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    Default Re: Game 2 : Steelers @ Titans : 09.19.10

    I started to do the 2010 Team Leaders and so much was just just 1's and or "Ties" that I decided to just do the 2009 Team Leaders and do the 2010 Team stats. We should have more numbers and such after this week where I can go to 2010 fully for next week

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    Default Re: Game 2 : Steelers @ Titans : 09.19.10

    When Titans have the ball: QB Vince Young is 9-2 as a starter since replacing Kerry Collins after a 0-6 start in 2009 and has thrown for 2,033 yards and 12 touchdowns in those 11 games. They have simplified their offense under Young and tried to play to his strengths. He has rushed for 311 yards in the past 11 games and an NFL-best 1,285 yards since 2006. Former Steelers WR Nate Washington had three catches for 88 yards, including a 56-yard TD, in the victory against the Raiders last week. He combines with former No. 1 pick Kenny Britt to give the Titans a pair of receivers who can get deep. The best matchup is Pro Bowl LT Michael Roos against OLB James Harrison.

    When Steelers have the ball: The Titans have been made over on defense, but their secondary is one of the best. Safeties Chris Hope and Michael Griffin played in the Pro Bowl in 2008 and have combined for 19 INTs the past three seasons. CB Cortland Finnegan, who has 10 INTs the past two seasons, has to be aware of WR Hines Ward, who has 15 catches, 212 yards and a touchdown in the past two games vs. the Titans. The Titans have let go of a lot of their big-name players up front,. But they had four sacks and two forced fumbles against Jason Campbell in the win against the Raiders and will try to hurry QB Dennis Dixon, especially because he will be using a silent count. RB Rashard Mendenhall, who had 120 yards rushing last week, including the winning 50-yard TD, could have another big game against their linebackers.

    KEEP AN EYE ON ...

    TE Bo Scaife: He does not have the numbers of Tony Gonzalez, but in his sixth season with the team, he has become a reliable target for Young. Frank Wycheck is the only tight end in Titans history with more career receptions than Scaife (218), who had three catches for 37 yards and a touchdown last week against the Raiders.

    The Steelers have won just once in nine games in Tennessee since the franchise moved from Houston. Their 31-14 loss there in 2008 -- their last defeat before winning the Super Bowl -- was the second-largest point differential since Mike Tomlin became coach. ... The Titans have won 9 of 11 games since Young became the starting quarterback at midseason last year. The Titans are 58-31 at LP Field.

    To win, the Titans must ...

    1. Not have Young be restless. He needs to remain patient in the pocket and give his receivers time to get open.

    2. Haul down Mendenhall. The Titans allowed Oakland RB Darren McFadden 150 yards total offense last week, including 95 rushing.

    3. Menace Dennis. Dixon's blindside will be protected by LT Jonathan Scott, who is starting for injured Max Starks.

    To win, the Steelers must .....

    1. Not miss on Chris. Johnson has 11 runs of 40 yards or longer since joining the Titans, including a 76-yard TD against the Raiders.

    2. Keep Dixon from picks. The Titans have 63 interceptions, including eight for TDs, since the start of the 2007 season.

    3. Rule the Roos-t. Harrison and OLB LaMarr Woodley have to be sure to keep Young in the pocket and not let him get to the edge.

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    Default Re: Game 2 : Steelers @ Titans : 09.19.10

    Five questions
    By: Mike Bires
    Beaver County Times
    Sunday September 19, 2010

    How has Rashard Mendenhall fared compared to other running backs taken in the first round of the 2008 NFL Draft?

    So far, Mendenhall is holding his own. Remember, he missed 12 games as a rookie after suffering a broken shoulder courtesy of a vicious hit by Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis. Mendenhall ranked 14th in the NFL last year with 1,108 rushing yards last year and ran for 120 last week in the Steelers’ season opener against Atlanta.

    Of the four RBs taken in the first round in ’08, only Tennessee’s Chris Johnson has more yards (3,376) than Mendenhall. Johnson led the NFL last year with 2,006.

