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Titans at Steelers Week Five Capsule

TITANS STEELERS
SERIES LEADER   40-29
STREAKS   3 of past 4
COACHES VS. OPP. Munchak: 0-0 Tomlin: 2-1
LAST WEEK W 31-13 at Browns L 17-10 at Texans
LAST GAME 9/19/10: Steelers 19 at Titans 11. Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown opens game with 89-yard KR-TD as Steelers’ defense holds Tennessee to 238 total yards while forcing 7 TOs (3 INTs, 4 FRs).
LAST GAME AT SITE 9/10/09: Steelers 13, Titans 10 (OT).  Pittsburgh K Jeff Reed converts 32-yard FG in 4th quarter & 33-yarder in OT to seal victory in Kickoff Weekend Thursday night primetime opener.
BROADCAST CBS (1:00 PM ET): Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf. SIRIUS: 117 (Ten.), 92 (Pit.). XM: 225 (Pit.).

 

STATS

PASSING Hasselbeck: 88-132-1,152 (3C)-8 (T3C)-3-104.7 (2C) Roethlisberger: 85-138-1,148-3-5-80.2
RUSHING C. Johnson: 69-199-2.9-0 Mendenhall: 58-173-3.0-2
RECEIVING Washington: 23-320-13.9-1 Wallace: 25 (T2C)-454 (3L)-18.2-2
OFFENSE 347.3 359.3
TAKE/GIVE +2 -10
DEFENSE 299.8 277.0 (2L)
SACKS Klug (R), Morgan (R): 2 Woodley: 1.5
INTs McCourty: 2 (T2C)
PUNTING Kern: 41.2 Sepulveda: 50.0
KICKING Bironas: 28 (10/10 PAT; 6/8 FG) Suisham: 22 (7/7 PAT; 5/8 FG)

NOTES

TITANSSeek 4th consecutive win…In past 2, QB MATT HASSELBECK has 5 TDs vs. 1 INT & 119 passer rating. Hasselbeck aims for 5th consecutive game with 100+ passer rating. Has 8 TD passes this season – his most in 1st 4 games of any of his 11 seasons as starting NFL QB…RB CHRIS JOHNSON (101 yards) record 25th career game with 100+ rush yards last week. Johnson (5,907) needs 93 scrimmage yards to reach 6,000 career…WR NATE WASHINGTON spent 4 seasons (2005-08) with Steelers…TE JARED COOK had career-long 80-yard TD rec. last week – longest TD catch by Titans/Oilers TE since WILLIE FRAZIER on 11/6/64 (80). TE CRAIG STEVENS posted 1st TD catch in ’11 last week…Defense allows NFL-low 14 points per game in ’11…LB BARRETT RUUD leads team with 27 tackles…DE DERRICK MORGAN has sack in 2 of past 3…Rookie LB AKEEM AYERS (2nd round, No. 39) recorded 1st career sack last week…S JORDAN BABINEAUX had 97-yard INT-TD return last week, 3rd-longest in franchise history…STEELERS: Club has won 4 of past 5 at home…In 3 career games vs. Titans, QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER is 2-1 & has completed 67 of 93 passes (72 pct.) for 910 yards with 5 TDs & 102.9 passer rating. Roethlisberger has 18-7 (.720) record as starter in Oct…RB RASHARD MENDENHALL has 6 rush TDs in past 7 games…WR HINES WARD (11,838) needs 67 rec. yards to surpass HOFer MICHAEL IRVIN (11,834) for 19th-most in NFL history. Has 100+ rec. yards (109, 103) in 2 of past 3 vs. Titans. WR MIKE WALLACE averages 113.5 rec. yards per game this season (454 total). Aims for 4th consecutive game with 100+ yards at home (102, 104, 126). 11 of WR ANTONIO BROWN’s 15 rec. have been for 1st downs (73.3 pct.) this season…TE HEATH MILLER (298) needs 2 catches to become 1st Pit. TE with 300 career…Defense allows 277 yards per game, 2nd-lowest in NFL this season (BENGALS, 275.5)…In last game vs. Ten., LB JAMES HARRISON had 2 sacks, 2 FFs & FR…S TROY POLAMALU has 3 INTs in 5 career games vs. Titans.

Matt Loede has been in the sports media for over 16 years, with experience covering the MLB, NBA, and NFL. On Sunday’s during football season, you can hear Matt on national networks like Fox Sports Radio, Associated Press, and others. Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio, Matt studies and talks football inside and out, and is anxious to share his thoughts and comments with readers on a daily basis.

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