NFL gambling handicappers will have their choice of the top seed from the AFC playoffs last year or the defending super bowl champion Steelers in this online betting showdown. The Steelers opened as a 5-point NFL gambling home favorite with the online betting total opening at 35 as this is a matchup of two high powered defensive teams.
The Tennessee Titans ranked 7th overall last year in total defense and that is what carried them to a 12-4 NFL gambling record against the spread in 2008. Tennessee fell short against the playoff online betting board because of their more questionable offense.
If the Titans are to take the next NFL gambling step they will need improved play at quarterback from Kerry Collins, who finished with an 80.2 quarterback rating last year with 12 touchdown passes, 7 interceptions, and 2676 yards passing.
Vince Young had a strong NFL gambling preseason and would love to take over as starter if Collins falters. The Pittsburgh Steelers are known for having the best defense in all of NFL gambling and nothing looks to be different for 2009.
Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had a rather weak 2008 NFL gambling regular season but excelled in the playoffs and of course led Pittsburgh on their late final dive to win the super bowl.
Most NFL gambling handicappers expect the Steelers to be even better this year as the offense should be more consistent and confident after that strong finish and super bowl title.
Tennessee has proven to be a dangerous NFL gambling underdog through the years as they have covered 16 out of their last 21 games against the spread when getting points. That is contrasted by Pittsburgh being a strong 24-8 against the spread as a NFL gambling home favorite of between 3.5 and 10 points.
The underdog has covered 5 out of the last 6 head to head meetings in this series which has gone over the total in 7 out of the last 8 matchups.
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