5 Critical Takeaways from Pittsburgh Steelers' Season Opener

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5 Critical Takeaways from Pittsburgh Steelers' Season Opener
Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sport

The biggest disappoint from Week 1 in the NFL was the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers were underwhelming offensively, putting up zero offensive points in the first 58 minutes of the game.

Had it not been for a Ben Roethlisberger touchdown late in the game, the lone Steeler points would have come off a bone-headed Titans safety on the first kickoff of the game. 

The Pittsburgh defense looked strong, limiting Titans RB Chris Johnson to just 70 yards on 25 carries, with a long of 11 yards. They also kept third-year quarterback Jake Locker in check, holding him to just 11-of-20 for 125 yards and 0 touchdowns.

The real problems for the Steelers are on the offensive side of the ball and it’s not going to get any easier. During the game All-Pro center Maurkice Pouncey tore his ACL and MCL and will miss the remainder of the season. This is bad news for an already young and inexperienced offensive line. They will have their work cut out for them next week against the nasty front seven of the Cincinnati Bengals.

This article will take a look at 5 critical takeaways from the Steelers home opening loss to the Titans. The criterion for this list is solely on Week 1 performance, while looking ahead to how it will affect the rest of the season for the Steelers. The majority of this list consists of offensive takeaways because of the issues on that side of the ball for the Steelers.

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