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09-19-2010, 01:16 AM
Breaking down Steelers vs. Titans
Sunday, September 19, 2010
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3 reasons why the Steelers will win

1) Run defense The Steelers pride themselves in stopping the run and must do so against the Titans to have any chance. Last week, they held Michael Turner to 42 yards on 19 carries, but Chris Johnson is quicker than Turner and will present a stiffer challenge.

2) Rashard Mendehall Offensive coordinator Bruce Arians said that QB Dennis Dixon is going to have to contribute more this week and that's because the Steelers are going to see more and more eight-man fronts because of the play of Mendenhall. Another 100-plus yard for Mendenhall is a must.

3) Heath Miller A inexperienced quarterback's best friend is the tight end. Dixon targeted Miller five times last week connecting with him four times for 40 yards. Miller could be an attractive matchup for the Steelers against MLB Stephen Tulloch.

3 reasons why the Steelers will lose

1) LP Field There's nothing real special or unique with Tennessee's home, but the Steelers have had little success there. They are 1-8 all-time in the state and had some of the worst games in the franchise there. It could very well mess with their minds.

2) Jonathan Scott Scott will replace Max Starks at left tackle and the Titans will be sure to test the new guy. Scott has started plenty times before over his career, including last year at LP Field while with Buffalo, but the chemistry with the Steelers' offensive linemen can't be good right now.

3) Big plays The Steelers did a good job of keeping the large gains in check against Atlanta last week and it showed in the final result. No team in the league has the capability of putting up large chunks of offense quicker than the Titans and especially with RB Chris Johnson.

09-19-2010, 01:23 AM
Game 2 Matchup: Steelers @ Titans
Gerry Dulac breaks down the first road game of the season
Sunday, September 19, 2010
By Gerry Dulac, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


When Titans have the ball: QB Vince Young is 9-2 as a starter since replacing Kerry Collins after a 0-6 start in 2009 and has thrown for 2,033 yards and 12 touchdowns in those 11 games. They have simplified their offense under Young and tried to play to his strengths. He has rushed for 311 yards in the past 11 games and an NFL-best 1,285 yards since 2006. Former Steelers WR Nate Washington had three catches for 88 yards, including a 56-yard TD, in the victory against the Raiders last week. He combines with former No. 1 pick Kenny Britt to give the Titans a pair of receivers who can get deep. The best matchup is Pro Bowl LT Michael Roos against OLB James Harrison.
Steelers vs. Falcons

Game: Steelers (1-0) at Tennessee Titans (1-0), LP Field, Nashville, Tenn.

When: 1 p.m.


Radio: WDVE-FM (102.5), WBGG-AM (970) and the Steelers Radio Network.

Favored: Titans by 5.

When Steelers have the ball: The Titans have been made over on defense, but their secondary is one of the best. Safeties Chris Hope and Michael Griffin played in the Pro Bowl in 2008 and have combined for 19 INTs the past three seasons. CB Cortland Finnegan, who has 10 INTs the past two seasons, has to be aware of WR Hines Ward, who has 15 catches, 212 yards and a touchdown in the past two games vs. the Titans. The Titans have let go of a lot of their big-name players up front,. But they had four sacks and two forced fumbles against Jason Campbell in the win against the Raiders and will try to hurry QB Dennis Dixon, especially because he will be using a silent count. RB Rashard Mendenhall, who had 120 yards rushing last week, including the winning 50-yard TD, could have another big game against their linebackers.

TE Bo Scaife: He does not have the numbers of Tony Gonzalez, but in his sixth season with the team, he has become a reliable target for Young. Frank Wycheck is the only tight end in Titans history with more career receptions than Scaife (218), who had three catches for 37 yards and a touchdown last week against the Raiders.

The Steelers have won just once in nine games in Tennessee since the franchise moved from Houston. Their 31-14 loss there in 2008 -- their last defeat before winning the Super Bowl -- was the second-largest point differential since Mike Tomlin became coach. ... The Titans have won 9 of 11 games since Young became the starting quarterback at midseason last year. The Titans are 58-31 at LP Field.

To win, the Titans must ...

1. Not have Young be restless. He needs to remain patient in the pocket and give his receivers time to get open.

2. Haul down Mendenhall. The Titans allowed Oakland RB Darren McFadden 150 yards total offense last week, including 95 rushing.

3. Menace Dennis. Dixon's blindside will be protected by LT Jonathan Scott, who is starting for injured Max Starks.

To win, the Steelers must .....

1. Not miss on Chris. Johnson has 11 runs of 40 yards or longer since joining the Titans, including a 76-yard TD against the Raiders.

2. Keep Dixon from picks. The Titans have 63 interceptions, including eight for TDs, since the start of the 2007 season.

3. Rule the Roos-t. Harrison and OLB LaMarr Woodley have to be sure to keep Young in the pocket and not let him get to the edge.

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