Tensions for the game are further increased by the Steelers-Titans rivalry that dates back to the 1970s when the Steelers and then-Houston Oilers played in the AFC Central.
With the Steelers and the Tennessee Titans, Thursday Night Football - for one night and one night only, probably - pits two of the more in-form teams in the NFL against each other. It's hard to execute sharp game plans when you're still exhausted. After losing three of their first five games, Tennessee has won four in a row over the Colts, Browns, Ravens and Bengals. Their O/U trends are 0-4 in their last 4 Thursday night games, 1-7 in their last 8 games on the grass, 1-5 in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning record, 1-4 in their last 5 November games and in their last 5 games following an ATS loss, 20-41-1 in their last 62 games vs. AFC, 15-35-1 in their last 51 games overall, and 16-37-1 in their last 54 games following a win.
Pittsburgh may have a 7-2 record but there is still something not quite clicking, clearly illustrated by a scruffy 20-17 victory last weekend over a feeble Indianapolis outfit which required a Chris Boswell field goal as time expired to get them over the line. Just play Mondays and Sundays. The Steelers, led offensively by quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown, and Le'Veon Bell, donned a personality of one of the most explosive offenses in the league and backed by a more than capable defense emerged as legitimate title contenders. It's so tough on guys, you're beat up, you're banged up.
"Both teams are going through it, so I'm not just speaking on ours", Roethlisberger continued.
It would behove the National Football League to take a hard look at the Thursday night games. You've got to let your body recover a little bit. Even a week, you're still not fully recovered Sunday to Sunday.
The Steelers play the Titans at Heinz Field this Thursday. You still are dealing with bumps and bruises and things continue to build up throughout the season. It's a tough thing to do. The more injuries that pile up, the more diluted their product gets.
In addition to leading the division, the Titans also come into this Thursday night contest riding a 4 game winning streak.
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