Thursday Night Football: Big Ben Chases All-Time Steelers Passing Mark Against the Titans

Ben Roethlisberger could set the Pittsburgh Steelers all-time passing yardage mark tonight against Tennessee, needing 287 yards. He will do so without the blessing of Terry Bradshaw, because as Jamison Hensley notes, the two are not on speaking terms. It apparently arises out of some comments that Bradshaw made after Big Ben’s motorcycle injury, but the two men who account for all six Pittsburgh titles at quarterback do not seem to like each other.

How likely is it that Ben passes Bradshaw tonight? Tennessee is dead last in points allowed per game this year, and is surrendering 279.6 passing yards per game, just below the mark needed. Pittsburgh should have plays available and it may just depend on whether Matt Hasselbeck plays better and the Tennessee offense forces Pittsburgh to be aggressive. Hasselbeck has looked pretty bad since coming in to replace the injured Jake Locker. He does probably get Kenny Britt for more extended snaps this week, and Troy Polamalu will be out again after coming back for last Sunday’s game. Lamarr Woodley is also out for this game.

The Line: Pittsburgh by 6

The Pick: Tennessee (+6) to keep it close at home, 24-20 Pittsburgh

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