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Steelers Win 27-24 On Monday Night Against Titans

Without a question, the AFC North is one of the tightest divisions in the NFL this year. Before the weekend started, the Cleveland Browns found themselves in first place, while the Ravens had a record above .500 and still sat at the basement of the division.

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Now that Week 11 is finished, the Browns find themselves at 6-5 and tied at the bottom of the AFC North with Baltimore. In addition, the Pittsburgh Steelers, who earned their 7th win on Monday night against the Titans, still sit behind a 6-win Bengals team.

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It’s a crazy division, but here’s a look at how the Steelers did their best to stay in the mix of things with a 27-24 comeback victory over the Titans on Monday Night Football.

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The Steelers got on the board first with a 49-yard field goal from Shaun Suisham just 4 minutes into the first quarter. Zach Mettenberger then threw an interception for the Titans on the ensuing drive, which the Steelers’ William Gay returned for 28 yards.

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Working to get their way back into things, Bishop Stankey then scored on a 9-yard run just two minutes after Gay’s return. To end the first quarter, Suisham would hit another field goal to put the Steelers up 13-7.

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The second and third quarters were all Tennessee. Ryan Succop kicked home a 20-yard field goal on the Titans’ first drive of the second, and then Mettenberger would hit Nate Washington for an 80-yard touchdown with just seconds left in the half.

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In the third quarter, Mettenberger would find Chase Coffman for a 4-yard pass and the Titans had the 24-13 lead.

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While it looked like the Steelers had all but disappeared on a cold night in Nashville, Le’Veon Bell had other plans and put the team on his back to start the final quarter. Just seconds into the fourth, Bell would score a 5-yard touchdown that brought it to 24-20. On the night, Bell had a monster 204 yards rushing, but none may have been bigger than the 5 that he earned here.

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The Steelers then got the ball back just moments later, and Ben Roethlisberger would seal the deal with a 12-yard pass to Antonio Brown. Neither team would score after that point, and the Steelers earned their seventh win on the season. With the loss, the Titans have now dropped 4 in a row and are 2-8 on the season.

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On the evening, Roethlisberger was a modest 21/32 for 207 yards passing. He also had an interception, but luckily his only touchdown came when the Steelers needed it most. For Mettenberger, he is adjusting to this new role as a starter for Tennessee in the post-Jake Locker era, and he finished the evening 15/24 for 263 yards.

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No matter how you look at the rest of the stat lines, there is no denying that Le’Veon Bell had a career day. Not only is 204 yards a career high, but the mark is more than the total yards he had in the previous four games combined. His 33 caries was also a career high.

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The Steelers will hope that Bell can keep things up, especially as it looks like the AFC North is still up for grabs. Despite not being in first place, the Steelers still have the best odds to win the Super Bowl from the AFC North. They sit at 35/1, while the Ravens and Bengals are at 40/1, and the Browns are 125/1.

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The Steelers have a bye week next weekend, but then they’ll be at it again in Week 13 against New Orleans. In their final five weeks of the season the Steelers will play Cincinnati twice, and the winner of that final game on December 28th could be the one that advances to the playoffs. Be sure to check in with sportspicks.com handicap insiders for more insight and information.

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As for the Titans, they are statistically eliminated from the playoffs, and they’ll be looking towards the draft to determine how they plan to rebuild this struggling franchise.