Steelers vs. Titans: Writers' picks and predictions for a brutal Week 9 AFC fight

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The Still Curtain staff highly favor the Steelers overall in this contest

"I don't think this team is ready to get back on track. A short week and extremely banged up, I don't think Pittsburgh will find a way to win. In what turns out to be an ugly game." - Andrew Falce (Titans 17-9)

"Injuries to Kenny Pickett will be something to keep a eye on. Either way it will be a close one as usual but hopefully the Steelers barely squeak by winning." - Blaze (Steelers 17-13)

"The Steelers couldn't get anything going offensively against the Jaguars despite three takeaways by the defense. Unfortunately, this has become the trend. With their second straight home game -- this time against a rookie quarterback in Will Levis -- I think Pittsburgh can do enough to emerge victorious. Of course, this will likely come on the backs of their defense." - Tommy Jaggi (Steelers 19-17)

"Pittsburgh puts an end to Will Levis’ coming out party by forcing two costly turnovers. The Titans rookie signal caller gets his first welcome to the NFL moment as the Steelers defense carries their offense to yet another sloppy win. Pittsburgh survives at home." - Dawson King (Steelers 20-16)

"Coming off a rather uninspiring effort against the Jags on Sunday, the Steelers look to get back into the win column on Thursday night against the Tennessee Titans. It will be a tall task to stop the Titans' rushing attack; however, the Steelers will prove to be able to do so, to a degree. In what will ultimately be a hard-fought, back-and-forth contest, the Steelers will pull out the victory on a late fourth-quarter strip sack." - Eric C Hassel (Steelers 23-21)

"The Steelers continue their home stand Thursday as the Titans roll into town, fresh off of a monster debut by rookie QB Will Levis. Without Minkah Fitzpatrick and likely Kenny Pickett as well, Pittsburgh is firmly on upset watch" - Shayne Kubas (With Pickett-Steelers 21-20, without Pickett-Titans 24-14)

"The whole world is talking about Will Levis, but on a short week it's hard to believe a rookie in his second start can duplicate his success against Pittsburgh. It'll be low scoring, but this is the kind of game Pittsburgh wins." - Jacob Harrison (Steelers 13-7)

"The Pittsburgh Steelers are against a big wall in Week 9. Kenny Pickett’s injury is concerning and could lead to costly mistakes on the field. I believe in Mitch Trubisky, I just don’t think Matt Canada’s offense will score often in the primetime under his leadership. The Tennessee Titans are carrying momentum from Week 8. Mike Tomlin and the boys get the job done at home ." - Loyal Ricks Jr. (Steelers 18-16)

“The Steelers are facing a rejuvenated Titans team on a short week, without Minkah Fitzpatrick and possibly Kenny Pickett. But the Steelers normally play well when their backs are against the wall." - Cory Rogers (Steelers 24-17)