Greg Cote

Steelers-Titans a rare Thursday NFL game worth watching, but one team has big edge

Rookie receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster has been dynamic addition to Steelers offense, one reason we like Pittsburgh at home Thursday night vs. Tennessee.
Rookie receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster has been dynamic addition to Steelers offense, one reason we like Pittsburgh at home Thursday night vs. Tennessee. AP

NFL WEEK 11

GREG COTE'S THURSDAY NIGHT PICK

TITANS (6-3) at STEELERS (7-2)

LINE: PIT by 7.

COTE'S PICK: PIT 28-20.

TV: 8:25 p.m., NBC/NFLN.

Here are two playoff-aimed division leaders in the mostly weak AFC, and both on four-game win streaks. That makes Week 11’s kickoff an unusually strong matchup for a Thursday night. Ben Roethlisberger and Marcus Mariota (who is banged up but should play) both have lots of weapons, and Big Ben’s arsenal has added an exciting pass catcher in rookie JuJu Smith-Schuster out of USCjuju smith-schuster assoc. But Steelers have a clear edge on defense, and also a better-than-average home field advantage magnified by the prime-time stage. Point spread seem too big? It isn’t.

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