Monday Night Football 9/9/2019

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We're still a couple weeks away until Monday Night Football officially returns. Week 3 of the pre-season will conclude on Sunday with the Tennessee Titans hosting the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers have a much different look this year without their star receiver Antonio Brown, who will be playing for Oakland now. The Titans are a 2.5 point favorite, and the over/under is 40.5 points. Pittsburgh is +130 with the money line, and Tennessee is -150. There's some talk of a lightning storm brewing around game-time, so that could affect the under coming in depending on how severe it is, so I would keep a watch on the weather as kickoff time draws nearer. Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin has stated that QB Ben Roethlisberger will play Sunday along with the rest of the starters.

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While Big Ben will likely start, he probably won't play much more than a quarter or 2, especially after we saw what happened to Carolina QB Cam Newton, who was seen leaving his pre-season game in a walking boot. There's a fine line between getting up to speed and in shape in time for the regular season, and risk getting injured during the pre-season. Pittsburgh has looked sharp this pre-season, but both their games were at home, so now we will get a chance to see how they fare on the road. Next week, week 4 of the pre-season, will have all the games being played on Thursday, giving all the teams a few extra days to get ready for their regular season opening game on Sunday or Monday, and giving the Bears-Packers at least one week to get ready for their Thursday night opener.