Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/11/12
Pittsburgh Steelers (2-2) at Tennessee Titans (1-4)Thursday, 8:00 ET, NFL Network, Brad Nessler, Mike Mayock, Alex Flanagan Last Meeting: The Steelers jumped out to a 21-3 lead and rocked the Titans, 38-17, on Oct. 9, 2011. Pittsburgh rode five Ben Roethlisberger touchdown passes, and improved to 3-2. Streaking: Roethlisberger leads the NFL with a passer rating of 132.6 in the fourth quarter and has gone three games -- 117 attempts -- without an interception. The defense rests: The Steelers are downright filthy on third down these days, converting 53.2 percent to first downs. Mostly, that's been Ben Roethlisberger's handy work, but there are signs of a restored running game taking shape. Four receivers average more than four catches per game; TE Heath Miller could again be a go-to guy even with MLB Colin McCarthy (ankle) in the lineup. The Steelers will rotate backs behind Rashard Mendenhall, who had 101 total yards Sunday in his first game this season. With a short turnaround, Pittsburgh isn't quite ready to overburden Mendenhall, meaning Jonathan Dwyer and Isaac Redman must stay ready against a defense allowing 144.2 rushing yards per game. The deep threat of Mike Wallace forces the Titans into zone looks that Roethlisberger typically picks apart. As teams single-cover Antonio Brown, Roethlisberger has consistently looked to him; Brown has a team-high 25 receptions. Cook in the kitchen: The seam is there if QB Matt Hasselbeck's protection holds. It didn't last week, and the Titans threw checkdowns and short outs to the sideline. With linebackers shooting gaps, beating the fire blitz and finding TE Jared Cook between the hashes can be a lifeline for the Titans in an ongoing quest for explosive plays. RB Chris Johnson has become an afterthought, but the lagging production isn't his doing alone. With no threat of the deep ball and few creases at the line, Johnson's best chance to make plays is as a receiver. The Steelers won't have SS Troy Polamalu to track Johnson and OLB LaMarr Woodley (hamstring) isn't likely to go. That makes LT Michael Roos the pressure point -- if he can stalemate James Harrison, Hasselbeck should have time to work through progressions and use his above-average receiving corps. Need to know: The Steelers allowed the fewest points in the NFL last season and have allowed the fewest in the league since Mike Tomlin became their coach in 2007. ... Titans' opponents have a completion percentage of 74.6 percent this season.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Suns still want to deal Morris before trade deadline

Report: Celtics could offer best deal for Dwight Howard

Hawks 'taking phone calls about everybody on the roster'

Philly mayor calls LeSean McCoy ‘cowardly'

Report: Price might not return this season due to knee injury

Matt Forte confirms he won’t be returning to Bears

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Cardinals GM: ‘No doubt’ team wants Mathieu as fixture

Charles Barkley on Stephen Curry: ‘He’s just a great shooter’

Louisiana governor warns that LSU football could be cut

Report: People with Warriors think they will get Durant

Joe Thomas: It’s a ‘sad end’ to Manziel story in Cleveland

DeMar DeRozan: It will be ‘pretty tough’ for me to leave Raptors

Steven Stamkos unforthcoming on his no-move clause

Antonio Cromartie's wife is 'definitely' getting her tubes tied

Ciara: It’s getting harder to stay abstinent with Russell Wilson

The top five millennial NBA All-Star moments

Cam Newton sends message with ‘I win my way’ shirt

26% of Denver students skipped school for Broncos parade

Eight surprises, letdowns entering NBA All-Star break

Chris Harris: Von Miller should get paid more than JJ Watt

4 likeliest Dwight Howard trade scenarios

On Kobe Bryant and taking greatness for granted

Penn State the latest to offer generic football jerseys for sale

Gary Bettman praises the NHL’s new website and app (which are currently awful)

Bucks need to choose between wins, development

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

On Kobe Bryant and taking greatness for granted

Bucks need to choose between wins, development

Fantasy booking WrestleMania 32

Unrestricted free agents each team must consider re-signing

QUIZ: Name the winners of the NBA Slam Dunk Contest

Thank you Daniel Bryan

The timeless greatness of Jaromir Jagr

The NCAAB power rankings

Report: Kings to keep coach George Karl

Was Alain Vigneault right about NHL's lack of punishment towards Wayne Simmonds?

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker