Pro Picks: Steelers at home will be too tough for Will Levis, Titans
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Will Levis has a quick turnaround to follow up an impressive debut.
The Tennessee Titans’ rookie quarterback makes his second start Thursday night on the road against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
He won’t have to face injured All-Pro safety Minkah Fitzpatrick, but he can expect to see plenty of T.J. Watt. Levis revived Tennessee’s passing attack, showing off his big arm with four touchdown passes in a win over Atlanta.
The Titans (3-4) don’t have to put all the pressure on Levis and DeAndre Hopkins because they still have star running back Derrick Henry, who wasn’t moved at the trade deadline.
Kenny Pickett plans to start for the Steelers (4-3) despite finishing a loss to Jacksonville on the sideline with a rib injury.
The Steelers are 2 1/2-point favorites, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. Pro Picks leans toward the home team.
STEELERS, 20-16MIAMI vs. KANSAS CITY, in Germany
Line: Chiefs minus 1 1/2
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CHIEFS, 31-23TAMPA BAY at HOUSTON
Line: Texans minus 3
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