    Darren McFadden, the fourth overall pick of the draft, had the misfortune of going to Oakland, one of the NFL’s most hapless franchises. McFadden has rushed for 951 yards so far as a pro, including 95 last week in a loss at Tennessee

    Felix Jones, taken with the 22nd overall pick right ahead of Mendenhall and Johnson, has rushed for 989 yards as pro. He’s the backup to Marion Barber in Dallas.

    What was unusual about the way the Titans practiced this week?

    For the third straight year, the Titans had the strong safety on their scout team wear a long, black wig as a means to better impersonate Troy Polamalu. Back-up SS Donnie Nickey, whose own hair is crew-cut short, wore the wig during team portions of practice.

    Polamalu wears his hair long as a tribute to his Samoan heritage.

    Will Antonio Brown be in uniform today?

    A rookie wide receiver, Brown didn’t dress last week even though he was listed as the Steelers’ first-team kickoff and punt returner. Coach Mike Tomlin chose to designate Brown as one of eight game-day inactives and used rookie WR Emmanuel Sanders to return kickoffs and veteran WR Antwaan Randle El to return punts.

    But today, Sanders probably won’t play. He’s doubtful with an injured thigh muscle.

    Brown, one of the fastest Steelers, had an interesting week of practice. Besides working out as a receiver and kick returner, he also wore a blue No. 28 vest while playing halfback on the scout team. It was his job to mimic Titans running back Chris Johnson.

    Will there be anything new in the Steelers’ offensive game plan this week?

    Beside the possibility of quarterback Dennis Dixon running more than he did last week in Atlanta, look for some trickery from wide receiver Antwaan Randle El. During his first eight years as a pro, Randle El has thrown 23 passes, and completed 20 of them, and ran 78 times on reverses.

    Don’t be surprised if Randle El also takes a direct snap or two today in a variation of the Wildcat offense if the Steelers need a spark.

    What will Hines Ward do Tuesday on his day off?

    Ward, the Steelers’ all-time leading pass receiver, will be at the White House. He’s one of 18 new members of President Barack Obama’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

    Ward, who was born in Seoul, South Korea, runs the Hines Ward Helping Hands Foundation that assists bi-racial children who face discrimination.

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    Default Re: Game 2 : Steelers @ Titans : 09.19.10

    Essex vs. Jones

    Two years ago as a rookie, Titans defensive tackle Jason Jones made his second career start in a late-season game against the Steelers. Jones started because all-star DT Albert Haynesworth was injured. The Titans trounced the Steelers that day in Nashville, 31-14, and didn’t miss a beat with Jones replacing Haynesworth. Ben Roethlisberger was sacked five times, and Jones was credited with three-and-a-half of those sacks.

    Last year, when the Titans lost to the Steelers 13-10 in overtime in Pittsburgh, Jones didn’t start but did sack Roethlisberger again.

    Injuries have plagued Jones in his brief pro career (he missed nine games last year after a shoulder surgery) but he’s healthy now, and he’s earned a spot in the starting lineup. Lining across from Jones today will be Trai Essex, who’s in his second season as the Steelers’ right guard.

    Outside LBs vs. Tackles

    In every game the Steelers play, opposing tackles will have their hands full trying to block LaMarr Woodley and James Harrison, a dynamic duo at outside linebacker. Today, it’s Tennessee’s pair of 6-foot-7 giants in David Stewart and Michael Roos.

    While the Steelers’ defense wants to contain NFL rushing king Chris Johnson, it also wants to harass quarterback Vince Young. Dating back to last year, Young has a 9-2 record as a starter. He’s not always the most accurate passer, but he’s always a threat to run with the ball.

    The Steelers like to think that Woodley and Harrison are the NFL’s best set of outside linebackers. Today, the Steelers face a difficult challenge at LP Field as Woodley and Harrison will be called upon to be their usual disruptive selves. It won’t be easy. Stewart, who’s called “Big Country,” and Roos are among the league’s top tackle tandems.

    Reed vs. Bironas

    If today’s game is close, it may be decided by Jeff Reed or Rob Bironas, a pair of highly acclaimed kickers.

