Thursday, September 10, 2009

Game Day 1 - Tennessee @ Pittsburgh

Oh man, here we go. Game day is upon us. I am not in Pittsburgh but I can feel the buzz in the air 4,000 miles away. What a feeling and what a game to begin with. I hope James Harrison knocks LenDale White out of the game and then whipes his face with a The Towl while he lays on the field. What a tool. Go drink some booze.

Lets take a closer look at the matchup that we are about to see.

Scouting Tennessee:

Last season: 13-3, first in the AFC South. Fell in the divisional round of the playoffs to the Ravens.

Last five years: 40-40 overall record and 15-15 in the AFC South

The Titans were 4-1 last season against playoff teams and were 5-2 against teams that were over .500.

All time record against the Steelers: 29-38.

Offensive Statistics (All from 2008) (All rankings out of entire NFL)

Points per game
Pittsburgh: 21.7 (20th)
Tennessee: 23.4 (T-14th)

Total yards per game
Pittsburgh: 311.9 (22nd)
Tennessee: 313.6 (21st)

Rush Yards per game
Pittsburgh: 105.6 (23rd)
Tennessee: 137.4 (7th)

Defensive Statistics (All from 2008) (All rankings out of entire NFL)

Points allowed per game
Pittsburgh: 13.9 (1st)
Tennessee: 14.6 (2nd)

Yards allowed per game
Pittsburgh: 237.2 (1st)
Tennessee: 293.6 (7th)

Rush Yards allowed per game
Pittsburgh: 80.2 (2nd)
Tennessee: 93.9 (6th)

Team Statistics (All from 2008) (All ranks out of entire NFL)

Turnover margin
Pittsburgh: +4 (T-12)
Tennessee: +14 (2nd)

Time of Possession
Pittsburgh: 31:41 (6th)
Tennessee: 29:19 (22nd)

Last season the Steelers dropped their regular season contest to the Titans by the score of 31-14.

All of the above stats are nice to look at and talk about but in reality they do not mean a whole bunch. What means the most is how both of these teams come out and play today. One season after a both teams had success and played each other, lets see what has changed over the year.

The soft spot of the Steelers defiantly the offensive line. It will be interesting to see how how Tennessee plans to handle going after Ben and trying to throw him off his game. One thing that a lot of teams say is that you want to get after Ben and blitz him, but if he gets even a little bit of time you are going to get burned. The Steelers have the players on the outside in Hines and Tone so it should be interesting to see how the Titans defense stacks up.

I plan on this game being a feeling out for the first quarter. Both teams are going to try to establish the run and going to see where and who they can attack. I feel good about hte Steelers chances in this game. I feel that DL will learn from last year when they got beat for 31 points and he will have some tricks up his sleeve. I give this one to the Steelers, 27-17.

Here We Go

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