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Pittsburgh Steelers vs Tennessee Titans Preview
By Mike Drakulich

When Ben Roethlisberger and the Steeler offense takes the field on Thursday Night at Heinz Field, they will see a familiar face across the opposing sidelines in Dick LeBeau, who is the Titan’s Associate Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator.
“It’s not just a defense,” Roethlisberger said Tuesday about playing the Titans on short rest. “It’s a Dick LeBeau defense.”
Roethlisberger knows first hand how great a challenge facing a LeBeau defense can be, considering he faced on hundreds of times at practice.
“That’s what makes him so special,” Roethlisberger said. “He’s probably one of the best defensive coordinators and even better person that I’ve ever been around. It was so much fun to be on his team to see what he did to other quarterbacks. Hopefully, it won’t be as much fun (for LeBeau) going against him.”
Big Ben would like to utilize more of the no-huddle attack this week, considering it’s a short week for both teams to prepare and rest up for.
You have the no-huddle and it’s been in (the playbook) since Day 1, so rather than try to install a bunch of new plays, you go with what you know and have been doing for a long time,” he said.
Cody Sensabaugh feels he is up to the task in filling in for Joe Haden till be returns from his leg injury suffered against the Colts. Haden is expected to miss anywhere from 3-6 weeks.
Sensabaugh would’ve had the 2nd CB slot as his had Haden not been picked up by the Steelers after the Browns released him at the end of Training Camp.
“Happy to have Joe here,” Sensabaugh said. “I am sure it was unexpected for a lot of people. It probably affected me probably more than anybody else on this team.
“But I know as soon as we got him, I hit up my guy (Browns defensive back) Jason McCourty that I was in Tennessee with and asked him for Joe’s number and welcomed him. So I am happy he is here. Everybody is happy he is here, and we want him to get back well and get back to us as soon as possible. But until then, everybody else has to pick up their game and hold it down for him.”
Sensabaugh stepped in and elevated his game when Haden went down.
“Coty came out and did his thing,” safety Sean Davis said. “He had a big play for us.”
Artie Burns, the starter opposite of Sensabaugh, has all the confidence in the world in him.
“Most definitely,” Burns said. “He’s been at practice with us. We have been seeing him do the work. I have confidence in him, and I think everybody else has confidence in him to do his job.”
 
Steelers Keys To Victory
Offense
Find the Deep Ball! A weapon that is sorely missed in this offense.
Release the Hounds! What’s with this dink and dunk trash? The Steelers are built to attack downfield! Do it!
More James Conner! The Steelers are running Le’Veon Bell into the ground. It’s time to lighten the load. Conner can handle it.
Defense
Keep Marcus Mariotta in the Pocket! Mariotta can beat you with his legs. Someone will have to shadow him.
Limit the Running Game! Mariotta isn’t Joe Montana. Make the Titans beat you through the air.
 
Prediction
It’s Prime Time, a place where the Pittsburgh Steelers usually are at the top of their game. The defense continues to pay outstanding, but will be tested without the likes of Joe Haden and Mike Mitchell. That said, it’s time for Todd Haley to take the safety off of the weapons and let Ben Roethlisberger loose to do what he does best… attacking!
The Titans and Marcus Mariotta will no doubt test the Steeler secondary with Haden out. Cody Sensabaugh and the rest of the corners that will fill in during Haden’s absence need to elevate their games.
Le’Veon Bell will need to get the running game going against a tough front seven that the Titans possess. If Bell can get some running room, that should open up Tennessee’s secondary for Ben Roethlisberger and the passing game to exploit.
Steelers 27 Titans 17

Game Information
NFL Week 11
Pittsburgh Steelers (7-2) vs Tennessee Titans (6-3)

Venue: Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, PA.
Game-time: Thursday, November 16th, 8:25 pm
Game Tickets Link
TV: NBC (Local WPXI) | Announcers:  Mike Tirico (play-by-play) Cris Collinswort (analyst) | Heather Cox (sideline)
Local Radio: Pittsburgh- 102.5 WDVE-FM | Announcers:  Bill Hillgrove (play-by-play) Tunch Ilkin (analyst) | Craig Wolfley (sideline)
National Radio: Westwood One  | Announcers:  Ian Eagle (play-by-play) Tony Boselli (analyst) |
Weather at Kickoff: 38 and cloudy.
Vegas Line: Pittsburgh -7.5

