Week 11 vs. Pittsburgh Steelers: Four Tennessee Titans to Watch
By Matt Gibbons
Four Tennessee Titans to keep an eye on for Thursday Night Football.
Three AFC North teams down and one to go. On Thursday night, the Tennessee Titans will take on the Pittsburgh Steelers in what will be a huge game.
Of course, every game matters, but this one will certainly be even more important. Pittsburgh is currently the second seed in the AFC if the playoffs started today, and the Titans could pass them with a win on Thursday night.
Now, it will not be easy, but the Titans have shown the ability to go into a hostile environment and pull out a win. Just look at December of last year. They went to Kansas City and won 19-17 to keep their playoff hopes alive.
Wesley Woodyard has been absolutely amazing this season and deserves to go to the Pro Bowl. He has been all over the field and is in the discussion with Kevin Byard as being the best player on the Titans defense this year.
Woodyard will once again be a key for the Titans’ success this week on defense and will need to constantly make plays in the middle of the field. The Steelers offense runs through RB Le’Veon Bell and Woodyard will need to be a force in tracking him down.
Logan Ryan has quietly been having a very good first season in Tennessee. He may not have any interceptions, but he has played very well in coverage.
Last week against the Bengals, Ryan was playing on WR A.J. Green a ton and we could see him doing that against Antonio Brown this week.
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Corey Davis thought he had the first touchdown of his career last week, but it turned out to be the first fumble of his career.
Thursday will be the third straight game he is playing in and also another week of knowing the offense. The Steelers will be without CB Joe Haden and Corey Davis could see some matchups against our old friend CB Coty Sensabaugh. He should win that matchup and Marcus Mariota could take some deep shots to Davis.
How will DeMarco Murray follow up his three touchdown game, including the game-winner with 36 seconds left?
He still hasn’t looked like the same running back from 2016, but Murray is still an important piece to this team. His pass blocking is irreplaceable and he is a great weapon when catching passes out of the backfield. Also, he made a great move to get into the end zone against the Bengals to seal the game last week.