I wanted to take a little deeper look into what both the Steelers and Titans need to do to win the game tomorrow and how they stack up against each other.
Let’s start with a look at last season, no matter how much it hurts!
Offense Steelers 8-8 Titans 6-10
Rushing Yds/game 96.1 (26th) 105.4 (21st) NFL avg 115.9
Passing Yds/Game 236.7 (14th) 207.7 (22nd)
Total Points/Game 21 20 NFL avg 22.8
Rushing Defense yds/game 90.6 (2nd) 127.2 (24th)
Passing defense yds/game 182.5 (1st) 247.8 (26th) NFL avg 231.3
Total Points/Game 19.6 (6th) 29.4 (32nd) NFL avg 22.8
The numbers show that both had similar results with a run game last year. Neither dominating on the ground. This year, the Steelers are banking on Felix Jones bringing explosiveness that Steeler Nation hasn’t seen since Willie Parker. He’s not proven himself since being drafted in 2008, yet the Steel City could be the right place and the right offense for him to show his abilities. With Le’Veon Bell still sidelined, Steeler Nation hopes he can bring the speed and Redman can run over the Titans defense.
Speaking of the Titans defense, last year wasn’t a good year for them at all. They allowed yards both passing and rushing and were dead last in total points allowed per game. Meanwhile, Ben is seemingly healthy. Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders are ready to show off – and rookie Markus Wheaton has quickly made us forget what Mike Wallace offered.
The key to the game tomorrow is the offensive line. They are young, athletic yet unproven in big game situations. They need to get it together. With all of them performing at their best, the Steelers can’t be beat. Pre-season did not prove that they are ready for prime time, but with all other aspects of the game clicking, hopefully the O-line steps up.
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