Every team in the NFL comes into training camp and the preseason with a pretty solid idea of who their starters are going to be when Week 1 of the new season rolls around. That said, there are a usually a few positional spots that are up for grabs, with rookies ready to go head to head with established veterans to find out who is deserving of those spots. We are now in Week 3 of the preseason, which is usually the time when the deep cuts start to be made. The players who hang around after this week have a legitimate shot at making the final team, or at the very least landing a spot on the practice squad.
Whole preseason games may be meaningless in the grand scheme of things, it is important to the players involved, with Week 3 usually being when things begin to kick up a notch. The Pittsburgh Steelers will head to Tennessee to face the Titans in the final game of the Week 3 preseason schedule, a game that can be seen nationally on NBC. The Titans are in as a 2 ½ point home favorite, with the point total set at 40.
Steelers vs Titans 2019 NFL Preseason Week 3 Odds & Analysis
- When: Sunday, August 25 at 8 PM EST
- Where: Nissan Stadium, Tennessee
- TV: NBC
- Radio: SiriusXM/NFL
- Live Stream: NFL Game Pass
- NFL Odds: Tennessee Titans -2.5 (Total 40)
- Scattered Thunderstorms: 28°C/83°F
- Humidity: 75%
- Precipitation: 50%
- Cloud Cover: 90%
- Wind: 7 mph SE
- Stadium Type: Open
Why bet on the Pittsburgh Steelers?If we are going to talk about the battle for positional spots with the Steelers, there are a couple of places we need to look at. The most obvious is the back-up QB spot, with that battle going on between Mason Rudolph and Joshua Dobbs. Big Ben is the man for probably the next couple of seasons, but can one of these two step up as the heir apparent. For now, it looks as though Rudolph may be the man, as he put in another solid turn in a 17-7 win over the Chiefs in Week 2.
The other thing to be decided is who will be the #2 WR behind JuJu Smith Schuster. That appears a little more clear cut, as James Washington has been lights out this preseason. The Steelers are 2-0 to start the preseason and will look to stay perfect in Tennessee.
Team Stats (Offense)
- Points per Game: 23.00
- Passing Yards: 241.00
- Rushing Yards: 102.00
- Turnovers: 1.50
Why bet on the Tennessee Titans?If you want to talk about competition in the Titans training camp, look no further than the QB spot. The Titans publicly say that they still have faith in Marcus Mariota but bringing in Ryan Tannehill in the offseason may suggest otherwise. Mariota has had injury issues to deal with, so perhaps Tannehill is nothing more than a safety net, but that remains to be seen.
The Titans come into this one at 1-1 in the preseason after a home loss to the New England Patriots last week. This is a team that has not been good in the month of August, going 1-7 SU in 8 starts. They have also been poor versus the Steelers, going 2-6 in their last 8, while going just 0-7-1 ATS versus teams from the AFC North.
Team Stats (Offense)
- Points per Game: 18.90
- Passing Yards: 214.50
- Rushing Yards: 75.90
- Turnovers: 2.00
Steelers vs Titans NFL Preseason Week 3 Betting Trends
- Steelers are 6-2 SU in their last 8 games against Tennessee
- Steelers are 8-2-1 ATS in their last 11 games played in August
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Pittsburgh’s last 6 games on the road
- Titans are 5-2 SU in their last 7 games
- Titans are 0-7-1 ATS in their last 8 games against an opponent in the AFC North division
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Tennessee’s last 5 games at home
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction for Steelers vs TitansYes, preseason games are a different kettle of fish from the regular season games, but that doesn’t mean we can simply ignore the trends here. I like the Steelers to go in and win in Tennessee, with the total going UNDER.
Score: Pittsburgh Steelers 21 – Tennessee Titans 17