Ben Roethlisberger rails against Thursday Night Football

Ross Houston
November 15, 2017

While fans may have been unimpressed by the style in which Pittsburgh won last weekend, the Las Vegas oddsmakers still seem to like what they see in the Steelers. Especially these days. The athletes playing the game are all of the highest quality - veritable fine-tuned machines of physical mayhem - who run and hit faster and harder than ever before. Coming off an unconvincing win over the Indianapolis Colts, the Steelers have little time to get ready for the improving Tennessee Titans.

Roethlisberger went as far as to say Thursday games are "miserable" and "terrible".

The Pittsburgh Steelers held their first official practice of Week 11 on Tuesday and the team's second injury report of the week that was released after the session ended includes the same eight players that were listed on the speculated Monday report plus one more. It's so tough on guys, you're beat up, you're banged up.

Here's everything you need to know to watch the game, or follow along as we bring you the latest score, live updates, photos and video highlights in the comments section below. Both teams are going through it, so I'm not just speaking on ours. You've got to let your body recover a little bit. Even a week you're still not full recovered Sunday to Sunday. You still are dealing with bumps and bruises and things continue to build up throughout the season. When you go on such a short week, man, it's just not good.

Most football players agree with Big Ben.

The entire premise of TNF could have been summed up with Roethlisberger's last comment: at the end of the day, the players need to do what the league says.

It would behove the National Football League to take a hard look at the Thursday night games.

The game between the Steelers and Titans will have huge implications for the Patriots, who remain deadlocked with Pittsburgh for the AFC's top seed at 7-2.

For the season, the Steelers are 5-4 against the spread and 1-8 versus the over.

"It is a tough turnaround physically because it's such a demanding sport, demanding game", Roethlisberger said, via Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.

While that works out to $132,000 per player, it makes more sense to consider the impact in light of proportionate cap burden.

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