Published: Wed, November 15, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Steelers open as 7 point favorites over Titans in Week 11

Steelers open as 7 point favorites over Titans in Week 11

The downside for the players is that if the league were to drop "Thursday Night Football", that would eliminate the enormous rights fee that comes with it and subsequently drive down the salary cap, meaning less money for the players. I'd say take Pittsburgh to cover if Mariota doesn't play.

The Steelers still have not scored 30 points in a season, and have only managed to score 20 points in their last two wins even though a bye week separated the games. The Titans will attempt to extend their winning streak against the tough Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday Night Football (5:25 p.m. PT/8:25 p.m. ET, KGW-8, NBC, NFL Network). During an interview on Monday with 93.7 The Fan, a CBS Sports Radio station in Pittsburgh, Roethlisberger ripped the idea of Thursday games and called on the National Football League to just get rid of them.

Mike Tomlin alluded to this reality after Pittsburgh beat the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, 20-17, saying players who limped out of that arena likely wouldn't be able to suit up against the Tennessee Titans on Thursday at Heinz Field. "It's so tough on guys", said Roethlisberger.

Steelers open as 7 point favorites over Titans in Week 11
Steelers open as 7 point favorites over Titans in Week 11

Beyond Haden the Steelers still carry five players who have missed practice time this week due to health concerns or came out of Sunday's game with an injury. You're still sore from Sunday's game.

"Both teams are going through it, so I'm not just speaking on ours", Roethlisberger said. Even a week, you're not still fully recovered Sunday to Sunday. When you go on such a short week, man it's not good. I don't know many players that like it. "I had two of my daughters send me the clip and say, 'Dad, why were you yelling at him?' I was like, I wasn't yelling at Ben, I was yelling at an unnamed coach that I won't talk about right now". "But we've got to do what the league says". The Steelers now hold the tiebreaker for having the better record against the conference (5-1 vs. 4-1). But your body just won't have as much to give as it would have had on a full week's rest. You'd never hear this kind of rant, on day one of preparation no less, from Tom Brady about having to play on Thursday.

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