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Titans vs. Steelers: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

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Jackie Battle celebrates after scoring a touchdown to give the Titans a 7-2 lead against the Steelers. Photo by Vincent Pugliese/Getty Images.
Jackie Battle celebrates after scoring a touchdown to give the Titans a 7-2 lead against the Steelers. Photo by Vincent Pugliese/Getty Images.

Surprisingly, the Tennessee Titans were too much for the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 1 as they came away with the big road victory 16-9.

The Steelers offense never seemed to gain any traction and the Titans took advantage of good field position and key turnovers.

Here’s the good, the bad and the ugly from Week 1’s action between Tennessee and Pittsburgh.

THE GOOD

A Titans win in itself is the good. Beating the Steelers in Pittsburgh is never easy, but the fact that the Titans pulled it off says a lot. Also, their defense looked really good. A few saw Tennessee pulling off the upset, but I don’t think there’s’ anybody that predicted the Titans defense would completely shut down the Steelers offense like they did on Sunday. It wasn’t until garbage time that the Steelers finally started to click.

Yes, the Steelers lost the heart of their offensive line (Maurkice Pouncey) early in the game, but they looked completely lost on that side of the ball the entire game.

The Titans played very well. As a whole, they were all really good.

THE BAD

The Steelers running game was bad. Really bad. The duo of Larod Stephens-Howling and Isaac Redman combined for only 28 yards on 14 carries. Antonio Brown added four yards on his lone carry. That tallies out to 2.1 yards per carry. Man, how the Steelers missed Le’Veon Bell.

Once it was obvious that the running game wasn’t going to work, it became clear that neither would their passing game. The Steelers running game usually lays the groundwork for Ben Roethlisberger’s air attack. Not Sunday, it never came together.

In one word, the Steelers running game was bad.

THE UGLY

The amount of injuries on both sides was not good. In this case, it was the ugly. First, the Titans. Tennessee didn’t have the amount of injuries the Steelers suffered, but they still had a few guys nicked up. Most notably, Shonn Greene left the game with a right knee injury. Titans coach Mike Munchak said it wasn’t anything serious, a “short term” injury – whatever that means.

The Steelers were hit hard on the injury front. First, Pouncey was carted off the field, which was later reported as an ACL and MCL injury – he’s officially done for the season. In addition, running back Stephens-Howling left the game in the third quarter with a right knee injury, cornerback Cortez Allen left with an ankle injury and linebacker Larry Foote left with a biceps injury late in the game.

Injuries are never good, especially when they require some of your key players to miss any significant amount of time. Ugly.