Without a doubt, this was a game many expected to be a very tough game from start to finish. Most people who think Chris Johnson is the best running back in the league think that it does not matter who he plays. It turns out that it is very different from that.
The number one rush defense for 14 weeks last year, is coming together this year to be in the same shape they were. Everything is working well and the team is banging on all cylinders having Aaron Smith and Troy Polamalu back.
I talked with a guy on Bleacher Report, here, who said "Who the hell is that scrum? He won't make any difference. Titans DOMINATE 24-9." about Aaron Smith. Apparently, that scrub is the key cog to the Pittsburgh Steelers' rush defense.
Troy Polamalu had a pick while the Titans were in the redzone. Bryant McFadden and Woodley both had interceptions of their own. It was a great game and very surprising for most. Last year, the Steelers' Cornerbacks and linebackers had no interceptions until the final two games of the season. Farrior had one in week 16, and there were two picks by the cornerbacks near the end of the game against Miami. One on the last play for the defense.
Harrison had three sacks and three forced fumbles, but one of his sacks was called back, as was the fumble that accompanied it. Apparently the Silverback has gotten out of his cage.
Lamarr Woodley had another sack, meaning that he has reached, if I am not mistaken, ten games in a row with at least half a sack.
The offense was completely stagnant, but if the defense can shut down Chris Johnson for 34 yards on 16 carries, I think they won't need to be the Saints on offense.
But, to speak more about the defense, Casey Hampton, nose tackle for the Steelers missed the game. The nose tackle is the anchor to the 3-4 defense, and Chris Joke did a great job backing him up.
Lawrence Timmons had a total of 15 tackles in the game and has 27 tackles and a forced fumble on the year. He is looking to have his first Pro Bowl season, and seems to be well on his way there.
Bretty Keisel had a sack and forced fumble on the day, and the entire defense juts went ballistic through the game. No one had a bad game, and that was shown by the fact that the Titans had 126 yards previous to their last two drives.
Offensive MVP: None, really. If I HAD to pick one, it would probably be Kerry Collins or Justin Gage. Gage had four receptions, for 74 yards, while Collins had 149 yards, a touchdown and a pick. The Steelers had 21 net yards passing. Just abysmal.
Defensive MVP: Lawrence Timmons and James Harrison. Both were just beastly through the game and Harrison should have had three sacks and three forced fumbles. only Clay Matthews could compete with those numbers yesterday.
Game Ball:Troy Polamalu.. Without a doubt, the Comback Player of the Year award is a two horse race now. Polamalu has an interception in every game he has played more than half of dating back to the last Titans game. If Wes Welker does not have 120 catches again (and maybe even if he does), Polamalu will win the CPOTY award.