Steelers 19 Titans 11
Been asking for a gadget play in my column for two weeks… been taking much heat on it also from friends, family, and some fans on this blog… I got one word for yinzz – BOOOOOOOO YAAAA!
Finally, the level 10 gadget play we needed (in form of a reserve handoff from Moore to Brown) on the opening kickoff of the game for a 89 yard touchdown…. Absolutely brilliant Coach Tomlin and crew! Set the tone for the game, made the home crowd quiet, and gave energy and more importantly the lead for our defense to tee off on, which was extraordinary.
The defense forced 7 turnovers… It was the most turnovers the Steelers forced in 13 years, when they caused 7 against Baltimore back in 1997. And if that wasn’t enough, Pittsburgh won w/ their 4th string quarterback to start the season, Charlie Batch, after Dennis Dixon got hurt.
Highlights & lowlights of gameday
- D-E-F-E-N-S-E… Game balls to everyone on that side, all coaches, and even the hydration/training staff for have their ‘A’ game today. Held RB Chris Johnson to 34 yards who came in game with 12 consecntive 100 yards games.. (i.e. Titans chose to wear their white jerseys at home, forcing the Steelers to wear their black in the southern heat – great Gatorade mix hydration staff)
- QB Charlie Batch – 4thstringer held it together… 5 for 11 for 25 yards isn’t good style points, but he made good throws in my book, limited the turnovers, and team respects his vetern presensce in huddle and sidelines – you can see it.
- Special teams – gadget play, field goals, solid tackling…. Punting was average however, didn’t execute chances to pin them deep. Get fixed asap!
- Steeler offense has only 7 first downs… WR Mike Wallace led with a lowly 2 catches for 25.. 127 total yards.
- Thumbs down to ‘prevent defense’ when up 19-3… allowing Titans to make a dent with td and two pt. We lost our edge, we didn’t attack… I didn’t like it!… ‘Bring it’ in that situation with the way we were playing, and end it with sack and/or blitz and pressure.
- Left vm for ex-Steelers quarterback Neil O’Donnell during game… A friend of mine is a friend of his, so he dialed… Big doggy deal, right? No way, big deal here… Most of Steeler Nation blames the man for two poor passes in the Super Bowl loss to Cowboys in ‘95.. yes, bad passes but receivers played a part also on routes, and regardless… you have to forgive in life… (life lesson here) – plus with Steeler QB injuries, I may need to pass his digits to Tomlin this week.
- Local LA-based Chicago Bears blog writer Ram Chodorowski’s prediction of Bears vs. Steelers in Superbowl… with Bears win 6-5… Awful! Bears won’t make playoffs I say. Ram loses…
Pittsburgh at Tampa Bay (1 pm EASTERN) next week in battle of 2-0 teams… Look for preview blog on Friday.
About the Author
Written by Chris Palisin
My Bachelor's Degree is in Kinesiology from Penn State, and I have been involved in fitness, athletics, sports, and coaching all my life. Recently, I discovered a new passion in life, covering and writing about sports. I am confident I can offer an unique and interesting take on sports with my experience, particularly the NFL and for Steeler Nation this year. My hope is you enjoy and respect my opinion.... Enjoy the journey!