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Paul Zimmerman
January 13, 2003
Steelers at Titans
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January 13, 2003

Dr. Z's Forecast

Steelers at Titans

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When the teams met in November, Pittsburgh quarterback Tommy Maddox had an afternoon he'd rather forget. He was intercepted three times before being carted off late in the third quarter with a scary spinal injury. The Steelers discovered early on that they couldn't run the ball on Tennessee, and they won't this time either. But Pittsburgh is more of a passing team now anyway, and its best chance will be to turn the game into a shootout.

Pittsburgh left cornerback Chad Scott missed Sunday's game against Cleveland, so the Browns attacked with four wideouts, forcing the Steelers to go deep into their DB rotation. The Titans offense isn't built that way, though. The receiving corps isn't deep. With running back Eddie George newly energized, Tennessee's best chance is to attack Pittsburgh with the same balance that produced a few long drives in the November victory, play tough defense and hope for some turnovers.

The Pick: Titans 27, Steelers 20