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Everything seems to be against the Steelers, but…

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No James Harrison, no Casey Hampton, no Aaron Smith and Rashard Mendenhall only in the event of an emergency.
Ben Roethlisberger will play on a sprained left foot, and he will operate behind the fifth different offensive line combination in as many games.
The Titans have already beaten the Ravens, they lead the NFL in scoring defense and Pro Bowl running back Chris Johnson appears to be rounding into form after a slow start.
All signs point to the 3-1 Titans beating the beat-up Steelers today at Heinz Field.
That is why I am picking the Steelers to win -– something they are favored to do in spite of a recent spate of injuries and their well-documented struggles when it comes to stopping the run.
This team seems to thrive off an us-against-the-world mentality, whether slights are real or imagined. It seems to be at its best when it is pushed against a wall.
I expect the Steelers to play their best game of the season -– and think it will be just enough to beat the Titans.
Steelers 24, Titans 20.

— Scott Brown

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