5 winners and 4 losers from Steelers 27-24 win vs. Titans
Winner: Vince Williams
The biggest winner on this list was Vince Williams. Yes, he failed to make coverage play on the Brown score, but he was the most impactful defender on the day. His ten tackles and a sack were key in this defense holding the Titans as they did, and Williams continued his dominant play despite losing his running mate.
While the entire Steelers rushing defense should be credited here, Williams in particular was a force, stopping Henry in his tracks and limiting the Titans rushing game. He was constantly bursting through the line, disrupting the backfield, and having his way with the offense. Sure, his coverage wasn’t great, but that isn’t his strength. He looked like a man possessed on a few plays and single handily stopped Henry on a few rushes.
There were concerns that the Steelers would try to use him in a role like they had before, where he suddenly had too much on his plate and struggled. Instead, the team allowed Williams to maintain his role as a run stopper and enforcer. As a result, the Steelers run defense continued to dominant despite facing the best runner in the league. Williams was elite with what he did well, and he easily saved the Steelers from a few big plays during this game.
While it wasn’t pretty, the Steelers stayed perfect against a talented Titans team. The road only gets tougher here, as the Ravens will likely prove to be the hardest game of the year so far. Bask in the win while you can, as the record will be put to the test next week.