Steelers-Titans History
Series History: Series began in 1970.
The Steelers are 42-31 in the overall Regular Season series against the Oilers/Titans.
Steelers are 24-12 playing at home vs Houston/Tennessee
Streak: Steelers won previous meeting.
Last Regular Season Meeting: Nov. 17, 2014, at Tennessee- Pittsburgh 27 Tennessee 24
Steelers are 3-1 in the Post-Season vs the Oilers/Titans.
Last Post-Season Meeting: Jan. 11, 2003, at Tennessee- Tennessee 34 Pittsburgh 31 (OT) – AFC Divisional
 
Game Notes
Titans AHC/DC Dick LeBeau was the Steelers’ secondary coach from 1992-94 and served as DC from 1995-96 and 2004-14
The Steelers aim to improve to 9-9 on Thursday Night Football (7-2 at home).
Pittsburgh looks to improve to 23-7 in primetime games at Heinz Field since the stadium opened in 2001.
Antonio Brown will surpass Marvin Harrison (563) for the most receptions in any five-year span in NFL history with 83 in 2017.
Brown, with 100 catches in 2017, will become the first player in NFL history to record 100 or more receptions in five consecutive years.
Le’Veon Bell needs one rushing score to tie Terry Bradshaw (32) for the fourth-most in franchise history.
James Harrison is 2.5 sacks from 85 in his career with the Steelers.
William Gay will break a tie with Rod Woodson to set the record for the most interceptions returned for touchdowns in team history with his next pick six of si


A look at the Pittsburgh Steelers!
Overall Record: 7-2
Head Coach: Mike Tomlin (11th Season with Steelers)
Overall Regular Season Record: 110-59 (.651)
Playoff Record: 8-6 (Qualified for playoffs 7 times)
2017 Pittsburgh Steelers Roster
Last Game: Steelers 20 Colts 17
 
Scouting the Steelers 
Quarterback- Ben Roethlisberger leads a vastly underperforming offense that has the ability to beat you via the ground or the air. Big Ben has normally been outstanding at home, but has struggled to put up the same numbers on the road the past few seasons.
Running Backs- Le’Veon Bell is considered  to be one of the best all-around backs in the NFL, if not thee best. Bell can kill you on the ground with his speed and elusiveness. He is patient, often delaying a second to find the hole to burst through. Bell is also dangerous out of the backfield as a pass catcher. James Conner will spell Bell from time to time.
Wide Receivers- Antonio Brown is the best receiver in the game. You can count on five catches for at least 50 yards every week at a minimum. This wideout group is extremely deep and talented. Martavis Bryant is a deep threat on every play with his size and speed. Eli Rogers is excellent from the slot. Justin Hunter has superior speed and is also a deep threat. Rookie Juju Smith-Schuster is looking to make his mark in the NFL in his first season and is already becoming a reliable Roethlisberger target. Darrius Heyward-Bey is mainly used on special teams, but is a dependable player when called upon in the passing game.
Tight Ends- Jesse James is the starter and becoming one of Roethlisberger’s favorite targets around the endzone. Vance McDonald is a big target that can make splash plays for Roethlisberger across the middle and inside the redzone. Xavier Grimble is also a nice option for Ben inside the 10 yard line.
Defense- The Steeler defense is primed for an awakening in 2017. On the 3-4 defensive line, it’s Cam Heyward, Javon Hargrave, and Stephon Tuitt. Daniel McCullers will rotate with Hargrave. Should Tuitt or Heyward go down, Tyson Alualu or L.T. Walton would step in.
At linebacker, rookie TJ Watt starts at OLB, with Ryan Shazier and Vince Williams in the middle. Bud Dupree stands opposite of Watt. Both can get at the quarterback and disrupt the opposing team’s passing game. Shazier is a stud in the middle and his speed makes him a nightmare for any QB who makes a mistake across the middle. Don’t count out James Harrison, who will rotate in to spell Watt or Dupree. Anthony Chickillo will also step in for injuries to Watt or Dupree on the outside and is making a name for himself every time he steps on the field.
The secondary has been revamped with the addition of Joe Haden at corner. He won’t have to guard the opposing team’s #1 wide receiver on every down, as that job falls to Artie Burns. Mike Mitchell lines up at free safety, with JJ Wilcox backing him up if injured. Sean Davis is getting better by the game at strong safety. Mike Hilton and Will Gay will be in at slot corner positions when called upon.

