Just a little while ago, I watched my beloved Steelers get beaten down by the Tennessee Titans in Nashville. In possibly the biggest game of the season, my Pittsburgh Steelers played like a high school team and got embarrassed, 31-14.
The Steelers did not play like they had over the past five weeks, which during that time they were 5-0. The play of the entire team was out of character.
I must say that the Steelers did hang in there for two quarters, but then they went and basically took a nap in the second half.
Ben Roethlisberger was holding onto the ball way too long, when he actually still had it in his hands. He threw two picks and fumbled FOUR times! Now he only lost two of those four fumbles, but come on, I've seen Braylon Edwards hold onto the ball better than Big Ben did.
Then there was the issue of Bruce Arians' play calls. I recently wrote an article explaining my dislike towards Arians and why he should be fired. His type of play call was so predictable: run, run, pass, run, run, pass. And on the few drives where he passed it on either first or second down, the Steelers either scored or picked up a first down.
Bruce Arians also used Willie Parker way too much. I don't understand how Arians can't see what I, or any Steelers fan for that matter, can see. He is even closer than we are, but he still tries the same techniques over and over and over again.
He'll have Parker run it up the middle, which is incredibly dumb since he's not a power back, he's a quick back. And Parker obviously cannot get the job done because he only had 29 yards on 18 attempts for a 1.6 yard per carry average.
Mewelde Moore had a much better day, rushing for 28 yards on just 3 attempts, for a whopping 9.3 yards a carry. Notice the difference here? Moore had roughly the same yards on 15 less attempts. Bruce Arians needs to be looking at these stats are realize that Moore is going to be the guy to get the job done.
And the Steelers No. 1 ranked defense did an abissmal job trying to contain the Titans offense. Not only did they give up 31 points, but they also gave up their first 300 yard game the entire season.
They couldn't stop the pass, and couldn't stop the run when it mattered. The defense only sacked Kerry Collins once, and did not cause a single turnover. highly uncharacteristic of them.
The Steelers played absolutely horrible against the Titans and I am now worried about the playoffs, considering this game held so much weight. I don't know how Pittsburgh will fare in the playoffs when every game counts and just one loss sends you packing.