Date: November 2nd, 2023
Time: 8:15 pm EST
Location: Acrisure Stadium
Television: CBS & NBC
Tennessee Titans vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
The Tennessee Titans and Pittsburgh Steelers will square off on Thursday Night Football in Week 9, with the Steelers opening as 2.5-point home favorites.
Titans Off to Hot Start
The Titans are coming off a stunning 28-23 win over the Falcons in Week 8, thanks in large part to a stellar performance from Titan’s second-round rookie quarterback Will Levis. Levis got the start in place of veteran Ryan Tannehill, who suffered an ankle injury in Week 6 and is still questionable for this contest.
Levis shined in his first career start, going 19 of 29 for 238 yards and four passing touchdowns. In addition, three of those touchdown passes went to veteran receiver DeAndre Hopkins. Finally, this makes him the fifth quarterback in NFL history to have thrown each of his first three touchdown passes to the same receiver.
Levis’ Production a Pleasant Surprise
Levis’ production as a passer was a pleasant surprise for the Titans, who traded up to select him with the No. 33 overall pick in this year’s draft. Levis has a strong arm and good athleticism, and he showed flashes of his potential in Week 8.
However, Levis is still a rookie, and he is likely to make some mistakes. Meanwhile, the Steelers have a solid defense, led by Steeler’s defensive end Cameron Heyward and linebacker T.J. Watt. They will be looking to pressure Levis and force him into turnovers.
Titans Have Strong Ground Game
In addition to their passing attack, the Titans also have a strong ground game led by running back Derrick Henry. Henry is one of the most physical running backs in the NFL, and he is capable of running over defenders.
Furthermore, the Steelers have a good run defense, but they will need to be careful not to let Henry get loose. Additionally, if Henry is able to get going, it will open up the passing game for Levis and the Titans’ other receivers.
Steelers Coming Off Disappointing Loss
The Steelers are coming off a disappointing 20-17 loss to the Eagles in Week 8. The Steelers had a chance to win the game in the final seconds, but Steeler’s quarterback Kenny Pickett threw an interception.
Pickett has been up and down in his rookie season. He has shown flashes of his potential, but he has also made some mistakes. At the end of the day, the Steelers will need Pickett to be at his best if they want to beat the Titans.
Steelers Have Strong Defense
In the end, the Steelers’ defense is one of the best units in the NFL. They are led by Heyward and Watt, who are two of the best defensive players in the league. Meanwhile, the Steelers’ defense is also good at forcing turnovers.
Furthermore, the Titans’ offense will be challenged by the Steelers’ defense. Levis will need to be careful not to throw interceptions, and Henry will need to find running lanes.
Titans vs Steelers Prediction
In conclusion, this is a tough game to predict, as both teams are evenly matched. The Titans have the better offense, yet the Steelers have the better defense.
Ultimately, I think the Steelers will win this game by a narrow margin. Pickett will make some mistakes, but he will also make some big plays. The Steelers’ defense will force Levis into a few turnovers, and that will be the difference in the game.
All in all, this is a must-watch game for fans of both teams. The Titans are trying to make a push for the playoffs, while the Steelers are trying to stay in the AFC North race. Both teams have talented players, and it should be a close game.
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