The Pittsburgh Steelers will try and win consecutive games for the first time this season when they travel to Tennessee to take on the Titans Thursday night. According to the Week Six NFL odds, the Steelers are favored by 5.5 points with the over/under listed at 42.5.
Pittsburgh was boosted in their 16-14 win over the Eagles last week with the return of key contributors on both sides of the ball. Linebacker James Harrison harassed Michael Vick, while running back. Rashard Mendenhall showed himself to be recovered from a torn ACL suffered at the end of last season.
The injury news wasn’t all good, as the Steelers will be without safety Troy Polamalu after he re-injured his calf against the Eagles. Linebacker Lamarr Woodley is also out because of a hamstring injury.
With Mendenhall and Harrison back, the Steelers could be poised to go on a run and the Titans could prove the perfect foil. Mendenhall was used judiciously against the Eagles, but the production was there. He averaged 5.8 yards a carry while toting the ball for 81 yards and a touchdown against the Eagles. He also caught two balls out of the backfield. Expect Mendenhall to see even more action this week now that he’s proven his knee can hold up.
Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has also been on top of his game through the first quarter of the season. He has thrown eight touchdowns to just one interception thus far and his 100.6 quarterback ranks 6th in the NFL.
In Tennessee, the Steelers face a team that’s in survival mode following the slow start. The Titans have been blown-out in all four of their losses and the 36.2 points a game they allow ranks dead-last in the NFL. There will be a change at quarterback, as Matt Hasselback will get his first start of the year in place of the injure Jake Locker.
This game does have the potential to be a blowout and the 5.5-point line seems more than reasonable. Look for the Steelers to beat the spread against the Titans.