The Steelers are 6-point road favorites against the Titans
The Titans return home to host the Steelers on Thursday Night Football. The oddsmakers at BetJambo favor the Steelers by 6 points and the total for this game is set at 43½.
The Steelers offense received a boost with the return of running back Rashard Mednenhall, who rushed for 81 yards and one touchdown on 14 carries against the Eagles last week.
The Steelers will figure to run even more against a Titans team that ranks 28th in the NFL against the run, allowing 144.1 rushing yards per game. Their pass defense is also terrible, giving up 279.6 passing yards per game (25th in NFL). Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger three five touchdown passes in last year's 38-17 romp against the Titans.
He has completed 72% of his passes in four career meetings against the Titans, throwing for 1,138 yards, 10 touchdowns and five interceptions. Roethlisberger has thrown for 1,111 yards, eight touchdowns and just one interception this season.
The Titans offense has really struggled, especially with backup quarterback Matt Hasselbeck under center and running back Chris Johnson (2.9 yards per carry) being a shell of his former self.
The Titans have lost all four of their games by at least three touchdowns, getting outscored 68-21 during their two-game road trip at Houston and Minnesota. Chris Johnson has rushed for 52.8 yards per game on 3.5 yards per carry with two touchdowns in his last four games against the Steelers.
Matt Hasselbeck has thrown for a mere 5.5 yards per attempt with three touchdowns and three interceptions but he did play pretty well in last year's meeting at Pittsburgh, completing 29 of 49 passes for 262 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Hasselbeck should be getting a bit of a boost with wide receiver Kenny Britt (ankle) likely to play all of the snaps. Britt hasn't been 100 percent healthy in any game so far and he creates matchup problems for a Steelers secondary that will miss star strong safety Troy Polamalu.
Home field advantage gives the Titans a real edge. Teams that have a short week to prepare and travel have had a difficult time playing on Thursday night and that will not change tonight. Keep in mind that the Steelers have had difficulties winning on the road lately. The Steelers are 0-6 ATS in their last six road games and a mediocre 1-5 ATS in their last six games overall.
The Titans on the other hand are 20-8 ATS in their last 28 games after scoring less than 15 points and 4-0 ATS in their last four Thursday games. Look for the Titans to keep this game close enough to cover at home.
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