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No one will remember Week 6 of the 2012 season as the game in which Roethlisberger threw for 363 yards, putting him at 28,065 and becoming the Steelers all-time passing leader. They'll remember it as the game in which the Steelers lost to what was supposed to be a much less capable team. Roethlisberger had his ups and downs in this game, and the complete lack of a running game forced much of the outcome on his shoulders. Having lost center Maurkice Pouncey early in the game, and right tackle Marcus Gilbert by halftime, the Steelers saw right guard Ramon Foster go down and play injured the rest of the game. The offense just didn't have the depth it would need to compete for four quarters.
If nothing else, Worilds notched his third sack in the last three games, and is beginning to look like he's capable of filling the defensive right side's edge rush. While he was part of a defense that was gashed on the ground for the third consecutive road game, Worilds seems to be rushing the passer with much more conviction, and will continue to grow into his own in that area.
Thrust into a difficult situation - tight game on the road with what more closely resembled the Steelers second-string offensive line - Batch made the most of it, scoring a huge touchdown in the fourth quarter, the first of his career, giving the Steelers a 23-16 lead.
That's normally enough to eek out a win. Batch filled in for injured starter Rashard Mendenhall (Achilles), as well as Redman, who went down with a knee injury. Redman, though, led the team in receiving hauling in a career-high 105 receiving yards.
The recipient of the yards that broke Bradshaw's record, the Steelers got in trouble late in the game by removing Miller from pass patterns to keep him into block. They certainly could have used him at the end, but with two back-ups providing any much protection as possible, it's understandable why the Steelers would go into max protect the way they did. Miller still had six catches and 67 yards.
We had mentioned before this game one of the keys for Tennessee would be to make big plays early, and also mentioned teams have (and after Week 6 will continue to) attack Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor.
It was easily Taylor's worst game of the season, appearing to be out of position several times, and simply beaten off the line in several others. If not for wide receiver Kenny Britt's silicon-coated hands, the Titans passing numbers would look much better than they ultimately did.
He also picked up three more penalties in a game where the Steelers only committed four as a team.
Steelers defensive line
The trio of Casey Hampton, Ziggy Hood and Brett Keisel had three tackles between them, and Keisel had all of them. Hampton and Hood were shut out as the Steelers allowed 4.4 yards per carry on the ground.
Ten targets, four catches, 20 yards and another drop. Zero catches in the fourth quarter. Although to give him some credit, he was the recipient of a defensive pass interference call that set up Batch's 1-yard touchdown run. The only difference between Brown and Mike Wallace was Wallace's 82-yard touchdown reception, otherwise he's on this list as well. Outside of that big play (and what a play it was), Wallace had a drop and was rendered ineffective.