One of the huge surprises from Sunday’s action was the Steelers’ opening day loss at the hands of the Tennessee Titans. It was a very Steeler-esque game, but at the end of the day, it was the Titans that had the upper hand.
The Steelers’ defense actually did its part in the 16 to 9 loss. The Titans were unable to move the ball consistently, but they were able to do just enough to get the job done. The Steelers’ offense, by contrast, was nothing short of awful.
A big reason for those shortcomings was Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey being lost, probably for the entire season, in the first quarter with an ACL and MCL injury. In his place, Kelvin Beachum, a 7th round pick from a year ago, took over, and the results were lackluster to say the least.
Without Pouncey, the Steelers mustered just 32 yards on the ground, a low total by any NFL team’s standards, but especially low for a team trying to get back to a bruising rushing attack. Ben Roethlisberger never got the Steelers’ pass...