Morning Links (and Daily Thread)…

A quick daily look at what’s happening around Steelers Nation. And consider this your open thread for discussing the days events and, well, anything else that comes to mind about the Black and Gold.

– We had some site problems last night that prevented me from getting this set up, so here it is. Better late than never, I suppose.

– Well, it’s almost gameday so let’s get some predictions, people. Are the Steelers headed for 2-0, finally defeating the Titans in Tennessee … or is 1-1 what’s in the cards?

– You remember the Titans, right? [One For The Other Thumb]

– How do the Steelers get ready for Chris Johnson? By using Antonio Brown as Chris Johnson in practice. Also, it sounds like Brown could make his debut on Sunday. [Tribune Review]

– And for your random YouTube of the day: This video made its way around the internet prior to Super Bowl XL, but it shows Steelers fans and their fascination for taking pictures of the Terrible Towel all over the world. Steelers fans are everywhere.

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  • Cols714

    As pessimistic as I was last week, the defense and OL really showed me something. I’ll go 2-0 with Dixon playing much better and the D holding CJ in check, that is he’ll only get around 100 yards.

  • Anonymous

    CJ is amazing, we’re 1-8 in the state of Tennesee and the Titans have lots of experience with a QB like ours. However, if “Vince Young just wins football games,” Dixon apparently has mastered the art of taking games to overtime. Home field seems enough to tip this game, so I expect us to lose a close one. 2-2 seems pretty likely and 3-1 would be a pleasant surprise.

  • John S.

    Gotta stick with my original 2-2 prediction. The team looked decent against Atlanta, but they didn’t show me anything to change my prediction. Tenn’s defense looks like a significant step up from ATL. Granted if both defenses can nullify the run, Dixon v Young could make this a toss-up, but I think we’ll be 1-1 by Sunday night.

    (Come on reverse jinx!)

  • TJFINN

    I’m probably just being a yinzer but I think the D will hold CJ to to 50 yds and no touchdowns. As a matter of fact I’ve benched him in fantasy this week. Hope I’m right. The “CJ2K” thing has really gotten on my nerves. GO STILLERS

  • http://www.steelerslounge.com/ ryan

    On the podcast (listen now!) I picked the Steelers 13-10. A defensive touchdown, and two Skippy field goals. CJ gets his TD because, well, he’s CJ. And, yes, I’m totally being a homer.

  • FW

    Midweek, my gut started to knot up over this game. Usually, when that happens, we win with surprising ease. I just don’t see it here: we typically do not travel well to Tenn, and it looks like both teams will key on run D and expecting the opposing QB to win it. Dixon dodged a few turnovers, but I think they trip him up here. 17-13 Titans.

    • Anonymous

      I agree that turnovers seem likely to be decisive, even more than normal.

  • RoB D

    It’s all about the D, ST’s and the running game.

    We excell in these areas, we win.

    But the injuries and starting a young and still green QB catches up to us.

    I think the Titans just have a little too much for us in this one. 17-13 Tenn.

  • Cols714

    This game shows just how important last week’s win was. Since we won (and yes, I can use we here, at least according to Bill Simmons) last week this game is more like a bonus. Sure it’d be awesome to win, but if not, we are still 1-1 and heading for a game against Tampa.

    Had the Steelers lost, 0-2 would be looking us in the face. And I can only imagine the panic unleashed in Steelerdom if 0-2 became a reality.

  • Ronni Rossi

    i like our chances probably better than last week…Dixon’s got another game under his belt,the “D” is looking strong and i think our special teams is ready to step it up! plus i see a gadget play surfacing this week!

  • Anonymous

    Why is a win in a low scoring game ugly and in a higher scoring game impressive? Why is a low scoring game an example of two teams playing poorly while a high scoring game is two teams playing well? Isn’t defense just as important as offense? Scoring has exactly as much to do with defense as with offense. I’m so tired of the lion’s share of media attention focusing on offense. Defenses play well or poorly too.

    P.S. On the flip side, don’t tell me “defense wins championships” either. Both sides of play are precisely as important as one another.