October 9, 2011; Pittsburgh,PA, USA: Tennessee Titans tight end Jared Cook (89) is tackled after a pass reception by Pittsburgh Steelers defenders Ike Taylor (bottom) and Troy Polamalu (43) during the first quarter at Heinz Field. The Steelers won 38-17. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USPRESSWIRE

Tennessee Titans Face Softer Pittsburgh Steelers

Any break for the Tennessee Titans is a blessing. When they face the Pittsburgh Steelers tomorrow night, they’ll be receiving at least two blessings.

Both the Steelers starting safety Troy Polamalu and starting OLB LaMarr Woodley will be out for the Thursday night game.

That’s about as much as the Titans can ask for.

Polamalu is a game-changer. Everyone knows that. That same can be said for Woodley. With the Titans being forced to go with Hasselbeck again, at least they won’t have to be as worried as they would if both Polamalu and Woodley were starting.

It still won’t be an easy feat for the Titans to overcome the Steelers. They have a heck of a history against each other, though the Steelers lead overall with 41 wins to the Titans 29. At LP field, the odds are much better being 18-17. The Steelers have also lost their past three road games.

Really though, this is grasping at straws. If the Titans can’t pull themselves together and create some positive consistency on both sides of the ball, they won’t be beating anyone again this season. And from what we’ve seen thus far, they could be a long ways away from it.

At least they’re only at four losses right now. That still leaves room for hope, however futile it may be.


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