Steelers vs. Titans: Who the experts are taking in this Week 9 Thursday night battle

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Week nine in the NFL comes as the Steelers sit in the middle of a three-game home stand. This is a crucial part of their schedule, and they need to find ways of winning games between this week and next. They cannot lose against the Titans and then another opponent the following week. They cannot go winless over these three weeks of time.

The Steelers should be able to have a winning record coming out of this home stand and that should start this week. They need to beat the Titans at home on a short week. Kenny Pickett is beat up and there are a lot of issues on this roster. Luckily Tennessee enters this game with a lot of issues too, so perhaps Pittsburgh has a shot at winning this one.

Fox Sports has the Steelers barely getting the win at home this week

Fox Sports Prediction: Steelers 21, Titans 17

Fox Sports has the Steelers winning this game in a tight contest. It is bold to imagine a world where the Steelers offense could actually reach three touchdowns in a single game. Both the fans and those who cover the team hold little hope that this offensive unit can find any semblance of an offensive attack this season. It could continue to be ugly all year.

The rushing attack by the Titans could be one of the sole reasons as to why the Titans can stay in this game. Levis is the wild card here as his rookie status could either continue over the success from last week or it could become a negative this time around. Historically, Pittsburgh has been a tough matchup for rookie quarterbacks.

This game will come down to whether the black and gold's defense is able to stop the run enough for the Titans to abandon it and focus on Levis' shoulders to take over the game. If that happens and T.J. Watt and company get after the passer, then this one could be in the Steelers favor. It is a tough game to predict, but Fox Sports has the home team winning by four.