The Tennessee Titans are in the midst of a four-game win streak, and they sit atop of the AFC South. This week, they will fly to Pittsburgh for a Thursday Night Football showdown against the Steelers, set for an 8:25 p.m. ET kickoff on NFL Network and NBC (livestream).
Like Tennessee, the Steelers are on a four-game win streak and are looking to inch one game closer to securing an AFC North crown for the second consecutive season. Luckily for the Steelers, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has a 5-0 career record when he plays Thursday night games in Pittsburgh.
The key to victory for Tennessee (6-3) is simple: Run the ball to keep the Steelers offense on the sideline. Led by running backs DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry, the Titans have the eighth-best rushing attack in the league at 125 yards per game.
As for the Steelers (7-2), they must continue to use running back Le’Veon Bell in a multitude of ways. Bell is a matchup nightmare because he can run the ball and has the skills to line up as a receiver. Bell has already hauled in 40 passes this season — which is seventh-most among running backs. He’s also the league-leading rusher with 840 yards.
- Time: 8:25 p.m. ET
- Location: Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pa.
- TV: NFL Network and NBC
- Streaming: NBC Sports
- Odds: Pittsburgh is favored by 7 points
Pittsburgh has emerged as one of the AFC’s top contenders, but like the Patriots and Chiefs, Mike Tomlin’s team has flaws so visible no amount of foundation could cover them. On Sunday, they even got exposed by the worst Colts team of the last 20 years not to feature Curtis Painter.
Three-win Indianapolis looked like a gimme on the team’s calendar, but the Colts made their opponent grind through every second of a Week 10 matchup the Steelers only escaped with a last-second field goal. It was a better result than the team had come to expect after a week off — Pittsburgh had lost its last three games coming off a bye — but still a troubling path to get there.
The unofficial NFL players against Thursday Night Football squad is growing, with Ben Roethlisberger being the latest to join the army.
Speaking to reporters on Monday, Roethlisberger said that the Thursday night games are “miserable” and that the NFL needs to get rid of them:
Mike Mularkey had his weekly Monday press conference via conference call earlier today. He said that Marcus Mariota and Delanie Walker will be ready to play Thursday night in Pittsburgh. Mariota banged up his shoulder and ankle yesterday on the final drive. Delanie hurt his wrist on what should have been an illegal hit, also on the final drive.
Tennessee has a chance to win this game, but the Steelers will come out victorious. Pittsburgh’s offense will overwhelm Tennessee, and the Titans do not have enough offensive firepower to keep up. Other than Stephen White, all of SB Nation’s NFL experts believe Pittsburgh will knock off Tennessee in their Week 11 picks.