    Bironas, a Steelers’ training camp cut in the summer of 2004, has been one of the NFL’s most accurate and productive kickers since joining the Titans. Since the ’05 season, Bironas has made more field goals (137) than any other kicker in the league. His success rate of 84.6 percent is the fifth-best in NFL history for kickers with at least 100 field goals.

    Even though he missed a 40-yard attempt late in the fourth quarter last week that would have given the Steelers a 12-9 win over Atlanta, Reed is still regarded as one of the league’s best clutch kickers. His 82.8 career percentage isn’t among the best in NFL history, but it has to be put in context. For home games, Reed kicks at Heinz Field, where the wind and nasty weather conditions late in the season wreak havoc upon kickers.

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    Default Re: Game 2 : Steelers @ Titans : 09.19.10

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    The Steelers have won just once in nine games in Tennessee since the franchise moved from Houston. Their 31-14 loss there in 2008 -- their last defeat before winning the Super Bowl -- was the second-largest point differential since Mike Tomlin became coach.
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    Default Re: Game 2 : Steelers @ Titans : 09.19.10

    SERIES HISTORY

    This rivalry began in 1970 when the NFL and AFL merged. The Steelers and Cleveland Browns were NFL teams placed in the newly formed AFC Central Division. The Cincinnati Bengals and Houston Oilers were the AFL teams. The Oilers remained in Houston until 1997 when they moved to Tennessee and were renamed the Titans in ’99 … The Steelers lead the overall series 42-30 including wins in the 1978 and ’79 AFC Championship Game … But since ‘97, Pittsburgh is just 5-11 vs. Tennessee, including a 34-31 overtime playoff loss in the 2002 season. The Steelers are just 1-7 on Tennessee soil … In the Steelers’ last visit to LP Field on Dec. 21, 2008, they lost 31-14 but still went on to win the Super Bowl … Last year, the Steelers opened the season with a 13-10 OT win over the Titans at Heinz Field.

    STORYLINE

    Not only are the Steelers playing the Titans with essentially a reserve QB --- Dennis Dixon starts again with Ben Roethlisberger on suspension and Byron Leftwich released for the time being --- two other key starters are out. Nose tackle Casey Hampton won’t play with a hamstring pull. Left tackle Max Starks will sit out with a sprained ankle.

    INJURY REPORT

    For the Steelers, Hampton and Starks are out. Listed as doubtful are WR Emmanuel Sanders (quadriceps) and LB Jason Worilds (shoulder). WR Arnaz Battle (knee) and CB Bryant McFadden (groin) are probable.

    For the Titans, DT Tony Brown (knee) is questionable.

    QUOTEWORTHY

    “If I have to make a name for myself by knocking somebody’s head off, so be it. It is just a matter of people recognizing me as the best blocking receiver in the league, but at the same time looking at the stats and saying this guy is a pretty productive wide receiver as well.”

    Hines Ward, a 901-career catch WR who threw a key block last week that helped spring Rashard Mendenhall on his 50-yard, game-winning TD vs. Atlanta.

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    The Pittsburgh Steelers found a way to win their opener without Ben Roethlisberger. The Tennessee Titans -- as usual -- made sure their path to victory was paved by Chris Johnson.

    The NFL rushing champion is in for a bigger challenge Sunday against the visiting Steelers, who hope to back young quarterback Dennis Dixon with another strong defensive effort and snap Johnson's streak of 100-yard games at 12.

    Pittsburgh (1-0) had the most productive passing season in team history behind Roethlisberger in 2009, but with the quarterback suspended for the first four games, it returned to the traits that previously defined the franchise.

    The Steelers kept the pressure off Dixon last Sunday against Atlanta with stout defense and a solid running game, and when the game went to overtime, both came through again. Pittsburgh quickly forced the Falcons to punt, then Rashard Mendenhall took the Steelers' first offensive play 50 yards to the end zone for a 15-9 win.

    "I thought we stayed together and played team football, and we did it until the very end," coach Mike Tomlin said. "We got some things to work on, absolutely, like all 31 other teams do, but we get to do it while we're 1-0."

