|Written by Michelle Allan|
Bet on the NFLNFL football odds handicappers have a football betting matchup of AFC defensive powers to evaluate from Pittsburgh as the Steelers host the Titans in the NFL opener. NFL football odds players know that both teams have championship caliber defenses. The football betting difference is likely going to be Pittsburgh’s offense.
The defending super bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers have everything needed to succeed against the NFL football odds again for 2009. They had the best defense in all of football betting last year and their offense, while inconsistent in the regular season, came alive in the online betting post season and was the difference in the Steelers’ super bowl title.
Last year Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had only an 80.1 quarterback rating against the regular season NFL football odds with a mediocre touchdown to interception ratio of 17 to 15. That changed against the post season NFL football odds, however, as “Big Ben” improved to a 91.6 quarterback rating with a 3/1 touchdown to interception ratio. Santonio Holes was Roethlisberger’s top target in the playoffs last year as he had 13 catches for 226 yards and 2 touchdowns against the playoff NFL football odds. The Steelers were +6 in turnover ratio during the playoffs and had 9 sacks.
The Tennessee Titans beat the NFL football odds in 12 out of 16 games last year to be the most profitable team on the board. Tennessee was the top seed in the AFC last year against the NFL football odds but came up flat against the Baltimore Ravens and were eliminated from the chance to host Pittsburgh for the AFC title. A potential quarterback controversy is brewing as backup Vince Young had a fine preseason against the NFL football odds and is being touted as the potential starter if Kerry Collins falters like he did in the playoffs last year. Collins graded out with just a 71.6 quarterback rating in the post season and the Titans were -3 in turnover ratio.
If Roethlisberger is on his game he should make the difference for Pittsburgh. But if “Big Ben” reverts to his up and down play of the 2008 regular season the Titans have everything it takes for the upset!