Week 2 NFL Picks: For the second week in a row, Vegas odds have placed the Pittsburgh Steelers as NFL picks underdogs, this time the Steelers are week 2 NFL pciks underdogs against the host Tennessee Titans. Vegas odds have the Titans as -5(-110) week 2 NFL picks favorites at home. The Steelers won the last NFL picks meeting between these teams 13-10 in the season opener a year ago.
The Titans (1-0) defeated the Oakland Raiders in easy fashion 38-13, behind the legs of Chris Johnson and the arm of Vince Young. Everything on offense for the Titans starts with Johnson. Against the Raiders, he picked-up right where he left off in 2009 with another big NFL picks contest with 142 yards, including a 76-yard touchdown gallop. The Steelers will throw everything they have at stopping Johnson and that still might not be enough in the week 2 NFL picks contest as he can burst through the tiniest of seams and be off to the races. If the Steelers stack the line, Young is more than capable of throwing over the top. His 56-yard touchdown pass to Nate Washington gives the Steelers something to game plan, though as a unit, the receivers only caught three passes. If Johnson gets bottled-up, Young has the ability to find tight ends and backs to keep drives alive.
Pittsburgh (1-0) won on the strength of their defense in their last NFL picks contest, holding the prolific Falcons attack to just three field goals. The defense will have to play catalyst again, with big plays, sacks, interceptions, fumble recoveries in the week 2 NFL picks matchup against the Titans. Troy Polamalu had an outstanding game against the Titans a year ago before he injured his knee and could be a key to this NFL picks contest as could linebacker Lawrence Timmons who has the speed to track Johnson sideline to sideline (though no one is catching the fleet running back in a foot race).
The Titans tend to find ways to win at home, especially against the Steelers, so the five-point Vegas odds should be a safe bet, unless the Titans fumble the game away or Pittsburgh finds a way to take the week 2 NFL picks matchup to the Titans with their young quarterback at the helm.
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