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Steelers Preparing for Thursday Showdown with Titans

Thursday Night Football kicks off Week 11 of the NFL regular season when the Tennessee Titans visit the Pittsburgh Steelers. The current line has Pittsburgh favored by 7 points with the over/under point total on 44.

Entering this game, Tennessee on the season is 6-3 straight up and 3-5-1 against the spread. On the road, the Titans are 2-2 SU and 1-3 ATS. Pittsburgh on the season is 7-2 SU and 5-4 ATS. At home, the Steelers are 2-1 SU and ATS.

The Steelers have not dominated their opponents this season, yet they’re tied with New England for the best AFC record. Pittsburgh has won four straight, after rallying from 14 down to beat the Colts 20-17 in the final seconds.

The Titans have also won four straight and are tied for first place in the AFC South with Jacksonville. Last week, the Titans rallied to beat Cincinnati 24-20.




Offensively the Titans have struggled on the road scoring a combined 36 points over their last three road games. Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota has just 7 touchdown passes and 6 interceptions during the current four-game winning streak.

In last week’s victory, DeMarco Murray rushed for three touchdowns for the Titans and his backup Derrick Henry added 11 carries for 52 yards.

Steelers veteran signal caller Ben Roethlisberger has completed just 61.1% of his passes this season, which is his lowest since 2008. However, last week he threw two second half touchdown passes to rally the Steelers.

Pittsburgh running back Le’Veon Bell has averaged over 29 rushes the last four games, and is leading the NFL in rushing with 840 yards, while wide receiver Antonio Brown leads the NFL in receiving with 882 yards.

Rookie wideout JuJu Smith-Schuster has caught a touchdown pass in each of his last three games for Pittsburgh.

In the last meeting between the two teams, Bell had 204 yards rushing and one touchdown but that was in 2014.

Tennessee is 7-20 ATS in its last 27 games on the road.

Pittsburgh is 3-1-1 ATS in its last 5 games played at home.

Prediction: Pittsburgh will win and cover as its defense will shut the Titans running game down and control Mariota.

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