The Pittsburgh Steelers and Tennessee Titans are set to face off with both teams looking to remain near the top of the AFC standings, though both are coming off sluggish Week 10 performances.
The Steelers came out flat against the Indianapolis Colts and trailed 17-3 early in the third quarter before rallying for the win.
The Steelers will continue to ride the strong arm of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who threw touchdown passes to wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster and tight end Vance McDonald to overcome the deficit against the Colts. Roethlisberger also hooked up with Antonio Brown on a 32-yard completion that set up the game-winning field goal.
Brown leads the NFL with 882 receiving yards and is tied with Arizona’s Larry Fitzgerald for the most catches with 60. Brown also has three touchdown receptions. Smith-Schuster has been the big surprise for the Steelers so far this season, and leads all rookie receivers with 29 receptions for 521 yards and five touchdowns, the longest coming on a 97-yard catch and run against the Lions in Week 8.
Le’Veon Bell has been the workhorse for the Steelers on the ground and has racked up 840 rushing on 220 carries (an average of 3.8 yards per carry), with five touchdowns.
Shazier is the sparkplug of Pittsburgh’s defensive charge and already has three interceptions on the year. His six interceptions since last year are tied with Baltimore C.J. Mosley for the most by any linebacker over that span.
Defensive end Cameron Heyward and linebacker Vince Williams both have five sacks for the Steelers, who are currently second in the league in total defense behind the Carolina Panthers, and second to the Jacksonville Jaguars in points allowed at 16.4.
Tennessee, which is currently locked in a tie with the Jacksonville Jaguars for first place in the AFC South Division, is fresh off of a come-from-behind victory against the Cincinnati Bengals last week in a game that saw the Titans run up a 40:09-19:51 edge in time of possession.
Marcus Mariota is finally returning to form for Tennessee after being lost late in the season last year with a broken leg. Against the Bengals, Mariota ran for 51 yards on six carries, and completed 25 of 44 passes 264 yards and an interception. His 7-yard touchdown pass to DeMarco Murray with time running down provided the winning margin.
Murray has been getting most of the work for the Titans out of the backfield, and has accumulated 433 yards rushing on 109 carries with four touchdowns. Derrick Henry provides a solid 1-2 punch with 409 yards on 94 carries and three scores.
Tight end Delanie Walker tops Tennessee in receptions with 43 for 458 yards and wide receiver Rishard Matthews has contributed 36 catches for 513 yards and two touchdowns. Eric Decker rounds out the top three with 28 receptions for 266 yards and a score.
Defensively, the Titans look to linebacker Derrick Morgan, who leads the way with five sacks. Safety Kevin Byard has six interceptions for Tennessee, including three in Week 7 against the Browns.
How to watch Titans at Steelers
Date: Thursday, November 16th, 2017
Time: 8:25 p.m. ET
Location: Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
TV Channels: NBC, NFLN, Amazon Prime
SB Nation Coverage: Music City Miracles and Behind the Steel Curtain
Online Streaming: NBC Sports will be streaming the game via Stream2Watch and Amazon Prime Video Service, international viewers can use NFL Game Pass.
Radio: 102.5 WDVE Rocks Live Online Radio Stream. Westwood One Sports will air the game across the country. Ian Eagle (play-by-play) and Boomer Esiason (analyst) will call the action and Scott Graham will host pregame and halftime shows.
Announcers: Mike Tirico (play-by-play), Cris Collinsworth (color analyst) and Heather Cox (sideline reporter).
Odds: Steelers: -7; over/under: 43.5 (Bovada)