The 2-point conversion, or 2PC, is two quick points from this week’s game about next week’s game. The first point will highlight a Titan player or unit that was the game-changing factor in this week’s game (vs. the Oakland Raiders). While the second point will highlight a weakness of the Titan’s upcoming opponent (this week, the Pittsburgh Steelers) from their game.
Vince Young (13-17, 154 yards, 2 TD; 30 rushing yards, 1 FUM)
Besides an atrocious opening drive, Vince Young looked poised throughout the meaningful portion of the game. Commanding the offense efficiently, while sprinkling in a big play or two will be the winning formula for VY, this year, and next week versus a stingy Steeler defense. The Nate Washington play-action pass, in particular, was perfectly executed and a game-plan changing play for the Raiders.
Matt Ryan looked uncomfortable all-day, but it’s hard to tell if that was necessarily the Steelers creating pressure or a preseason hangover from a still-young Falcon team. Make no mistake, Troy Polamalu is a play-maker. And LaMarr Woodley with James Harrison will give David Stewart and Michael Roos all they can handle. But, this is a game that can be won with a single, patient play from VY or CJ2K. If the Titans protect the ball, the score will take care of itself.
The smart money is to expect another 13-10 OT barn-burner out of this matchup, like last year. However, after VY’s steady performance and Dennis Dixon’s lucky escape, I see this game getting away from the Steelers late.
Titans 24 – Steelers 12
Topics: Atlanta Falcons, Chris Johnson, David Stewart, Dennis Dixon, James Harrison, LaMarr Woodley, Matt Ryan, Michael Roos, Nate Washington, Oakland Raiders, Pittsburgh Steelers, Tennessee Titans, Troy Polamalu, Vince Young