NFL Betting: So Many Questions Exist On Offense For Both Titans And Steelers
For the Tennessee Titans, an uncertain quarterback situation rests on the shoulders of a young and unproven player. For the Pittsburgh Steelers, an established veteran must regain form.
Tennessee Titans @ Pittsburgh Steelers – Sunday, September 8
Betting line: Steelers -7.5
Why Tennessee Will Win
For people interested in football betting, it’s worth noting that the Pittsburgh Steelers were quite legitimately an average football team last season. Their record indicated as much. Pittsburgh fell to 8-8 and missed the AFC playoffs, two very rare occurrences under head coach Mike Tomlin and, for that matter, under any Steeler head coach over the past two decades. The Steelers have been one of the best and most stable franchises in the NFL for the past 40 years. Minimal coaching turnover, sound internal practices, and a cohesive organizational structure have all enabled Pittsburgh to win big on a consistent basis. However, in 2012, injuries and the creeping effects of age seemed to sneak up on the franchise, as two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was hobbled by gimpy legs and could not scramble the way he generally likes to. With his mobility being limited, Roethlisberger was a shell of his former self, and the Steelers’ offense calcified in a noticeable way. Pittsburgh looked and felt like a creaky and fragile team last season, so with that point in mind, it’s not as easy to automatically expect the Steelers to roll over opponents the way they did in the past. This is not the same Steeler team that won Super Bowl XLIII and reached Super Bowl XLV two and a half years ago. Tennessee is not a complete football team, but these are not the 11-5 or 12-4 Steelers they’re playing. This is an 8-8 team that’s trying to re-prove itself but might be unequipped to answer the critics.
Why Pittsburgh Will Win
The best online betting sites will tell you that the NFL is a quarterback’s game, and for all the ways in which Pittsburgh might be diminished compared to past seasons, it’s still very much accurate to say that the Steelers have the better quarterback on the field here. Ben Roethlisberger’s mobility might not be what it once was, but in a week one situation, Roethlisberger will have the benefit of being physically fresh. Roethlisberger will not be coming off a week 10 game in which he got pounded, and in which his body will be particularly frail. In week one, Roethlisberger should be a more vibrant, energetic and active quarterback. He should be able to scramble better, and when he’s doing that, he either buys time for his receivers downfield or makes a 15-yard play with his legs. Roethlisberger’s physical condition at the beginning of the season – compared to how he’s likely to feel at the season’s midpoint – should make a huge difference for the Steelers. Tennessee quarterback Jake Locker is simply nowhere close to Big Ben in terms of overall quality. The bottom line in the online sports betting legal community is that this is Pittsburgh’s game to lose.
Who Will Win
The Roethlisberger-Locker matchup is a lopsided one. The Steelers might not have a great season in 2013, but they should definitely spank the Titans in the season opener.
NFL Betting Pick: Steelers -7.5