Go with Big Ben and Steelers minus the points
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Steelers by 6; O/U: 43
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A name that always seems to be omitted from that group is Pittsburgh's Ben Roethlisberger. Maybe he is what some would call a "second-tier'' QB. But I'd take him in a heartbeat.
The ninth-year pro doesn't have numbers this season that would blow anyone away (103 of 157, 1,111 yards, 8 TDs, 1 INT), but he is one of only three active QBs with multiple Super Bowl titles (Brady 3; Manning and Roethlisberger 2).
With numerous injuries to key players, Big Ben has kept the Steelers together this season, especially his 64-yard drive in the final 6:33 that set up Shaun Suisham's 34-yard, last-second field goal in the Steelers' 16-14 win vs. Philly on Sunday.
There were no late-game efforts, or much effort of any kind, for the Titans, who suffered a 30-7 pounding at Minnesota. Matt Hasselbeck will start at QB for the injured Jake Locker a second straight week.
The Titans are 30th in the NFL in rushing yards per game (65.4 ). Running back Chris Johnson has 210 yards on 73 carries (2.9 ypc) and has yet to reach the end zone. No wonder Johnson told reporters on Monday: "We don't look like a good team."
I know home teams have won 14 of the last 18 Thursday night games dating to 2010, but I'll take the better team on a short week and give the points.
The pick: Steelers
Kimberley A. Martin:Steelers