessee’s second-ranked offense (422.0 yards per game) is led by Ryan Tannehill, who threw for a season-high 364 yards and four touchdowns in a 42-36 overtime victory over Houston last Sunday.
AFC Offensive Player of the Week Derrick Henry became the first player in NFL history to rush for at least 200 yards in a game in three consecutive seasons when he erupted for 212 versus the Texans. Henry leads the NFL with 588 rushing yards, while his six touchdowns (tied for second in the NFL) have been totaled over the last three weeks.
A.J. Brown has proven to be a trusted target of Tannehill, with the second-year wideout finding the end zone in Tennessee’s 42-16 win over Buffalo on Oct. 13 before scoring twice against Houston on Sunday. Anthony Firkser set career highs in receptions (eight) and receiving yards (113) versus the Texans in place of fellow tight end Jonnu Smith, who is nursing an ankle injury.
Steelers at Titans Betting Pick for Week 7
The teams initially were slated to face each other on Oct. 4, however a COVID-19 outbreak within the Titans’ organization forced the NFL to juggle its slate and hand the teams an unscheduled bye week. Some members of the Steelers reportedly weren’t too keen on the idea, and they may take out their frustrations against Tennessee.
James Conner has rushed for a touchdown in four straight games for Pittsburgh, which will ground out a victory in this one.
Steelers at Titans Betting Pick:
Steelers 24, Titans 20
Steelers at Titans Best Bet for Week 7
Ben Roethlisberger is completing a stellar 69.1 percent of his passes, however the efficiency has translated to just 235.6 yards this season — including 212.7 over his last three.
Big Ben likely won’t chime in with a banner day on Sunday, making the under a solid bet.
Steelers at Titans Best Bet: UNDER 50.5 total points (-107)