Steelers-Titans Game Preview
It is week 7 of the 2020 NFL season; this is our game preview for the game of the week: Steelers at Titans.
The Pittsburgh Steelers and Tennessee Titans both enter Week 7 with a record of 5-0. In NFL history each game between 5-0 teams has resulted in the winning team making that year’s Super Bowl. So, it’s easy to say that this game could have major implications on playoff seeding and the season itself.
Sunday’s match-up will give sole possession of first place in the AFC to the winner. Sure, we are only 7 weeks into a 16 week season, but this game is still a huge game and is definitely the game of the week.
Pittsburgh enters the game with the statistically second-best defense in the NFL. They will face the second-best offense in the NFL in the Titans. When the Titans offense is on the field it will be a battle of strength versus strength.
On the other side of the ball, the Steelers offense is scoring only one point per game less than the Titans offense. The biggest discrepancy between these two teams comes in the form of the Tennessee defense. The Titans are allowing a full touchdown more in points scored (25 ppg allowed) when compared to the Steelers defense (18 ppg allowed).
How the Steelers can win:
Exploit the Titans’ defense. Tennessee’s defense has not been nearly as good as their offense. They have given up 30-plus points to the Vikings, Jaguars, and Texans so far this season. Those three teams have a combined record of 3-15.
Ben Roethlisberger and James Conner should have room to work on Sunday. It will be up to the offense to sustain long scoring drives. If they can keep the Titans offense off the field it will go a long way in helping the defense.
Defensively the Steelers need to pressure Ryan Tannehill. Tannehill has seen a lot of pressure in games without his starting left tackle Taylor Lewan in the past. With Lewan out of the lineup here it will be up to Bud Dupree and TJ Watt to make Tannehill uncomfortable in the pocket.
How the Titans can win:
The Titans’ keys to victory begin and end with Derrick Henry. Henry is the best running back in the NFL currently and this offense uses the run game to set up the pass. If the Titans can get Henry rolling on the ground it could be a long day for the Steelers defense.
Defensively the Titans have to find a way to shut the Steelers offense down. Tennessee can’t afford to keep playing shootout after shootout. It’s hard to consistently win when you allow the other team to score more than 30 points. If they can hold the Steelers offense to field goals instead of touchdowns it could be the difference.
FB Derek Watt
CB Mike Hilton
OT Zach Banner
OG Stefen Wisniewski
OT Taylor Lewan
WR AJ Brown
Pittsburgh opened the week as slight favorites and the line has been moving back and forth. Right now the Steelers are a one and a half point underdog. The over/under is currently set at 51 points for this game.
Best bets (Record 2-4):
Steelers Moneyline – I think the Steelers defense is good enough to hang with the Titans offense. I don’t, however, think the Titans defense can stop the Steelers offense.
Over 51 – This number seems too low given the scoring of both offenses.
Derrick Henry under 95.5 yards – I have faith in the Steelers’ ability to put up points on the Titans defense. That could force the Titans to throw the ball more. I also feel like the Steelers gameplan will be to stop Henry and make Tannehill beat them in this one.
I fully expect this game to live up to the hype. Two 5-0 teams playing for first place in the AFC and to keep their undefeated seasons going. This game is going to be really good.
This game has all the makings of a very close game. The last team with the ball may just pull this one out. My main lean on this game is the Steelers offense being better than the Titans defense, which leads me to believe the Steelers will leave Tennesse with a 6-0 record.
Steelers 27 – Titans 24