🏈 Best Rookie Debut Ever?
Fresh off an unbelievable debut vs. Atlanta, rookie QB Will Levis will enter Heinz Field hoping to lead the Titans to another W vs. the injury-depleted Steelers. Can the rook get the job done yet again? Or will Tomlin do Tomlin things and keep his streak alive? 💪 (2 min read)
Best Debut Ever?
As ridiculous as the question seems, it needs to be asked — did rookie QB Will Levis just have the greatest debut performance in NFL history? While other standout performances like Cam Newton’s magical 2011 debut come to mind, Levis’ outing certainly put him in some rarified air. With struggling starting QB Ryan Tannehill injured, the rook more than stepped up to the plate, immediately invigorating what’s been a middling offense at best this season ⚡️
Levis threw for a staggering 238 yards and four touchdowns, including three to star offseason acquisition DeAndre Hopkins
He showed off the rocket arm that made him a first-round prospect before a surprising draft day tumble. Watch this if you missed it
Rookie @will_levis had some serious air yards in his stellar debut 🚀
— NFL (@NFL)
Nov 1, 2023
The rookie will have his work cut out for him vs. a tough Pittsburgh defense led by the elite T.J. Watt. The Steelers will come out hungry following a tough home loss to Jacksonville, in which starting QB Kenny Pickett sustained a rib injury. Pickett will be a game-time decision tonight (says he’s playing), but Mike Tomlin’s squad has shown the resilience to pull out surprising wins in the face of injuries or talent deficits 😤
Spread: Steelers -2.5
Moneyline: Steelers -154, Titans +130
Barely Scraping By
The Steelers’ 4-3 record is fairly deceiving, as their -34 point differential is good for ninth worst in the league. The offense has looked uninspiring to say the least, as evidenced by Pittsburgh fans’ much-publicized distaste for OC Matt Canada 💀
Alex Smith was on Pat McAfee Friday and he was asked about his comments on Matt Canada's offense last Sunday. Instantly, a "Fire Canada" chant started in... Utah. #Steelers#NFL
— Steelers Depot 7⃣ (@Steelersdepot)
Oct 27, 2023
If Pickett is out tonight, the Steelers will likely struggle even more than usual to rack up points, as backup QB Mitch Trubisky underwhelmed in his stint last week 😬
Defense is Pittsburgh’s calling card, but they will be hampered on that end as well with star safety Minkah Fitzpatrick out
Given their residence in perhaps the league’s most competitive division, the Steelers desperately need a win vs. Tennessee. If they fall again with either Pickett or Trubisky under center, Tomlin’s historic streak could be on pace to finally come to an end
Will the streak continue for Mike Tomlin and the Steelers this season?
— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX)
Sep 8, 2023
It’s evident that the Titans are the squad riding into this matchup with all of the momentum. Beyond his overall electric play in his debut, Levis established a clear connection with Hopkins, the legitimate No. 1 receiver that Tennessee has been sorely lacking since the A.J. Brown trade. If the Hopkins rejuvenation continues, it has the potential to revitalize an offense averaging only 18.9 PPG 📈
Levis gives the Titans their most exciting QB prospect since Marcus Mariota, who seemed like a franchise mainstay but quickly flamed out
Regardless of Tannehill’s injury status moving forward, it’s clear that the 35-year-old’s status as the Titans’ obvious starter is over. Beyond Levis’ eye-popping arm talent, the rookie QB is already gaining the respect of the locker room with his leadership
CLASS ACT: #Titans rookie QB Will Levis made sure to talk about how Malik Willis is a big part of the team, knowing that the fans viscously booed Malik today and that he was probably feeling bad❤️
This is despite Willis and Will fighting for the QB job and him being asked about… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
— MLFootball (@_MLFootball)
Oct 29, 2023
Who wins tonight?
Trivia Question: Will Levis’ televised draft day slide to 33rd overall was an unfortunately viral moment for the expected first rounder — can you name all of the QBs who were selected ahead of Levis in the first round of the 2023 Draft?
For My Parlay Gurus
Maybe I’m buying into the historic debut a bit too much, but I really like the Titans in this one. Given Pittsburgh’s major injury troubles and general offensive malaise, I like Levis to lead Tennessee to a second straight win. Let’s ride 👇
Titans +2.5 @ Steelers: -105
DeAndre Hopkins Anytime Touchdown Scorer: +200
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Trivia Answer: There weren’t too many QBs taken ahead of Levis and they were all gone in the first four picks — Bryce Young, CJ Stroud and Anthony Richardson
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