Oct 11, 2012; Nashville, TN, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) calls a play in the huddle against the Tennessee Titans during the second half at LP Field. The Titans beat the Steelers 26-23. Mandatory credit: Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports

ESPN Analysts in Near Unanimous Agreement with Titans vs. Steelers Picks

Titans vs. Steelers Picks: ESPN Analysts Favor Steelers to Win, 12-1

Everyone continues to jinx the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Tennessee Titans won’t have a shortage of motivation coming from doubters, much of which stems from the “experts.” Oh, and a certain editor who’s hopefully proven as a complete idiot by 3:30 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.

ESPN analysts have made their Week 1 NFL picks for all 16 games. In the Titans vs. Steelers matchup, 12 of 13 analysts chose the Steelers. Most of the ESPN pick’em community agrees. Mike Ditka was the only one courageous enough to predict a Titans victory that would end the Steelers’ 10-game home-opener winning streak.

This committee didn’t show much variety in their picks. They had unanimous decisions on three games: New England Patriots over Buffalo Bills, Tampa Bay Buccaneers over New York Jets and San Francisco 49ers over Green Bay Packers. Four other games were 12-of-13.

Keyshawn Johnson took the Oakland Raiders to steal a home victory away from the Indianapolis Colts? C’mon, man! Hope he’s right.

Anyone detect homerism from the Titan Sized staff? Check out their staff predictions and evaluations for the Titans vs. Steelers matchup. The Titans were favored to win, 4-2. Editor Joshua Huffman and staff writer Nicholas Pitakos were the only ones who picked against them.

The Titans have plenty to prove. As seven-point underdogs, the Titans mustn’t prove the critics right. The Titans need to open the season with at least one win in their first two road games along with a home-opener victory against the San Diego Chargers.

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