Stats
Quarterback
Ben Roethlisberger (2,298 yards passing | 12 TD passes | 10 interceptions | 11 sacks)
Running Backs
Le’Veon Bell (840 yards rushing | 5 rushing TD’s | 40 receptions | 251 yards receiving | 0 receiving TD’s)
James Conner (101 yards rushing | 0 rushing TD’s | 0 receptions | 0 yards receiving | 0 receiving TD’s)
Wide Receivers
Antonio Brown (60 receptions | 882 receiving yards | 3 receiving TD’s)
Juju Smith-Schuster (29 receptions | 521 receiving yards | 5 receiving TD’s)
Martavis Bryant (21 receptions | 276 receiving yards | 1 receiving TD’s)
Eli Rogers (8 receptions | 66 receiving yards | 0 receiving TD’s)
Justin Hunter (3 receptions | 18 receiving yards | 0 receiving TD’s)
Darrius Heyward-Bey (1 receptions | 44 receiving yards | 0 receiving TD’s)
Tight Ends
Jesse James (20 receptions | 193 receiving yards | 2 receiving TD’s)
Vance McDonald (5 receptions | 79 receiving yards | 2 receiving TD’s)
Xavier Grimble (1 receptions | 12 receiving yards | 0 receiving TD’s)
Kicker
Chris Boswell (Extra Point: 15-15 | FG: 18-20 | 0-19: 0-0 | 20-29: 7-7 | 30-39: 6-7 | 40-49: 5-6 | 50+: 0-0 | Long: 49)
Steelers Team Statistics, including Defensive Stats
 

A look at the Tennessee Titans!
Overall Record: 6-3
Head Coach: Mike Mularkey (3rd Season with Titans)
Overall Regular Season Record: 33-49 (.402) | 17-17 (.500) with Titans
Playoff Record: 0-0 (Qualified for playoffs 0 times)
2017 Tennessee Titans Roster
Last Week: Titans 24 Bengals 20
 
Scouting the Titans
Quarterback- Marcus Mariotta has a nice arm and can run when needed.
Running Backs- DeMarco Murray is the lead back, but Derrick Henry is just as good. Murray is a threat out of the backfield.
Wide Receivers- Young with the exception of Eric Decker. Rishard Matthews, Corey Davis, and Taywan Taylor are a nice young trio of receivers. Matthews is Mariotta’s 2nd favorite target.
Tight Ends- Delaney Walker is the top guy in the Titan’s passing attack… at least in receptions.
Defense- Tough against the run, but can be torched in the secondary… if Pittsburgh’s passing attack ever awakens.
 
Stats
Quarterback
Marcus Mariotta (1,783 yards passing | 7 TD passes | 6 interceptions | 12 sacks | 181 yards rushing | 3 TD’s)
Running Backs
DeMarco Murray (433 yards rushing | 4 rushing TD’s | 23 receptions | 155 yards receiving | 1 receiving TD’s)
Derrick Henry (409 yards rushing | 3 rushing TD’s | 6 receptions | 45 yards receiving | 0 receiving TD’s)
Wide Receivers
Rishard Matthews (36 receptions | 513 receiving yards | 2 receiving TD’s)
Eric Decker (28 receptions | 266 receiving yards | 1 receiving TD’s)
Taywan Taylor (13 receptions | 208 receiving yards | 1 receiving TD’s)
Corey Davis (13 receptions | 149 receiving yards | 0 receiving TD’s)
Tight End
Delaney Walker (43 receptions | 458 receiving yards | 0 receiving TD’s)
Kicking
Ryan Succop (Extra Point: 19-20 | FG: 22-25 | 0-19: 0-0 | 20-29: 6-6 | 30-39: 3-3 | 40-49: 12-13 | 50+: 1-3 | Long: 52)
Titans Team Statistics, including Defensive Stats

