Pittsburgh has an 0-4 preseason record hanging over its head as it prepares for a game that actually matters. Granted, wins and and losses by the second and third-stringers do not mean a whole lot, but I cannot imagine coach Mike Tomlin is happy with this preseason performance.
The Steelers have major issues at running back and on the offensive line. No one knows if the defense can remain elite or not. And, probably most importantly, Pittsburgh will be without tight end and all-around beast Heath Miller for the first few games.
Luckily for the Steelers, their first game is against another team in flux. The Titans finished last season with a 6-10 record and the preseason at 1-3. Any team quarterbacked by Jake Locker clearly has a lot of questions to answer as well.
Actually, the Titans might be the perfect team for Pittsburgh to face in Week 1. They are almost a mirror image of the Steelers in terms of franchise uncertainty at multiple levels. If the Steelers cannot down the Titans, it might mean they are in for a rough season.
Then again, if they earn that coveted first victory, it could boost their confidence and get them ready for tougher Week 2 and Week 3 games against the Cincinnati Bengals and Chicago Bears, respectively.
Before we start the NFL season (finally!), let us take a look at the burning questions surrounding this surprisingly intriguing Week 1 matchup.