Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett says he’s “playing for sure” against the Titans on Thursday night. pic.twitter.com/NJxmO5WgtI— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) October 31, 2023
Pickett is 122 of 200 with 1,330 yards with 5 touchdowns and 4 interceptions on the season. To put that in perspective, Pickett has just 1 more touchdown pass in 7 games than Will Levis did on Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons. Imagine not having Will Levis on your team.
The Steelers have three quarterbacks on their roster - Pickett, Mitchell Trubisky, and Mason Rudolph. Is Pickett the best of those three? Probably, but I am not sure there is a huge difference. The Titans opened as 2.5-point underdogs in this match-up. The line has moved to Titans +3 over at DraftKings, so in other words, the oddsmakers at DK don’t see a big difference in who is playing QB for Pittsburgh.
The key for the Titans defense here will be getting pressure on Pickett. He might be ready to play, but I can’t assume he will be ready to take a bunch of hits after injuring his ribs on Sunday. Harold Landry and the Tennessee pass rush were really good against the Falcons. A repeat performance in this one will give the Titans a good chance to pull off the upset.