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This is another stunner from 2012 that will get a repeat of sorts in 2013. The Tennessee Titans, doormats throughout the season, handled the Pittsburgh Steelers in Nashville this season.
In 2013, expect the result to be different.
With a few exceptions, the Steelers have owned this rivalry since Steve McNair left as the Tennessee quarterback. Even with McNair under center, the Steelers traditionally showed strong against their former AFC Central rivals.
The key, as always, is to stop Chris Johnson from having a big day. Pittsburgh’s run defense projects to be better in 2013 with an infusion of youth and a theoretically healthy Troy Polamalu. Those will contribute greatly to success in this game.
Jake Locker currently projects as the starting quarterback for the Titans. That’s not a good sign for them. He hasn’t been good, and his receivers don’t give him a lot of help.
The Steelers should win this one handily, but watch out if this game comes mid-year again with one team surging and the other struggling.