Steelers Versus Titans Week 1 Preview & Prediction

Offensively the Steelers will have the same look as the 2008 team that lost to Tennessee in December with the only change being Trai Essex at right guard. The Titans defense will have the same look personnel wise as well. In the 2008 match-up the offensive line played poorly, giving up 5 sacks and allowing a ton of pressure. The Steelers will look to give more help protection wise with using the tight ends to chip more. A successful running game this time around will be extremely important as well. Willie Parker averaged a sad 1.6 yards per carry in the 2008 game on 19 carries. Look for the Steelers to attack the middle of the field in the soft zone areas with Heath Miller and perhaps a few more screen passes. The Titans defensive backs are a good unit and need to be sucked in closer to the line of scrimmage to open up over top for a few big plays. If the Steelers can run effectively and stay out of predictable 3rd and long situations, they should be able to move the ball down field. It starts with the offensive line and the running game. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger needs to take what the defense gives him and avoid the forced pass into double coverage. Roethlisberger can throw for only 200 yards and still be brutal with the proper decision making, but he must have time.

Defensively, the Steelers will be without the services of linebacker Lawrence Timmons, but Keyaron Fox is more than capable of filling in. The most dangerous player on the 2009 Titans, is running back Chris Johnson. Johnson can kill you on the ground and with his pass catching abilities as well. Johnson rushed for 69 yards in the last meeting and was held to just one catch. The Steelers look to keep those numbers much the same this time around. The Titans could be without the services of former Steelers wide receiver Nate Washington, as he has been hampered by a bad hamstring. If Washington sits, it will leave the Titans only one experienced receiver in the starting lineup in the form of Justin Gage. The defense want to make quarterback Kerry Collins win the game with his arm and decision making. The Titans will look to shuttle in running back LenDale White in short yardage situations and breathers for Johnson and the Steelers will want to force White wide as he is a north south runner who likes to run down field. The front 3, must get pressure on Collins on passing downs against an experienced Titan offensive line.

Special teams wise, the Steelers are clearly the better unit going into this season. Barring any unforced errors, the game could be won on field position battles alone. Punter Daniel Sepulveda and new return man Stefan Logan could have a huge impact on this game.

Overall, this is an exact rematch of the 2008 game, only this time the Steelers are at home. The Steelers had 4 turnovers in the last meeting with one coming deep in Titan territory. The Steelers will do the little things better this time around and should come out on top in this one.

Prediction: Steelers 23 Titans 10

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  • notjustasteelerfan

    Ok, at least I now know that you read the comments, any way.

    Here’s another look at the game,

    Offensively= Willie Parker will remind us how good and fast he really is in the open field. A repeat performance of 05 game week one.

    Defensively= Kerry Collins will feel the wrath of that Towel Stomping side-show. Steelers LB’s vs Titans RB’s, my money is on Linebacker’s Gone Wild. “Gameball goes to K.Fox”

    Steeler fans also will be reminded why the Steelers released Nate Washington. He cannot catch, and this is also Limas Sweed’s coming out party as well.

    Last item, I’m sorry but when it comes to short-yardage or goal-line plays, Mendenhall will remind M.Tomlin he should of keep Issac Redman on the roster. Don’t get me wrong, I hope I am wrong but from what I’ve seen so far from him since last year till now, I’m alittle worried..Mendenhall goes down to easy!!! Yeah he may have a burst but he goes down when he gets touch. Also he falls backwards when there is contact, any good power RB get’s those tough EXTRA yards when they falls foreward..I don’t know but from what I’ve seen this preseason give me Redman’s power vs Mendenhall’s slash..I may be wrong.

    again thanks for your time.

    also, Sorry I don’t write too good, but I know what I’m talking about.
    Peace

  • admin

    I simply do not have the time to read every comment and answer, I run a large network of other sites as well non football related. My time comes in bunches some times, so I have to bang out what I can bang out when I can bang it out. I do my best, leave your comments if you so desire, but know I do not sit around waiting for people to comment.

  • admin

    I think it was obvious he was practice squaded for a reason, if short yardage continues to be a thorn, he can activate Redman and cut a defensive player. He is giving Parker/Mendenhall another shot with a short hook. If Redman works on his conditioning and special teams play he will be even more of an asset that just 3 carries a game.

  • notjustasteelerfan

    Ok, No problem, but explain to me what was Gary Russell role again for this team in 08? Because last year the RB’s were Parker,Mendenhall,Moore,Russell,C.Davis..
    I just thought that this team would look better with Redman being the 5th RB and S.Logan being the 6th WR/KR/PR/3rd Down RB. Making that 26 roster spots and then taking a roster spot from the DB’s and cutting T.Carter making that 24 roster spots for the defense.

    Any luck on finding any info on Dallas Baker being on IR?

    Again thanks for your time, I don’t mean to be a nuisance.

  • admin

    You do not know what his role was? I find that hard to believe. Are you fishing for anything in particular? If you want to argue or do not like my opinions, you are probably on the wrong site. I do not get into all of that. I think cutting Redman and signing him to the practice squad was the right decision. Sorry you do not agree.

    Last I heard Baker was released/injured with a settlement.

  • Brad

    One big part your leaving out in the difference between this year and last year….No Albert Haynesworth, I didn’t even see that mentioned, maybe he didn’t play in the game against us last year (I thought he did) but this changes the running game a good deal

  • admin

    Haynesworth was out for that game last year.