Steelers – Titans : Offensive vs Defensive Comparison 
Steelers Offense: Steelers average 366.8 | Titans allow 328.3 YPG
Rushing: Steelers average 106.6 YPG | Titans allow 91.9 YPG
Passing: Steelers average 260.2 YPG | Titans allow 236.4 YPG
Scoring: Steelers average 20.8 PPG | Titans allow 23.7 PPG
 
Steelers Defense: Steelers allow 284.4 YPG | Titans average 340.9 YPG
Rushing: Steelers allow 102.7 YPG | Titans average 124.8 YPG
Passing: Steelers allow 181.8 YPG | Titans average 216.1 YPG
Scoring: Steelers allow 16.4 PPG | Titans average 22.8 PPG


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Vance McDonald's YPC is out of this world. Wow

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There was a typo error. He has 5 receptions for 79 yards.

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I will disagree on the deep ball. most teams play a cover 2 vs the Steelers to take away the deep ball. The Steelers need to have plays ready to attack a cover 2 meaning attack the middle of the field at intermediate depth.

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I fear the tits and their run game. running it down our throats like jax and Chicago..murray and henry are big and strong.. and mariota can be elusive too..
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The Titan defense isn't any all star defense either. Hoping Ben & Co. shred them up early and often. Bell should have a standout game with this scenario. Defense needs to get pressure and get it often. My greatest concern is Sensabaugh. Looked really rusty last week vs a one time 3rd string QB. Hoping he's found his groove.


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Right on Bam. Tits strategy is to control the game with the run and eat up the clock. Not give Ben & Co too many opportunities to go against their weak secondary. Steeler D needs to shut down the run and pressure Mariotta into poor throws.

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I fear the tits and their run game. running it down our throats like jax and Chicago..murray and henry are big and strong.. and mariota can be elusive too..
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I think this is the week Ben improves his long ball stats. Would not be surprised to see him hook up with MB and/or JuJu with an over 40 yard pass play. I think Bell will be stifled somewhat, but the Titans are definitely ripe for the pickin' with the long ball.


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Ben needs to show up and not have another 1st half shit fest like with the Colts. He's already crying about playing on Thursday. Guess what, it's the same for the Tits and they have to travel.

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I think this is the week Ben improves his long ball stats. Would not be surprised to see him hook up with MB and/or JuJu with an over 40 yard pass play. I think Bell will be stifled somewhat, but the Titans are definitely ripe for the pickin' with the long ball.


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I think LeBeau is gonna be on a mission Thursday night to prove a point. Honestly, that whole staff might be.

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Steelergenie wrote:
Ben needs to show up and not have another 1st half shit fest like with the Colts. He's already crying about playing on Thursday. Guess what, it's the same for the Tits and they have to travel.

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I think this is the week Ben improves his long ball stats. Would not be surprised to see him hook up with MB and/or JuJu with an over 40 yard pass play. I think Bell will be stifled somewhat, but the Titans are definitely ripe for the pickin' with the long ball.

What part of the shit fest would you say was Ben's fault on Sunday? He did nothing shit festy in that half, unless you count the deep INT that more like a calculated risk. There wasn't a damn thing wrong with his play in Colts game aside from being late on one hole shot to AB and dropping a snap in 2-min drill.

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Road Ben had his worst 1st half of the season against the Colts like 7 for 15 for 72 yds and an interception. If that wasn't a shit fest, I don't know what game I was watching. He wants to go No Huddle for the Tits. Might improve his play.


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I think LeBeau is gonna be on a mission Thursday night to prove a point. Honestly, that whole staff might be.

so, pretty much the same as any team when they play the Steelers.
...only, most would consider them an inferior team, and Mikey T is on our sideline, so... :?

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Road Ben had his worst 1st half of the season against the Colts like 7 for 15 for 72 yds and an interception. If that wasn't a shit fest, I don't know what game I was watching. He wants to go No Huddle for the Tits. Might improve his play.

