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Thursday Night Football preview: Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Tennessee Titans

The Tennessee Titans will look to build on last week's impressive 28-23 win over the Atlanta Falcons when they travel to Acrisure Stadium to face the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday.

Titans fans enjoyed themselves last week, as rookie Will Levis stole the headlines on his first start, as he threw four touchdown passes in a fine display.

Pittsburgh's defense will be confident they can unsettle him on home soil, and they will be eager to bounce back from last week's disappointing 20-10 defeat to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

WhatTennessee Titans @ Pittsburgh Steelers
WhereAcrisure Stadium, Pittsburgh
When8:15 PM ET, Thursday November 2
How to watchAmazon Prime
OddsTennessee Titans +130 ML, Pittsburgh Steelers -2.5

Can Levis repeat debut magic?

As first appearances go, Levis had a dream day last week as he finally got to shake off his experience at this year's draft.

Levis was expected to be a first-round pick, while to some, he was a top-10 pick at the very worst. The footage of him sitting uncomfortably in his chair with his family as he slid down the board will be played for years and years, but he will hope that he can look back with pride at how far he has progressed.

He led the Titans to a 28-23 win over the Falcons in Week 8, completeing 19/29 passes for 238 yards, four touchdowns, and no interceptions while being sacked twice.

If he repeats last week's performance on a regular basis, he will be going all the way to the top, but the NFL is not like that, and he will be up against it on Thursday night.

The youngster failed to buckle under pressure, though, and he will need that same mentality against the Steelers.

Mike Tomlin's team pressure the quarterback 38.2 percent of the time, which is the 10th-best in the NFL. Plus, TJ Watt is tied for third in the league in sacks.

Levis is -110 to throw for 202.5 yards in Pittsburgh and +320 to throw for over 250 yards.

Tough test on Steelers home turf

The Steelers face a short turnaround this week after playing on Sunday, and there will be some sore bodies heading onto the field.

Pittsburgh's secondary is an area of weakness this week, with safety Minkah Fitzpatrick ruled out due to a hamstring injury. His absence is a huge blow to the Steelers' chances, and cornerback Levi Wallace is listed as questionable.

Levis is known for his strong arm, so wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins may have another field day after his best performance of the season last week.

The Steelers defense have usually held WRs to an 89.3 rate this season, but without Fitzpatrick, they may struggle this week.

Hopkins caught four of his six passes for three touchdowns in Week 8, and he is +220 to score anytime on Thursday night.

Tomlin's team still has every chance of securing a playoff spot with a 4-3 record, but if they struggle to shut down Derrick Henry and Co., they could be in for a tough night.

The Steelers' run defense has struggled with consistency this season, which is bad news with Henry in town. The Titans ace ran for 101 yards last week, the second time this season he has achieved over 100 yards in one game.

 Henry is -110 to run for over 72.5 yards, while another 100+ yard game is priced at +290.

Could home advantage prove decisive?

The Steelers are 2-2 this season at home. Their chances have not been helped by injuries to quarterback Kenny Pickett, and he has had to shake off a rib injury to start on Thursday.

If he can stay fit, then wide receiver George Pickens could have a big night. The Titans have struggled against wide receivers this season, and Pickens has an over/under of 52.5 yards against Tennessee.

The Titans are +100 to cover the +2.5 spread this week, while they are +130 to win on the money line. The over/under for this contest is 37.0.

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