Week 6 kicks off Thursday night with the 2-2 Pittsburgh Steelers traveling to Nashville to take on the 1-4 Tennessee Titans at 8:00 on the NFL Network. With neither team owning a winning record both are dire need of a win.
The Titans only win was a 44-41 overtime thriller in week three against Detroit; they have lost by at least 21 points in each of their four losses. Defensively they are a sieve; they rank 29th in yards allowed per game (424), last in points per game (36), 28th in rushing yards per game (144) and are 31st in opponent’s passer rating (112.4). The Tennessee defense is currently on pace to give up 579 points this season, which would shatter the NFL record of 533 points held by the 1981 Colts. The defense is getting no help from the offense that was counting on Chris Johnson (2.9 yards per carry). Matt Hasselbeck will be the QB but he and his receivers just didn’t appear to be on the same page last week. He did not complete any passes that went more than 16 yards in the air last week
The Steelers need a win to keep the Ravens – and Bengals – within their sight in the AFC North. Troy Polamalu is out with a calf injury and historically they struggle when he is not in the lineup; Ryan Mundy takes his place at safety. Percy Harvin torched the Titans secondary last week; now they get to face Antonio Brown, Mike Wallace and Emmanuel Sanders.
Odds: Pittsburgh opened as a 4½ point favorite; the line ended up going to 6 points. The over/under is 43½.
Steelers -6, 2 units; over 43½ 1 unit
final score: Titans 26, Steelers 23
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October 12, 1985:
Ricky Wilson, guitar player for the B-52’s, died from aids.
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