Steelers vs. Titans: 10 Observations from the Titanic Week 5 Victory

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Steelers vs. Titans: 10 Observations from the Titanic Week 5 Victory
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At Heinz Field, the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Tennessee Titans in a contest that re-established some swagger from the AFC Champions and brought Nashville's new faces back down to Earth.

From injured all-pros to broken ankles and broken retirements, the Steelers overcame the adversity borne of sloppy play and trying circumstances, while getting back to their normal tendencies: running, defending....and well, winning.

After a tentative start that saw Chris Johnson gain 21 yards on the first offensive play of the game, Pittsburgh's defense held the Titans to a field goal. 

Shortly afterwards, the offense answered Tennessee's opening score with a touchdown to steal early momentum. From there, the game snowballed on the Titans, who were blown out by the final score of 38-17.

If winning is the tonic that cures what ails struggling teams, Pittsburgh got its first dose of a very necessary medicine. 

The combination of Ben Roethlisberger's historic afternoon and reemergence from a proud defensive front equated to the first of two important wins against historically pesky AFC South rivals at Heinz Field.

Before looking ahead to the pestering Jacksonville Jaguars (who are 12-9 against Pittsburgh since entering the league in 1995), let's look back at 10 observations from today's Titan-ic victory over formerly 3-1 Tennessee.

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