Does anyone find it ridiculous that the 2-2 Pittsburgh Steelers, who were destroyed 35-7 by the Baltimore Ravens, and who have been hit harder by the injury bug than just about anyone else in the league, are favored to beat the 3-1 Tennessee Titans, who by the way, dominated the previously mentioned Ravens.
Despite popular belief, the Steelers are not a good football team. They look slow, old and out of sync. The run defense is 22nd in the league, though, the pass defense is first. They almost lost to the woeful Colts and lost to a Houston team that made way too many mistakes to win.
The Titans, on the other hand, lost to a bad Jacksonville Jaguars squad, but have bounced back to win three in a row. Matt Hasselbeck has revived his career and is on pace to set new career-highs in many categories.
Chris Johnson is starting to get on track, too. He had his first 100-yard game last week and gets back his blocking fullback Ahmad Hall, who was suspended for violating the league's banned substance rules. Against the porous run defense of the Steelers, who will be missing an injured Casey Hampton, I expect CJ to have a big day.
On offense, the Steelers aren't looking at anything easier. Rashard Mendenhall is banged up and probably shouldn't play, and Ben Roethlesberger will have to go on a hurt foot. For a guy who makes living scrambling and breaking tackles, that is a bad thing. It only takes one wrong step to re-hurt an ankle.
The Steelers also have an awful offensive line, but a pretty good receiving corps led by Mike Wallace. Still, overall this doesn't look like a very scary team.
So why are they favored? Probably because no one wants to admit how far this perennial Super Bowl team has fallen. People want the dynamic Steelers who won the Super Bowl two years ago and came close again last year.
But they won't get that team. Instead, the Titans will shock the world Sunday with a smackdown of the Steelers.
But please, Titans, when you win, don't stop the ugly yellow dishrag—I swear it's cursed or something.
Prediction: 31-14, Titans win.
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