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

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Final prediction has Tennessee continue their momentum from last week

It will be interesting to see if what happened last week by the Titans was a fluke or not. Will Levis played lights out during the game last week for Tennessee, so it will be interesting to see how Pittsburgh reacts to a short week of preparation for him. Normally a game on Thursday means the club that can play more physically will win.

There are a lot of inconsistencies with the Titans this year, but the same can be said for the Steelers. The black and gold need this game to be a turning point for their season, or else they will have lost two out of three games in this home stand if they cannot win this one. Whoever controls the run game better will probably be the victor and it's not looking good for the home team.

Titans win 22-17

Derrick Henry is coming to town and even though he is getting older, he can still be a difference maker in a game. The Steelers defense has been terrible against the run and the Titans will do their best to display that weakness early and often. After that, they will allow the play action pass to open up with Levis taking a couple of deep shots for big gains.

Pickett has to be the difference maker here; he cannot be outshined by a current rookie in the league. The Steelers offense will need to stand up and play smart and effective football throughout the four quarters. If they can't then this could get ugly in a hurry as the Titans will get chunk plays routinely if Pittsburgh falls behind the eight ball early.

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