Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Tennessee Titans: Spread Info, Line and Predictions

Pete Schauer@@Pete_SchauerCorrespondent IOctober 10, 2012

PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 07:  Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers drops back to pass against the Philadelphia Eagles during the game on October 7, 2012 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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The Pittsburgh Steelers (2-2) will be looking to make it two wins in a row when they travel to Tennessee to take on the Titans (1-4). 

The Steelers are coming off a 16-14 win against the Philadelphia Eagles that saw Rashard Mendenhall return to the lineup to rush for 81 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries. Meanwhile, the Titans were blown out on the road by Christian Ponder and the Minnesota Vikings.

A win for Pittsburgh would put it in the thick of an AFC North battle, while a loss for Tennessee would put it further in the cellar of the AFC South.

Here's a look at everything you need to know for Thursday Night Football's edition of the Steelers vs. Titans. 


Where: LP Field, Tennessee 

When: Thursday, Oct. 11 at 8:20 p.m. ET

Watch: NFL Network


Spread: Steelers (-6) (Bovada) 

I like Pittsburgh to cover the spread despite being on the road.

The fact is that the Titans are just not a good football team right now, with Matt Hasselbeck taking over at QB due to Jake Locker's shoulder injury. Hasselbeck has come on to throw three interceptions since taking over for Locker, and Chris Johnson has been dismal on the ground this season.

With Mendenhall back, the Steelers' offense is only getting better.


Over/Under: 42.5

It's not a lot of points, but I'd still take the under on Thursday night.

The total has gone under in eight of Pittsburgh's last 11 games, and neither of these teams is filling the scoreboard this season.

The Steelers are averaging 23.3 PPG and the Titans 17.6. Add those two together, and you get 40.9 points.

Take the under.


Key Injuries: via CBS Sports

PIT LB James Harrison—KNEE—QST

PIT RB Rashard Mendenhall—KNEE—QST

PIT S Troy Polamalu—CALF—OUT




TEN S Jordan Babineaux—KNEE—QST

TEN CB Alterraun Verner—THIGH—QST



Big Fantasy Players

Mike Wallace

Mike Wallace has been a solid fantasy starter this season, scoring a touchdown in three out of four games.

He had a down week last Sunday against a solid Eagles secondary, but against a Titans 25th-ranked pass defense on Thursday night, Wallace looks to be in for a big night. He caught six passes for 82 yards and a TD against Tennessee last year and is always a big-play threat for your lineup.

Wallace has more fantasy points in standard leagues than teammate Antonio Brown, making him a nice option in Week 6.


Jared Cook

Jared Cook owners must start him this weekend.

Cook has emerged as a receiving threat for the Titans' offense and has good chemistry with Hasselbeck, who found Cook for five catches and a touchdown last week.

The Steelers' defense has allowed a touchdown to a TE in three of four weeks this season. Need I say more?


Keys to a Steelers Win: Take Advantage of Weak Pass D

As I said earlier, the Titans' defense has been horrendous against the pass. They've surrendered an average of 280 YPG and a total of 12 passing touchdowns this season, while the Steelers' offense ranks No. 11 in passing yards and has found the end zone eight times through the air.

With deep threats like Wallace and Brown, Pittsburgh has a chance to exploit the Titans' secondary for a big night.


Keys to a Titans Win: Don't Turn the Ball Over

The Titans' offense has given the ball up 10 times this season, with Hasselbeck's three interceptions in two games not helping the cause.

Tennessee's defense can't sustain long periods of time on the field against Ben Roethlisberger, so the Titans will need their offense to hold onto the football and keep the Steelers' offense off the field if they're going to win at home on Thursday night.


Prediction: Steelers 27, Titans 13

With Mendenhall back, Pittsburgh's offense takes another step in the right direction. They'll run the ball just enough to open up the pass for Roethlisberger and his receivers to dominate the Titans' secondary.

Tennessee's reeling offense won't have an answer for a hungry Pittsburgh D as it easily conceits to the Black and Yellow.


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