Here goes nothin’…
Ryan Clark with the first dumb penalty of the day.
Not his fault. The runner was tiptoeing down the sideline, and Clark hit before before the whistle blew. There’s no way for him to know he had already stepped out. That fact shouldn’t have escaped the official who threw the flag, but it seems it did.
Meanwhile, the defense stills seems to be incapable of doing anything positive.
Much like Houston last week, the only thing stopping the Titans has been the Titans.
Woodley showed up today.
The Titans’ play-calling after Farrior’s penalty seemed a little questionable. Not one rushing attempt?
Brown is going to take one all the way sooner or later. Another great return for him.
First play from scrimmage of the game is a 21 yard run by the Titans. The Steelers did get some penetration on it, but did not have the gap discipline to go with it.
Hey, Tomlin’s actually making a legitimate challenge. That was definitely a catch by Wallace.
Really glad he made that challenge now.
Jason Jones threw a punch at Ramon Foster, and Foster does the smart thing. He puts up his hands like a prohibition-era gangster has told him to “reach for the sky.” But doesn’t a punch generally yield an ejection or at least a personal foul?
Ummm, 3 man wedge by the Titans there.
After that first long run by Johnson, the Steelers do seem to be doing a better job in the run defense.
Chris Hoke is playing well and so is the run d on this drive. Come on, just keep it up for 16 more games.
The running lanes still aren’t opening up on offense. But Redman is taking what he can get. It doesn’t always work, but it seems to yield a higher rate of return. Here what I’m thinking, when nothing is there Redman plowing into a bunch of guys at least picks up something. When there is a hole, Mendenhall making the tackler who does get there miss is more effective.
Of course the next play after I say that, Redman jukes the man in the hole.
Heh. I criticized Ryan Clark for his penalty, but the Saints’ Roman Harper committed an absurdly ridiculous penalty, shoving Carolina’s Steve Smith to the ground after he scored a TD.
Wow!!!!!!!!! Awesome fake punt!
What the what?! I don’t think anybody saw that coming, and it was executed brilliantly.
Not really excited about calling a timeout right after the fake punt, though. Seems like you’d want to keep the Titans on their heels.
Love dialing up a fake punt! Great play
And easy TD to Ward!
Kickoff coverage team, remember your lanes.
So naturally, the kick coverage, which has been pretty good this season, leaves a big hole open for a good Titans’ return.
Did I just see Dwyer rumbling for a bazillion yards?!!!!
Decent first run by Dwyer.
I love the way that Redman simply refused to go down
Gah. Gilbert leaving with an injury.
Marcus Gilbert reinjured his shoulder it seems.
Geez. Redman just pushed that pile about 3 or 4 yards.
Ever see the movie 300? It reminded me of the last scene of that movie where the Spartans move around bunched up with a dome shaped shield wall. Phalanx-based offense is pretty old-school
TD to David Johnson!
When Polamalu blitzes, you have to generate pressure or there are going to be open receivers.
Old reliable Ward for the conversion. I was kind of expecting to see a draw there.
Oh come on, come on Ema-a-anuel you got to catch that.
Well, that was just about the stupidest interception ever. What the heck happened?
Everybody thought the other guys were doing something different. Ward thought it was a screen and went to block. Roethlisberger thought it was a slant, and threw where nobody ran. And Sanders and Brown did nothing, so they probably thought either spike, or maybe they would receive a screen.
WTF was that throw about?
The whole thing was confusing. It looked he was trying a fake spike, but didn’t tell the receiver. But it was third down, and I’m pretty sure they still had a timeout left; why they would they spike it?
Well despite the wacky end, a pretty decent half of football for the Steelers.
Yeah, they were a little shaky on defense on Tennessee’s first drive, but since then, both sides have played very well.
Ever since that defensive stand following Farrior’s illegal contact.
I still question the Titans’ play-calling after that play, too. Three straight passes at the goal line when the Steelers have had difficulty stopping the run just seems dumb.
You apparently are not familiar with the Titan’s red zone history this year.
The Titans have gotten flagged quite a bit in this game.
Very good job by Ben at protecting the football there.
Yeah very impressive.
Nice run by Redman. What Redman has is balance. He leans into hits so that the hit pushes him upwards instead of backwards and down.
Pouncey on the sideline; didn’t see him get hurt
I’m still not a fan enough of the empty set in short yardage and/or goal to go situations.
Hines Ward on the triple jump for TD. Very pretty.
The “Dream Team” is getting blasted by Buffalo, 28-7.
I don’t have the numbers in front of me, but the Steelers offense has seemed very nicely balanced. The only thing absent is a reception on a bomb.
Gah. Titans got lucky there.
The Titans have two “catches” for first down on this drive that have bounced off the ground.
Results in an unearned touchdown. So far Tennessee has gotten all their points on drives with big bad calls in their favor.
The pass defense has fallen apart on this drive.
That’s a bit unfair. There were blitzes that got picked up, and then one big bad coverage error. It wasn’t great or anything, but “fallen apart” is too severe.
Lovely. Now the Titans may have recovered an onside kick
Made possible by an illegal block in the back on Ryan Mundy. The Steelers on the next play right the wrong, though,
So, uh, who would have predicted that the Steelers’ first 100 yard rushing game this season would come from, not Mendenhall, not Redman, but Jonathan Dwyer?
Now Redman is hurt…
Sideline reports a cramp.
Nice coverage out there on Lewis island.
The Steelers need to work on kick/punt protection.
This game doesn’t really need to get interesting right now. Blocked punt by Tennessee returned for a TD; TD is wiped out by a penalty.
And then Hasselbeck misses a wiiiiiiiide open Nate in the endzone.
Strip sack on Hasselbeck, Chris Carter recovered. Then the Titans retain possession, WTF?
Rookie question here: when mundy and lewis are on the field, that means we are in the dime package. Why isn’t BMac playing in that package in place of one of those two DBs? Is it normal to use a safety at dimeback instead of a corner?
Mundy has played in the dime the last two years. We used to use it a lot, but do so less regularly now to keep LBs on the field. Generlaly, we go nickel. But LeBeau’s dime defense has always had 3 safeties and 3 CBs, one of whom is a slot. Lewis better on the outside and Gay goes slot, so there is no place for BMac.
Fumble recovery there probably would have all but locked up this game. The bright side is the Titans wind up using one of their timeouts after the play.
And now Troy gets hit with a DPI on a 4th down incomplete pass.
*sigh* on that one. Perfectly defended.
Agreed. I didn’t see any PI there.
heyward looking pretty sweet, hes making an impact
Nice grab by Sanders on the onside kick. Now let’s run out the clock.
Or chuck a long TD to Wallace. That works, too.
Didn’t expect that one.
Neither did Tennessee.
So the missing piece was…. Max Starks?
Max got a lot of help today from Legs. But he did do a good job when 1-on-1 with the DE.
No, our missing piece was the O-line doing a good job of keeping Ben clean. Game ball to the O-line.
Anyone else ready to buy a Max Starks’ jersey?
Hey Ted how is that Steelers in demise article gonna go this week?
Come on now. Last week’s “Steelers in demise article” said, they are “nowhere near as pitiful as they have looked in three of the first four games this fall” and “I still cannot foresee the run defense being this weak throughout the year, but there does not appear to be an easy fix.”