Titans vs. Steelers: Week 1 Studs, Duds, Grades & Reaction

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Titans vs. Steelers: Studs, Duds, Grades & Reaction for Tennessee

Titans vs. Steelers: Studs, Duds, Grades & Reaction for Tennessee

Sep 8, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Tennessee Titans strong safety George Wilson (21 middle) is congratulated after recovering an on-side kick against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. The Tennessee Titans won 16-9. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Tennessee Titans were seven-point underdogs. 12 of 13 ESPN NFL analysts picked the Pittsburgh Steelers. Titan Sized editor Joshua Huffman… predicted 16 points for the Titans and 20 for the Steelers.

Putting that $100 million to good use, the Titans started their season with a bang. Actually, they started with a d’oh! before scoring 16 answered points in a 16-9 victory. Anyone who doesn’t understand the d’oh! part will understand once they dive deeper into the duds section.

Enjoy dominant defensive football? The Titans held the Steelers to 195 total yards, 75 of which came when the Titans went into a prevent defense with a 16-2 lead. Unlike past seasons, the Titans controlled the football for 34 minutes. They had a 42-20 run-to-pass ratio. The defense recorded five sacks against a Steelers offensive line that became completely worthless when Pro Bowl center Maurkice Pouncey tore his ACL and MCL early on.

Let’s check out some of the Titans’ studs and duds from this Week 1 matchup. We’ll conclude with a grade for the pass offense, run offense, pass defense, run defense and special teams.

SOURCES: ESPN Box Score

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