3 things we learned from Steelers win against Tennessee Titans
By Eric Hassel
The Steelers came from behind to beat the Tennessee Titans and to earn a much-needed victory.
All I can say about what I witnessed from the Steelers against the Tennessee Titans is this: Thankfully, the Steelers defense showed up in the second half because the offense was nowhere to be found for most of the game.
Yes, we scored enough points to secure victory and that’s all that matters; however, you have to ask yourself this question: How many times can the Steelers ‘D’ bail out the offense? Football is the ultimate team sport and, ideally, both the offense and the defense should complement each other.
After a very shaky first half, the defense ‘buckled down’ to hold the Titans offense to zero points in the second half. It was another stellar performance, in the second half anyway, from the defense. Frankly, that was the difference in the game.
Let’s take a look at what we learned on offense.
The Steelers offense is still very much a work in progress
According to ESPN, the offense amassed a total of one hundred and sixty-eight net yards. How did we win this game by gaining less than two hundred yards on offense? Well, as was stated previously, the defense played ‘lights out’ in the second half.
Through fourteen games of the 2021 season, why are we still talking about the feckless nature of the offense? Why are still talking about slow starts and the inability to put games away when the offense is on the field?
What really made this game a ‘head-scratcher for me was this: We converted two of eleven third downs and held the ball for twenty minutes and fifty-two seconds. That’s awful, just absolutely awful. I realize Ben Roethlisberger would never throw our offensive coordinator under the bus, as it were, but the Matt Canada experiment cannot end soon enough as far as I’m concerned.
Let’s see what we learned on the defensive side of the ball.