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NFL Opening Kick-Off Predictions: Steelers Should Squeak By

PITTSBURGH - AUGUST 29:  Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers passes downfield in the second quarter during the game against the Buffalo Bills at Heinz Field on August 29, 2009 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Joe KleiberCorrespondent ISeptember 10, 2009

It's finally here after a long wait and tonight's game shouldn't disappoint. NFL's opening kickoff game features the Steelers and the Titans and it should be a tight game that will come down to the last moments.

If the Steelers want to start off strong they will have to contain the dynamic duo of Chris Johnson and LenDale White. They should contain the passing game, but will need to play top-notch defense to stop their two-headed rushing attack.

If the Titans are to win the game, they'll need to stop Ben Roethlisberger and the passing attack, while slowing down the running attack of Willie Parker and Rashard Mendenhall.

The Steelers offensive line should be improved and with the offseason loss of Albert Haynesworth, the Titans rush defense won't be as stout. Fantasy owners should expect a decent game out of Parker and the Steelers wideouts, who will find some room to run.

 

Prediction: Steelers 24 Titans 17

Studs:

Titans: Chris Johnson (RB) Rob Bironas (K) Titans Defense

Steelers: Ben Roethlisberger (QB) Willie Parker (RB) Santonio Holmes (WR) Hines Ward(WR) Steelers defense

Duds:

Titans: LenDale White (RB) Nate Washington (WR) Justin Gage (WR)

Steelers: Rashard Mendenhall (RB) Jeff Reed (K)

 

Adjust your lineups accordingly and I'll be back to make more predictions for the weekend. Enjoy the game and let the NFL season begin!

 

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