Steelers-Titans Preview: Tennessee 'Waives' Terrible Towel

Jeffrey BoswellAnalyst ISeptember 16, 2010

NASHVILLE, TN - AUGUST 23:  Chris Johnson #28 of the Tennessee Titans avoids defenders Clark Haggans #53 and Dominique Rogers-Cromartie #29 of te Arizona Cardinals during the first half of a preseason game at LP Field on August 23, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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Pittsburgh @ Tennessee (-6)

In their first game without the suspended Ben Roethlisberger, the Steelers rode their defense and their ground game to a hard-fought 15-9 overtime win over the Falcons. Rashard Mendenhall’s 50-yard walkoff touchdown run won it for the Steelers.

“This franchise has won games before without Roethlisberger,” said Mike Tomlin. “Most notably Super Bowl XL.”

But right now, this team is not about Roethlisberger. It’s about Dennis Dixon. Three games from now, we’ll welcome Ben back with an open bathroom door. Sure, people are quick to criticize Ben’s behavior, but don’t forget he’s a two-time Super Bowl champion. He may be ‘flicted,’ but he’s also afflicted, with a condition known as ‘restless leg-acy syndrome.”

The last time the Steelers visited LP Field, the Titans came away with a 31-14 win, and Titans' running back/tub of lard LenDale White taunted the visitors by stomping on a Terrible Towel. That image is undoubtedly burned into the minds of the Steelers, but Jeff Fisher believes it won’t be an issue on Sunday.

“LenDale could have made a better decision,” Fisher said. “Lord knows, there are better uses for a Terrible Towel, like as a napkin, or, perchance, to wipe down a potential crime scene.”

But the ‘Smash’ of ‘Smash and Dash’ is no longer here, which makes Chris Johnson’s appetite for yardage even stronger. And speaking of ‘appetite,’ did you see our mascot, ‘T-Rac,’ devour a cheerleader last week? That was amazing. I guess Carolina Panther girls aren’t the only ones bestowed with the honor of eating a cheerleader.

Chris Johnson will find yards tough to come by on the ground. That is, until he catches a swing pass and gallops 55-yards for a score.

Tennessee wins 19-17.