Tennessee (6-3) at Pittsburgh (7-2), 8:25 p.m. on NBC, NFL Network and Amazon Prime. Week 11 kicks off on Thursday night at 8:25 p.m. on NBC/NFLN/Amazon as AFC contenders Tennessee and Pittsburgh meet at Heinz Field. Both teams have won four consecutive games and both are coming into the Thursday contest with wins under their belts.

Pittsburgh, leaders of the AFC North with a 7-2 record, returns to the Steel City following a 20-17 victory at Indianapolis last week. Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (236 yards) connected on second-half touchdown passes to rookie wide receiver Ju Ju Smith-Schuster and tight end Vacne McDonald and kicker Chris Boswell converted the game-winning 33-yard field goal as time expired in the victory. Pittsburgh, who outrushed the Colts 88-71, trailed 10-3 at the half at Lucas Oil Stadium before they would rally in the secon half to outscore the Colts 17-7 in the final 30 minutes of action. For the Colts, Jacoby Brissett threw for 222 yards and a pair of TDs in the contest. Pittsburgh on third down tries went 5 of 13 and kept the ball for 29:58, while the Colts ruled the clock, holding the pigskin for 30:02, going 6 of 15 on third down conversions.

Tennessee, tied with Jacksonville for first place in the AFC South with a 6-3 record, comes off a 24-20 win in Music City against Cincinnati. Last week, Titans running back De Marco Murray scored three touchdowns (two rushing, one receiving) and Tennessee’s defense limited Cincinnati to 53 rushing yards in the win at Nissan Stadium. The Titans, who outrushed the Bengals 180-53, led 17-13 at the intermission in a game that saw a Bengals player get ejected for the second week in a row, when LB Vontaze Burfict was tossed for making physical contact with an official. Titans QB Marcus Mariota threw for 264 yards for the Titans, despite being sacked four times, while Andy Dalton threw for 265 yards and a pair of TDs, connecting with WR A.J. Green on one. Tennessee went 7 of 15 on third down conversions and kept the ball for 40:09, while the Bengals were 1 of 10 on third down (they were 1 of 1 on fourth down) and held the pigskin for 19:51.

Pittsburgh leads the series 42-31 (which includes contests that took place in Houston when the Titans were known as the Oilers) and the Steelers have outscored Tennessee 1,506-1,277. Pittsburgh won the last meeting, which took place in the Music City in 2014, when they left Nissan Stadium with a 27-24 win, while Tennessee’s last win in the series came in the Steel City in 2013 by a final of 16-9 at Heinz Field. Pittsburgh’s favored by 7 at home in the Steel City and the over/under’s 44. These two could meet in the post-season. Pittsburgh covers the 7 and wins at home.

Broadcast Information: 8:25 p.m. on NBC, NFL Network and Amazon Prime: Mike Tirico, Cris Collinsworth, Heather Cox (Field reporter); NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Ian Eagle, Tony Boselli; SIRIUS: 88 (WestWood1), 81 (Tennessee), 83 (Pittsburgh) XM: 88 (WestWood1), 81 (Tennessee), 83 (Pittsburgh)

Referee: Ronald Torbert

Injury Report

Tennessee – Tennessee reports no injuries.

Pittsburgh
OUT: CB Joseph Haden (Fibula)
QUESTIONABLE: TE Vance McDonald (Ankle), LB James Harrison (Back), S Michael Mitchell (Ankle)

Weather Outlook: Cloudy and 39 degrees

Broadcast information, injury report, officials and logos courtesy the National Football League, odds courtesy Don Best, weather information courtesy The Weather Channel.

 

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