2010 NFL Predictions Week 2 & Las Vegas Odds: For the second week in a row this 2010 NFL predictions season, Las Vegas NFL odds makers have placed the Pittsburgh Steelers as NFL picks underdogs, this time on the road against the Tennessee Titans. Las Vegas NFL odds have the Titans as -6(-110) point 2010 NFL predictions week 2favorites at home.
The Pittsburgh Steelers (1-0) were also predicted as NFL predictions underdogs a week ago and they prevailed with a NFL picks and Vegas odds victory against the Atlanta Falcons 15-9 at home in overtime. That NFL predictions contest last week marked the second NFL start for third-year pro Dennis Dixon at quarterback and the Steelers played conservatively to protect their young player. Dixon was 18-26 passing for 236 yards in the NFL picks contest. He also was intercepted once and had a few narrow misses. He was also sacked three times, two in the waning minutes of the fourth quarter to thwart a drive. Fortunately for the Steelers in the NFL picks contest, Rashard Mendenhall and the Pittsburgh running game bailed out the young quarterback. Mendenhall finished with 120 yards rushing in the NFL predictions contest including the 50-yard game winner in overtime.
The Steelers game plan in today's 2010 NFL predictions week 2 match-up will feature more of the same, running with Mendenhall, a controlled passing game with Dixon, and maybe a deep ball to Mike Williams, if the coverage is there.
Tennessee Titans (1-0) will be ready for Dixon in today's 1PM week 2 NFL predictions contest, as their defense seen his ilk before, only better, in their own quarterback Vince Young. Head coach Jeff Fisher and his defensive coordinator Chuck Cecil will look to mix-up coverage and blitz packages to confuse the young quarterback but look for some pressure early to create a turnover or a three-and-out. In last weeks 2010 NFL predictions battle, the Titans steamrolled the Oakland Raiders 38-13 and their defense forced two turnovers and had four sacks. The maligned secondary from a year ago were active tacklers while the front four caused pressure on the quarterback.
Stopping the run should be the focus of the Titans in today's week 2 NFL picks contest and, as Las Vegas odds road underdogs, you have to wonder if the Steelers won’t come-out throwing. Offensive coordinator Bruce Arians indicated that Dixon would need to lead touchdown drives and not settle for field goals in today's NFL week 2 predictions match-up as he did a week ago. This might indicate a more aggressive game plan is in store for taday's NFL picks contest and the Titans secondary might get more work than expected.
This game rides on Dixon, and if the Steelers are to beat the Las Vegas odds again, their young quarterback will have to lead the way.
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