Process, not results. Nothing wrong with his play in 1st half, unless you want to nitpick a meaningless INT on a play where they're desperate to get Bryant involved for the future good of the team. Not a single bad throw or poor decision in that first half.

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The Steelers must dominate the Titans interior offensive line. Ben Jones, Quinton Spain, and Josh Kline are mediocre at best. Heyward Tuitt and Hargrave must make plays. The best way to eliminate gimmick offenses is to cause chaos in the back field...The best way to cause chaos in the back field is interior offensive linemen being walked/ inside pressure.

Conklin and Lewan are the best tackle tandem in the NFL and its not close...I don't expect much pressure coming from the edge unless the Steelers free the hounds and bring 6 rushers

The Steelers must tackle better

The Titans have several players in the run game with big game ability...If the Steelers tackle like shit they will have the ball jammed down there throats

The Titans wide receivers are far better than they look on paper

The Steelers offense just needs to attack defenses...The Steelers talent level is elite.

The Steelers offensive game plans are like a 1st time acid user...All over the place...It makes no sense....And no matter how much you drink you think it can't get worse

The team that tackles and blocks better without turning the ball over will win

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Good post FC. You are right that 3 man rush stuff is not going to get it done. Bring 6 or mix it up and live or die with the blitz.

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IMO

The Steelers must dominate the Titans interior offensive line. Ben Jones, Quinton Spain, and Josh Kline are mediocre at best. Heyward Tuitt and Hargrave must make plays. The best way to eliminate gimmick offenses is to cause chaos in the back field...The best way to cause chaos in the back field is interior offensive linemen being walked/ inside pressure.

Conklin and Lewan are the best tackle tandem in the NFL and its not close...I don't expect much pressure coming from the edge unless the Steelers free the hounds and bring 6 rushers

The Steelers must tackle better

The Titans have several players in the run game with big game ability...If the Steelers tackle like shit they will have the ball jammed down there throats

The Titans wide receivers are far better than they look on paper

The Steelers offense just needs to attack defenses...The Steelers talent level is elite.

The Steelers offensive game plans are like a 1st time acid user...All over the place...It makes no sense....And no matter how much you drink you think it can't get worse

The team that tackles and blocks better without turning the ball over will win


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I'm a little concerned about Orakpo vs Villanueva. That's not a good matchup for AV when he's at the top of his game... and right now, he's not at the top of his game.

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bradshaw2ben wrote:
Steelergenie wrote:
Road Ben had his worst 1st half of the season against the Colts like 7 for 15 for 72 yds and an interception. If that wasn't a shit fest, I don't know what game I was watching. He wants to go No Huddle for the Tits. Might improve his play.

Process, not results. Nothing wrong with his play in 1st half, unless you want to nitpick a meaningless INT on a play where they're desperate to get Bryant involved for the future good of the team. Not a single bad throw or poor decision in that first half.


Which is a stupid way to get Bryant back on his game, IMO.


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Steelergenie wrote:
Road Ben had his worst 1st half of the season against the Colts like 7 for 15 for 72 yds and an interception. If that wasn't a shit fest, I don't know what game I was watching. He wants to go No Huddle for the Tits. Might improve his play.

Process, not results. Nothing wrong with his play in 1st half, unless you want to nitpick a meaningless INT on a play where they're desperate to get Bryant involved for the future good of the team. Not a single bad throw or poor decision in that first half.


Which is a stupid way to get Bryant back on his game, IMO.

I concur

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FC wrote:
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The Steelers must dominate the Titans interior offensive line. Ben Jones, Quinton Spain, and Josh Kline are mediocre at best. Heyward Tuitt and Hargrave must make plays. The best way to eliminate gimmick offenses is to cause chaos in the back field...The best way to cause chaos in the back field is interior offensive linemen being walked/ inside pressure.

Conklin and Lewan are the best tackle tandem in the NFL and its not close...I don't expect much pressure coming from the edge unless the Steelers free the hounds and bring 6 rushers

The Steelers must tackle better

The Titans have several players in the run game with big game ability...If the Steelers tackle like shit they will have the ball jammed down there throats

The Titans wide receivers are far better than they look on paper

The Steelers offense just needs to attack defenses...The Steelers talent level is elite.

