Ahhhhhhhh let me catch my breathe after that nail biting game to open the season. A win is a win in the NFL and the Steelers did what they needed to do to. Good teams do that. Let's quickly move to Week 2.
The Steelers take on the Tennessee Titans in their house this Sunday and it should be every bit of a close game as our last one. Last year the Pittsburgh squeaked out a 13-10 victory against the Titans and largely kept the amazing Chris Johnson in check. They will have to repeat that Defensive performance and then some to have a chance of beating Coach Fisher this year.
Vince Young is proving to be a legit treat in the passing game and we all know what CJ can do. The biggest question was Tennessee's Defense coming into 2010. If their first game against the Raiders was any indication then their Defense is just fine.
To beat the Titans in their own stadium the Steelers will have to play "mistake free" football. This starts with the coaching.
Bruce Arians will need to take the kid gloves off of Dixon and let him take some more shots down field to spread the Titans Defense out. Otherwise they are going to stack the line all day and I cannot see Pittsburgh winning without some big plays down field (example- Mike Wallace 50 yard catch last week).
I'd also like to see a couple of WR screens to either Emmauel Sanders, Wallace, or even Brown and let them use their incredible speed to get some yards after the catch.
Keep pounding the ball with Mendenhall and mix in some more of Redman as a change of pace.
Lastly, design some plays that gets Dixon out of the pocket with the option of running or passing. Much like Vince Young, Dixon is dangerous in the open field.