Thursday Night Football: Titans-Steelers betting preview (odds, lines, best bets)

2T0138P Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Allen Robinson II (11) in action during the first half of an NFL football game against Houston Texans, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2023 in Houston, TX. (AP Photo/Maria Lysaker)

WR Allen Robinson II, Pittsburgh Steelers — over 13.5 receiving yards: Robinson is the starting slot receiver, and Tennessee will be down starting slot corner Roger McCreary for the second week in a row.

• Titans struggling to defend the slot: McCreary missed last week’s game against the Falcons due to a hamstring injury, and rookie safety Eric Garror took his place for the most part. KhaDarel Hodge managed 75 yards from the slot, while Scotty Miller scored a touchdown against Garror.

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GAME OVERVIEW

Has the Will Levis Show finally arrived? Maybe not.

His four-touchdown debut marked an excellent start to his career, and his two deep passing touchdowns to DeAndre Hopkins highlighted the upside that was never in question in the draft process.

However, Hopkins was essentially uncovered on both of those plays, and Levis was wildly inefficient throughout the game, with the Titans mustering just a 30th-ranked 32% success rate on passing plays. The squad moved the chains seven times across 28 pass attempts, with only the Raiders and Giants (who did not pass the ball in the entire second half) putting up a lower total.

DeAndre Hopkins missed practice yesterday and was a surprise addition to the injury report. He is officially questionable for this game.

In Pittsburgh, quarterback issues arose for the Steelers, with Kenny Pickett picking up his second game-ending injury of the season a week ago. But just like the first one, Pickett appears to have shaken it off midweek, likely sending Mitch Trubisky back to the bench in time for Thursday night. Pickett practiced in full on Wednesday and appears ready for a short-week game against a leaky coverage unit that just traded away its star safety.

Minkah Fitzpatrick went down with a quad injury last week and has already been ruled out, so the Titans aren't the only team without a star safety this week. Unfortunately, this is the last thing these teams needed, as they both field one of the worst coverage units in the league.

The total for this game is as low as 37, with Pittsburgh enjoying a 2.5-point advantage in the spread.

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WR Allen Robinson II, Pittsburgh Steelers: Over 13.5 receiving yards (-113 FanDuel)

This is not a particularly appealing prospect, but the matchup is too good to ignore.

Robinson has seen a slight dip in his snap percentages since Diontae Johnson returned from injury, playing closer to 70% of his team's snaps than 85% over the last two weeks. That said, he is the starting slot receiver, and Tennessee will be down starting slot corner Roger McCreary for the second week in a row.

McCreary missed last week’s game against the Falcons due to a hamstring injury, and rookie safety Eric Garror took his place for the most part. KhaDarel Hodge managed 75 yards from the slot, while Scotty Miller scored a touchdown against Garror.

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