Ugly doesn’t even begin to describe the Pittsburgh Steelers' performance against the Tennessee Titans. Not only did they play poorly against an inferior opponent, but they blew yet another fourth-quarter lead, losing 26-23.
This was the third road loss for the Steelers, with two of them being very bad losses. That is not a good trend moving forward.
Injuries to Maurkice Pouncey, Marcus Gilbert, Rashard Mendenhall and Isaac Redman set the Steelers back, but even without these players, it is inexcusable for a team with such high aspirations to lose to a team like the Titans.
It was a bad game all-around, but when it came down to it, there were a couple of Steelers that stood out in the loss.
Ike Taylor probably just gave up another completed pass. He also probably got flagged on the play as well. It was that type of game for the Steelers’ top cornerback.
The Titans were not afraid of throwing his way. Actually, they did it quite often.
At one point, they threw three straight passes towards Taylor and it eventually resulted in the game-tying touchdown late in the fourth.
Taylor gave up much more than he defended and had costly penalties. It was simply a poor performance that is now becoming a trend and is a major area of concern.
Besides Taylor, a lot of the blame has to be placed on Mike Tomlin.
How many times has this team gone on the road to face an awful team and either squeaked by with a win or came out with a loss?
The answer is too many.
Tomlin made an interesting decision to call a timeout just prior to Shaun Suisham attempting what would have been a career-long 54-yard field goal.
Suisham would come up short on his attempt, giving the Titans great field position, which they would eventually cash in on.
But should the game have even come down to a field goal? Probably not.
As bad as Taylor played, the head coach has to have the team ready to handle a team like the Titans and once again, Tomlin’s team struggled and for a third time this year lost on the road.
For this reason, Tomlin was the goat of the game.