The Pittsburgh Steelers come to Nashville Sunday to play the Tennessee Titans. Last year's game went into overtime and was won on an opening drive field goal by the Steelers, 13-10.
This year, the Titans already have a win under their belt and have Chris Johnson's new-found glory in his tandem with Vince Young. Johnson has played the Steelers two times in his career already, but has not even rushed for more than 70 yards against them, so this could be the single most important game to him breaking Barry Sanders record of 14 straight 100-yard games.
Along with Chris Johnson, the Titans have a better defense than they had last year and the Steelers are without their starting quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger, for the second in week of a four-week suspension.
Big Ben is the Steelers' playmaker and without him last week they struggled to put points on the board as they beat the Falcons on a breakaway run by Rashard Mendenhall who just happened to be drafted exactly one pick BEFORE Chris Johnson. Good call on that one, Pittsburgh. *Sarcasm*
The Titans defense looked good against an injured Raiders offense that even healthy probably wouldn't have done much. Their wasn't many weak spots for the Titans on the defensive side of the ball, but we still need for our line to make more and more big plays. If the line can get to Dennis Dixon early and often it could be a quick day for the Titans.
The Titans offense put up a league leading 38 points, as Vince Young put up a league high passer rating of 142.8 while going 13-of-17 for 154 on last year's seventh-ranked pass defense. Chris Johnson ran for 142 yards which is second in the league.
So the Titans offense looked really good and didn't show but one flaw to me, and that was run blocking. The Raiders stuffed Chris Johnson on all but one 76 yard touchdown run. Going against a tough Steeler defense the O-line needs to be on top of their game.
The Steelers defense didn't allow a touchdown from the Falcons in Week 1, which could be crucial to them if they want to stop the Titans this week. The Steelers offense though looked very suspect against the Falcons defense only scoring one touchdown during the game, which came in overtime.
Pittsburgh and Tennessee always have issues, such as in 2008 when the Titans crushed the Steelers and LenDale White stomped on a terrible towel, which really set off Steeler fans who were ready when they got the chance to play the season-opener last year.
With the bad blood these teams have had in the past and the importance of Chris Johnson getting 100 yards this game is a must see. I feel that the Titans will come away with this one thanks to the home field advantage, 27-10.