The Steelers offensive game plans are like a 1st time acid user...All over the place...It makes no sense....And no matter how much you drink you think it can't get worse

The team that tackles and blocks better without turning the ball over will win


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This matchup concerns me. I fear the 3 yards and a cloud of dust gameplan. The Titans are a team that you need to score on early. Otherwise, their stellar tackles will be leaning on our OLBs all game. Giving them all game to establish the run is doing things the hard way, and it could play out similar to the Bears game.


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bradshaw2ben wrote:
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Road Ben had his worst 1st half of the season against the Colts like 7 for 15 for 72 yds and an interception. If that wasn't a shit fest, I don't know what game I was watching. He wants to go No Huddle for the Tits. Might improve his play.

Process, not results. Nothing wrong with his play in 1st half, unless you want to nitpick a meaningless INT on a play where they're desperate to get Bryant involved for the future good of the team. Not a single bad throw or poor decision in that first half.


There is no such thing as a meaningless interception when the game is not well in hand.

Let me try to be provocative by posting some against-the-grain possibilities.

Ben, statistically, is 7th best QB in the league, you say? Which statistical combinations bear that out?
https://www.pro-football-reference.com/ ... assing.htm

By QB rating? Dude ranks 24th.
Completion percentage? Dude ranks 26th.
TDs? Tied for 12th.
Total yards? 9th
Y per A? Tied at 10th with 7.5
Y per Game? 10th

How do you get seventh out of that?

Now, maybe Ben is being completely hosed by Haley and considering how much he is being hampered, is playing really well.

If Ben makes the probowl, it's going to be as alternate, obviously. And thus far in the season if Ben were in the NFC, would he even be sniffing pro-bowl mention? Fine, suppose he makes the pro-bowl in the AFC. Only because the AFC only has two standout QBS: Brady and Smith. Everyone else ranges from tire fire to inconsistently good. (I haven't really looked at how Rivers is doing.)

But I would argue further that this season should give the Tomlin doubters pause. Everyone says the team will be terrible in the post-Ben era under Tomlin. What they mean is that when Tomlin no longer has hall of fame play at the QB position, his goose will be cooked. Oops. Ben is having an average season (hardly great, no where near elite) and the team is...7-2.

So there you have it folks: Tomlin has the team 7-2 with mediocre QB play.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 16, 2017 10:19 am 
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I don't care about squeaking by in rs games vs inferior opponents with the exception that it has put us in good position at the moment. I've seen plenty of pretender rs teams rack up rs wins over the years.

This franchise is about what happens PS.

Cowher was a good rs coach but a poor ps coach pre Ben. His football philosophy was inferior in terms of tournament football. Those RS wins we racked up in the 90's in terms of Lombardi's are overrated.

Tomlin is Cowher the 2nd unless something changes. Both guys are very likeable people but not brilliant coaches.


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 Post subject: Re: Titans preview
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This matchup concerns me. I fear the 3 yards and a cloud of dust gameplan. The Titans are a team that you need to score on early. Otherwise, their stellar tackles will be leaning on our OLBs all game. Giving them all game to establish the run is doing things the hard way, and it could play out similar to the Bears game.

The strengths of TEN are:

A. its edge players on D
B. its OTs
C. Mariota's running ability

Steelers can run between the tackles vs this team, and they should be able to throw it at will in the middle of the field.

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 Post subject: Re: Titans preview
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bradshaw2ben wrote:
stillenigma wrote:
This matchup concerns me. I fear the 3 yards and a cloud of dust gameplan. The Titans are a team that you need to score on early. Otherwise, their stellar tackles will be leaning on our OLBs all game. Giving them all game to establish the run is doing things the hard way, and it could play out similar to the Bears game.

The strengths of TEN are:

A. its edge players on D
B. its OTs
C. Mariota's running ability

Steelers can run between the tackles vs this team, and they should be able to throw it at will in the middle of the field.


Agreed. But will the Steelers "do what we do" gameplan rear its ugly head again? Our offense needs to be efficient early for me to feel good.


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