The Thursday night action this week sees a battle of two AFC division leaders up at Heinz Field, Neil Monnery is here to preview all the action...
"Tennessee have won their last three by a combined total of ten points. They needed OT to beat the win-less Browns, held off an onside kick attempt against the Ravens before scoring a winning TD to beat Cincinnati on Sunday in the final minute."
Tennessee Titans @ Pittsburgh Steelers
Friday 17 November, 01:25 BST
TV: Live on Sky Sports Action & Main Event
For the Steelers...
Somehow Pittsburgh are 7-2 and in total command of the AFC North. This is due to two separate issues, firstly the rest of the division sucks and secondly the overall quality of the league is down this year. This is taking nothing away from Big Ben and Co but apart from the 19-13 win over Kansas City, I struggle to find one impressive result on their resume.
Going back to the Steelers' QB, Ben Roethlisberger openly questioned whether he still had it after that five interception debacle against my Jaguars a month ago. Since then, he's put together solid if unspectacular outings leading his team to four straight wins.
It does help when you have the most complete all purpose back in the NFL among your ranks. Le'Veon Bell has had a quiet year by his standards, going for only 3.8 yards/carry and five scores. Yet despite these less than stellar numbers, I see a big night for the former Michigan State Spartan on Thursday.
In terms of who Roethlisberger has to throw to, could I interest you in Antonio Brown and JuJu Smith-Schuster? The dynamite duo are lighting up the stats sheet and are causing all sorts of problem for the opposition down the field. Look for both to have good nights.
For the Titans...
Tennessee have won their last three by a combined total of 10 points. They needed OT to beat the win-less Browns, held off an onside kick attempt against the Ravens before scoring a winning TD to beat Cincinnati on Sunday in the final minute. They play it tight but none of those three teams are exactly any good.
At the Quarterback position, they have former Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota. Without a shadow of a doubt, he is a player who has all the ability to be one of the upper echelon at his position for the next decade. At just 24, he is still putting it all together. The former Oregon Duck is dealing with slight shoulder and ankle issues but is expected to be ready to go come game time.
What he has at his disposal in the back field is the tandem of DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry. The Titans have a genuine one-two punch in their running corps, which is something that keeps them both fresh deep into the game.
The line has been set at Pittsburgh-7 and that is a big points spread. The Steelers seem to sleepwalk at times, which gives me cause for concern. The short week is big in these Thursday night encounters though and with Mariota dealing with some injury concerns, I wouldn't be stunned if the home team covers with ease. You can get that at [2.00] on the Exchange.
Points-wise the line has been set at 44 and I'm going under once more. I think Tennessee gets shown up for what it is, an average team as Pittsburgh drop 24-27 on them with the Titans scoring very infrequently. You can get under 44 at [2.00] on the Exchange.
On the side markets, after a glorious garbage time Touchdown last Thursday night to nab me a 20/1 shot, I'm thinking along similar lines. Eric Decker is 13/2 to score any time. He's the Titans #3 receiver who still gets a decent amount of targets, that price is too long.