Back in 2016, outspoken Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman wrote a column for the Players Tribune entitled "Why I Hate Thursday Night Football".
"Yeah, it's miserable. It's bad".
Then he goes on to describe what Thursday is like when a team has just played a game on Sunday and they're scheduled on TNF.
Just like the Steelers, they have made winning games look hard but head coach Mike Mullarkey has described his players as "resilient" and a touchdown from DeMarco Murray - his third of the game - just about sealed the deal against the Bengals.
Perhaps that 17-point, fourth-quarter rally will spark this offense into life as they head into a favourable-looking second half of the campaign that sees them play five of their remaining seven games at Heinz Field but improvement is required ahead of hosting New England on December 17.
The Steelers have won four of their last six games against the Titans with their last win against them coming in 2014 at LP Field in Nashville.
"You've got to let your body recover a little bit", Roethlisberger said. Even a week, you're still not fully recovered Sunday to Sunday. You're still dealing with bumps and bruises and things continue to build up throughout the season... I don't know many players that like it. It's a tough thing to do. "It's a tough thing to do, but you know, you've got to do what the league says".
They are 7-0 over the past two seasons in games decided by four points or fewer and a seven-point start on the spread in Pennsylvania looks attractive with another close encounter very much on the cards.
The Steelers enter this Week 11 matchup happily sporting a 7-2 record that gives them the lead in the AFC North. Pittsburgh has been practically uncontested in the division this year, with the 4-5 Baltimore Ravens being their biggest threat. The Steelers now hold the tiebreaker for having the better record against the conference (5-1 vs. 4-1). Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said nearly the same thing in an interview with Pittsburgh's 93.7 The Fan on Monday.
It's a rising chorus of voices from players feeling empowered to speak freely about their workplace, at a time the league is fighting battles both internal and external. You'd never hear this kind of rant, on day one of preparation no less, from Tom Brady about having to play on Thursday.