    Mendenhall rushed for 120 yards and Pittsburgh's defense held former All-Pro Michael Turner to 42 yards on 19 carries, the type of effort it would love to replicate against Johnson.

    It certainly won't be easy. The Titans' dynamic back said before the season he wants to rush for 2,500 yards, and while he isn't quite on that pace after the opener, he's not far off. Johnson ran for 142 yards -- including a 76-yard touchdown -- as Tennessee (1-0) routed Oakland 38-13.

    "I was waiting on it," quarterback Vince Young said of Johnson's big run. "Offensive coordinators and our coaches always preach just taking it one at a time, one play at a time ... 3 yards, 5 yards and then eventually CJ is going to do what he does."

    The NFL's Offensive Player of the Year has rushed for at least 100 yards in 12 straight games, two shy of Barry Sanders' league record set in 1997.

    Johnson, though, has been held under 70 in both career meetings with the Steelers despite breaking a 32-yard run in last season's 13-10 loss.

    Pittsburgh has allowed an NFL-low three 100-yard rushers since 2006.

    "I feel like we had a little success against them last year," Johnson said. "It's going to be a tough thing to run the ball against them. So we've just got to go game plan and get focused, just keep doing the same things that I've been doing."

    Tomlin is well aware of where his defense's attention needs to be.

    "(Johnson) has a strong argument for being the best player in the world right now," the fourth-year coach said. "They have some concept things, some speed option things, some designed things that highlight Vince's athleticism and pedigree, but largely their personality is their personality and their offense flows through 28."

    Johnson's job could be easier if Pittsburgh is without its run-stuffing nose tackle. Casey Hampton left the win over Atlanta with a hamstring injury and is questionable, meaning Chris Hoke could replace him.

    Both teams will have different signal-callers than the ones who started against each other in last season's Thursday night NFL opener, though Young -- who took over for Kerry Collins in Week 8 -- has 40 starts under his belt.

    Dixon only has two, and his season debut was far from flawless despite going 18 of 26 for 236 yards. He threw a costly interception and escaped a few other picks on defenders' drops, but wide receiver Hines Ward was encouraged.

    "All in all, we couldn't ask for any more out of Dennis," said Ward, who had his 26th career 100-yard game. "He did what we wanted him to do, and it was a great learning lesson."

    The Steelers may need Dixon to throw more if they continue to find running difficult against Tennessee, though he'll likely drop back without left tackle Max Starks (ankle) protecting his blind side. The Titans have held Pittsburgh to 109 yards on 48 carries in the past two meetings.

    Big plays were easy to complete in 2009 on Tennessee, which allowed 61 pass plays of 20 yards or more -- second-most in the league. The Raiders only hit one of that length last Sunday.

    "Everyone has a chip on their shoulder," cornerback Cortland Finnegan said. "When we look at film we'll realize we could have made some more plays. We can't be satisfied."

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    The beatings in Tennessee haven't been nice

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    This Week's Line

    2010 Trends (Regular Season)
    The Steelers are 1-0 ATS.
    The Steelers have not played away.
    The Steelers are 1-0 ATS as the underdog.
    The Steelers have not been an away underdog.
    The Titans are 1-0 ATS.
    The Titans are 1-0 ATS at home.
    The Titans have not been the underdog.

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    This Week's Line

    2010 Trends (Regular Season)
    The Steelers are 1-0 ATS.
    The Steelers have not played away.
    The Steelers are 1-0 ATS as the underdog.
    The Steelers have not been an away underdog.
    The Titans are 1-0 ATS.
    The Titans are 1-0 ATS at home.
    The Titans have not been the underdog.
    After one game.

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    After one game.
    Well... Last week I posted the '09 trends, but it doesn't apply anymore...

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    Well... Last week I posted the '09 trends, but it doesn't apply anymore...
    And thank the Lord for that.

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    Default Re: Game 2 : Steelers @ Titans : 09.19.10

    i was surprised when i was looking at the stats and such just how bad the Titans were last week against the run and how little Vince Young was tested. Both of which I think plays into our hands

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    Innnnnn go steelers!

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