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Should NFL football be played every Thursday night? Today’s Madden simulation gave us the definitive answer.

No, absolutely not. This simulation features perhaps the worst game of virtual football ever played. The Pittsburgh Steelers traveled to Nashville to “play” — I use the term loosely — the Titans.

Would the Steelers maintain the momentum gained from their last-second win over the Eagles last Sunday? Could the Titans pull off one of the bigger upsets thus far in the young season? Would Matt Hasselbeck make use of his new lease on life thanks to Jake Locker’s injury? The answers seem obvious, but as with any game of Madden, you just never know.

The first quarter foreshadowed things to come. Let’s detail the carnage.

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Consensus line: Steelers -6.5, total 44
Best line for PIT: Steelers -6, -105 (Bet365)
Best line for TEN: Titans +6.5, -105 (5Dimes)
Current betting percentage: 82% action on the Steelers, 51% action on the OVER

Individual Team Trends:
Steelers are 11-5 ATS in their last 16 games following a ATS loss.
Steelers are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 road games.
Titans are 20-8 ATS in their last 28 games after scoring less than 15 points in their previous game.
Titans are 1-7-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall.
Over is 19-7 in Steelers last 26 games after allowing less than 250 total yards in their previous game.
Over is 9-4 in Steelers last 13 road games.
Under is 5-1-1 in Titans last 7 home games.

Head-to-Head Trends:
Underdog is 6-2 ATS in their last 8 meetings.

The general consensus amongst most people is that the Titans are in for a long Thursday night against the Steelers. That would seem to make sense considering that Tennessee isn’t particularly good at anything. The Titans rank 26th in total offense, 29th in total defense, and their four losses have come by at least three touchdowns. For the untrained eye, this seems like it has blowout written all over it. But to me, this has upset written all over it.

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Did your first-round pick tear a muscle you can’t pronounce? Is your top running back doing more sucking than running? Welp, let’s look for sleepers and waiver wire gold together, and be wrong together, and cry together.

For anyone who called Week 5 as the week when three Dolphins would end up on this list and two of them would be receivers, well, you need help.

What a world.

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Regular folk know that Monday is the worst day of their lives each week, a time when joyous weekend activities are over, and fun is experienced by no one. NFL folk know it as a time for damage control and self-assessment, and we roll on in that vein again here after discovering earlier today that Santonio Holmes won’t be available to an offense that already sucked with Santonio Holmes, and Michael Vick tweaked his knee, but he’s probably alright.

Now we turn our attention to Titans quarterback Jake Locker, who left Tennessee’s loss to Houston yesterday early in the first quarter after just two pass attempts when he suffered a shoulder injury. The news on Locker is the opposite of good, but it’s not catastrophic.

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We may have met an old acquaintance during the early games, and we discovered a new, really cool friend too. If you make a waiver claim on him this week, Brandon Bolden could be like the kid on the block who was the first to get a Nintendo complete with Duck Hunt.

Before we get to Bolden, let’s explore the revival of an old friendship. We used to laugh and break bread with Chris Johnson, but prior to today he mostly just made us want to break stuff that definitely isn’t edible.

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UPDATE: Locker looks to be out for the remainder of the game.

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Via: sbnation.com

Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker has left the game against the Houston Texans after taking a huge hit from Texans safety Glover Quin. Locker looked to be in considerable pain and was immediately taken to the locker room for further tests.

The team is now saying he is questionable to return with a left shoulder injury, the same one he injured back in Week 1 against the Patriots. Matt Hasselbeck is in the game for the Titans.

On the day, Locker had no completions on only two attempts.

Let’s be frank here: Chris Johnson’s struggles have made your fantasy football team suck. I know very little about fantasy football, but I know how to read a stat line, and this is what Johnson’s says through three weeks of the season: 33 carries, 45 yards, and a meager 1.4 yards per carry. That’s got to affect your team, because it’s, well, not good.

There’s a few reasons for Johnson’s struggles, starting with the man himself. He has left yards on the field on occasion because he’s either not seeing them, not beating the tackler, or he’s far too interested in bouncing it to the outside where he believes he can outrun the entire defense and Usain Bolt. But he’s not solely to blame; the Titans’ offensive line shares some blame, and so do the damn good run defenses he’s faced.

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