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This game comes down to a battle between the Steelers’ defense and the Titans’ offense, so pick your favorite and hope the other team doesn’t catch fire, but for now, the choice leans towards Pittsburgh’s shutdown run defense that only allows opponents to rush 66 yards per game.
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|Steelers vs Titans Information|
|What||Pittsburgh Steelers vs Tennessee Titans|
|Where||Nissan Stadium in Nashville, TN|
|When||Sun, October 25, 2020; 1:00 PM ET|
|How to watch||CBS|
This is the game from Week 4 that was forced to be rescheduled by COVID-19, and now we see two undefeated AFC teams face-off, the 5-0 Pittsburgh Steelers showing strength on both sides of the ball including a devastating pass rush that currently leads the league in sacks per game with 4.8.
The undefeated Titans are also 5-0 and are ranked second in the league in offense but 26th in defense so they will most likely have to count on outscoring the Steelers in a shootout as opposed to trying to shut down Pittsburgh’s Big Ben Roethlisberger, which is far easier said than done.
These two AFC teams have met up a total of 78 times (including 4 postseason games), with the Tennessee Titans winning 32 of those games and the Pittsburgh Steelers winning 46 of the games.
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If there is any team in the NFL that can stop Derrick Henry’s rushing attack it is the Steelers, who are ranked second in run-stopping defense, allowing opponents to only average 66 yards on the ground per game.
Titans Henry averages 117.6 yards of running per game, which leads the league right now in that category, so he typically dominates the offensive attack waged by Tennessee, so neutralizing that will obviously be the key to getting the Steelers to win.
The Pittsburgh defense line featuring Cameron Heyward and Tyson Alualu is ferocious, then add the linebacker crew that features TJ Watt and Bud Dupree and suddenly you have a sacking a loss of yardage threat on every single down.
The Titans have a 26th ranked defense that allows opponents to gain almost 410 yards and score 25.2 points per game, which is not going to help them coming up against the Steelers who score an average of 31 points per game.
It will be up to the defensive line of the Titans to put pressure on Roethlisberger, who is still protecting his recently healed throwing elbow, so expect a big game from guys like Jack Crawford and DaQuan Jones and Jeffrey Simmons.
Also keep an eye on Tennessee cornerback Malcolm Butler, since he will be expected to cover the likes of JuJu Smith Schuster and the Steelers new threat, Chase Claypool, who has both the size and the speed to do damage deep in the secondary.
It is just his fourth season in the NFL, but TJ Watt (younger brother of JJ Watt of the Texans) is already making a huge impact in the NFL, especially when it comes to rushing the opposing quarterback.
So far, Watt has 4.5 sacks and 13 quarterback hits, plus he has defended two passes and has an interception on top of posting 15 total tackles with 9 of those being for a loss.
Watt will be key to this game since Titans QB Ryan Tannehill would love plenty of time to find his targets, but with TJ and his pal Bud Dupree constantly penetrating the front line, there won’t be much time for Tannehill to get rid of the football.
Following up his impressive 2019 performance that earned him the NFL Rushing Yards Leader honors. Titans RB Derrick Henry is having himself an incredible 2020 already.
He currently leads the league in several categories, including a total number of carries (123), a total number of yards rushing (588), longest run (94 yards), and average yards per game (117.6).
Now put this man up against a Steelers team that just shut down the league’s best rushing attack, aka the Cleveland Browns, in Week 6, and you’ve got yourself a battle that is worth watching and that will be one of the keys to this Week 7 game.
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