For the first time in over a month the Steelers take to the road. For the second time this year that opponent is the Tennessee Titans. The first scheduled match up was delayed after a Covid-19 outbreak in the Titans facility. The matchup has only grown in size as both teams enter a perfect 5-0 with a loan spot atop the AFC standings on the line.
1PM EDT Sunday, Like I said earlier this will only be the Steelers second road game of the year after playing four consecutive games at home. The Steelers and Titans have been neck and neck recently within the confined’s of Nissan Stadium. Each team has won two games a piece in the last four games in Tennessee.
Titans Best Player
Derek Henry may just be the best running back in football in 2020. He has a unparrelled combination of size, power, and speed. Which he will use to beat teams down before gashing them for long runs. The Steelers have shut down some of the best rushers in football thus far, but on Sunday they will face their greatest challenge yet.
Weakest position group
The Titans are by far the most buttoned up team the Steelers have faced to date. They don't have many weaknesses which proved to make this selection a challenge. The Titans linebackers might be one spot that the Steelers can take advantage of. Former Indianapolis Colt Eric Ebron, has experience/success playing against the AFC south and could play a big factor playing against Jayon Brown and Harold Landry. They’re still a talented bunch but there will be room to make plays.
Mike Vrabel is to what defensive coaching is, as to what Kyle Shannahan is to offensive. He’s a bright young mind that has his team firing on all cylinders. Vrabel has established a high level of culture in Tennessee, and they will be a contending team in the NFL for a long time because of it.
How will the Titans attack the Steelers defense
The Tennessee Titans use a simple offensive philosophy, and it won't stray from it against this Steelers defense. Derek Henry is going to get a load of carries early in hopes of beating down the defensive front and pulling own the safeties. Once teams get caught cheating, Ryan Tannehill will start unloading the ball down the field to the likes of AJ Brown, Corey Davis, Jonnu Smith, and a plethora of other targets. The Steelers are going to need to build a quick early again to take Henry out of the game.
How will the Titans defend the Steelers offense
The Titans defense has struggled in recent weeks, however they're still a dangerous unit. The strength of the Titans defense is their front four. Jefferey Simmons and Jadeveon Clowney are game breakers in the running game and have a knack of pushing offensive lineman into the lap of the quarterback. They need tighter coverage this week as to not let this game become another shoot out.
We all know how talented Derek Henry, AJ Brown, and Jonnu Smith are as offensive weapons. But it’s the returning Corey Davis that scares me a bit. If Davis can take advantage of his match ups he will be a deadly fourth option for Tannehill. Will the Steelers be able to limit the Titans offensive weapons? We will find out on Sunday.
Sunday, 1PM EDT. We will see how this all plays out.