Steelers at Titans
CBS WTVF-Channel 5
Sunday, noon, LP Field.
What to watch for on offense: The Steelers will be tough for the Titans to run on with their 3-4 scheme, and perhaps even tougher to throw on if they get into third-and-long situations. The Titans can ill afford another off day from the offense. Chris Johnson is Tennessee’s best weapon, and the Titans need to get him involved in the offense early via the run or the pass and try to get him in space for a big play against a Pittsburgh team that is No. 1 in red zone defense.
What to watch for on defense: The Titans need to do two things — get pressure on Ben Roethlisberger and get a big play via a turnover or sack to flip field position. A defensive or even a special teams score could be a huge momentum-turning play that could change the outcome of the game. That task will be much harder without Albert Haynesworth and Kyle Vanden Bosch on the field for Tennessee.
Worth noting: Of course, the game will decide home-field advantage in the AFC playoffs, but it should be pointed out that the Steelers (192) and Titans (197) are the two top defenses in fewest points allowed, the only teams to give up fewer than 200 points this season.
Prediction: It will be an old school-type game and probably will be low scoring. The Titans’ chore will be made much tougher without their two defensive line stars. Steelers 17, Titans 13.