It is well known the Steelers have a ton of big play ability.
With receivers Mike Wallace, Antonio Brown, and Emmanuel Sanders, the Steelers are more than capable of stretching the field.
Tied in the NFL at 10th in both passing plays over 20 yards, and passing plays over 40 yards, this offense has shown it is not afraid to throw the ball down field.
However, this may be difficult against the Titans who possess a secondary that often goes unnoticed.
There are only three teams in the NFL who have let up zero passing plays for over 40 yards in 2011. Ironically, two of these teams happen to be the Steelers and the Titans.
Additionally, the Titans have allowed the second least amount of plays over 20 yards through the air with nine. Who has allowed the least amount? Once again, it is the Steelers.
What I am trying to say here is, the Steelers have a reputation for having one of the best defenses in the NFL every year. This season, the Titans are right there with them in every defensive category.
Tennessee does not give up plays for huge gains, something the Steelers offense sometimes relies on. The Titans secondary features all-pro safety Michael Griffin and all-pro cornerback Cortland Finnegan.
While both players are known as physical, they both have the unrelenting ability to go and get the ball. While Griffin and Finnegan headline this secondary, third year cornerback Jason McCourty has quietly become one of the best players on this defense.
Accounting for a team leading 25 tackles and two interceptions, McCourty has done more than enough to show why he is starting for this Titans defense.
Due to the Titans capability of stopping the deep ball, look for the Steelers to struggle through the air and turn to their run game for support.