I'm pretty sure the Pittsburgh Steelers take five years off my life every game that they play.
Let's be honest here, as Jack O'Brien always says on Stranded Sports Podcast, "The Steelers are the most reliable unreliable team." That saying was true once again this Sunday afternoon in Nashville Tennessee.
All I can say is that the game was a rollercoaster ride through and through. The Steeler's first drive of the game was wild as quarterback Ben Roethlisberger connected with tight end Eric Ebron on an awkward desperation shovel pass. Roethlisberger then connected with Wide Reciever Dionte Johnson for a touchdown on the first drive of the game. This was the Steeler's first possession touchdown since Week 15 of the 2018 season in their win against the New England Patriots.
The Steelers continued to control all facets of the game in the first and most of the second quarter as they outgained the Titans 161-1 in the first 18 minutes of the game. The Steelers took a 24-7 lead into the locker room at the end of the first half.
The Steelers were able to stop the Titans in their opening drive in the second half forcing them to punt. Chris Boswell was able to knock home a 30-yard field goal on Pittsburgh's issuing drive extending the lead to 20 points.
Any normal fan of a football team would say that a 20 point lead is a pretty safe lead to hold. But for any Steelers fan that is the kiss of death. When Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill connected with receiver A.J Brown on a slant for a 75-yard touchdown I knew the Steelers were heading down a dark path.
Tennessee went on to score 17 unanswered points including the Brown touchdown to bring the Titans within three points of tieing the game. To say that I was sweating bullets was an understatement. My heart was pounding as the Titans made their 12 play trek down the field. It all came down to one play as Stephen Gostkowski lined up for a 46-yard field goal. He missed it wide right! The Steelers pulled it out.
Looking at the game as a whole Pittsburgh dominated most of the game and the score does not reflect how effective they actually were.
The Steelers held the Titans offense to under 300 yards. Even more impressive the Steelers front seven held Derek Henry to just 82 yards which was a very challenging task. Pittsburgh converted 72% of third downs to the Titans 38%. The Steelers also controlled the time of possession battle as well.
The road doesn't get any easier this week as Pittsburgh is taking on the 5-1 Baltimore Ravens. Kickoff is Sunday at 1:00 on CBS. Be on the lookout for the picks of this game on To the House later this week.