Week 11 NFL slate includes Steelers as TD favourites against Titans

Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Vance McDonald (89) celebrates a touchdown in front of wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (19) against the Indianapolis Colts. (Darron Cummings/AP)

Division leaders clash on Thursday night as the Pittsburgh Steelers host the Tennessee Titans as seven-point favourites on the NFL odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Pittsburgh has recorded four straight victories to build a three-game lead over second-place Baltimore atop the AFC North standings and climb to a +650 bet on the Super Bowl odds going into Thursday night’s matchup at Heinz Field.

The Steelers defence has surrendered a stingy 14.75 points per game and just 17 total second-half points while kepping opposing rushers out of the end zone during their 4-0 straight-up (SU) run.

That could present a challenge for the Titans, who escaped with a 24-20 win over visiting Cincinnati last weekend on the strength of two DeMarco Murray rushing scores. Quarterback Marcus Mariota played through ankle and shoulder injuries against the Bengals, and is listed as a limited participant on this week’s injury report.

Tennessee is 1-5 SU and 2-4 against the spread (ATS) without Mariota under centre, but has taken two of three from the Steelers including a 16-9 upset win as a six-point underdog in its last visit four years ago.

Elsewhere this week, the surprising 6-3 Jacksonville Jaguars sit alongside Tennessee atop the AFC South standings and aim for a fourth-straight win as they visit the Cleveland Browns as 7.5-point chalk.

The Jaguars’ top-ranked defence has allowed just eight points per game during their current tear, and just nine points per game in four road dates this season. Despite its recent dominance, though, Jacksonville continues to lag at +2200 on the Super Bowl odds.

The Browns dropped their 10th straight in last week’s 38-24 loss in Detroit as 10.5-point underdogs. Cleveland has posted just one SU win in 13 home dates, but has held opponents to 17 or fewer points in its past two such outings.

In other NFL Week 11 betting action, Miami and Tampa Bay make up for their scheduled Week 1 matchup that was postponed due to Hurricane Irma as the Dolphins host the Buccaneers as 2.5-point favourites.

With quarterback Jameis Winston sidelined, the Buccaneers have only one SU win in their past six games, and have paid out at the sportsbooks just once in their past eight. Miami has allowed 37.33 points per game in three straight losses, and is 1-4 SU and 0-5 ATS in five meetings with Tampa Bay.

And the Buffalo Bills try to halt a two-game SU and ATS slide as they visit the Los Angeles Chargers as 4.5-point underdogs, while the Philadelphia Eagles vie for an eighth-straight win as they visit the Dallas Cowboys as three-point road chalk on Sunday Night Football.

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