Week 1 Recap: Tennessee Titans Beat Pittsburgh Steelers 16-9
A 10-game home-opener winning streak? For the Pittsburgh Steelers, that’s a thing of the past. The Tennessee Titans waltzed into Heinz Field and completed the 16-9 victory. The Titans entered this game as seven-point underdogs. The Steelers offense was held scoreless for the first 58 minutes and 34 seconds.
The Steelers scored the first points of the game when Titans kick returner Darius Reynaud took the opening kickoff out of the end zone, stepped back in and downed it for a safety. The Steelers held a 2-0 lead before Jackie Battle scored on a three-year touchdown run right before halftime. That made it 7-2 Titans at the half.
Jake Locker didn’t have the most impressive stat line: 11-of-20 for 125 yards. His defense and ground game carried him. Minus Locker, the Titans had 37 rushing attempts for 110 yards. That was enough against a Steelers offense that managed 195 yards, much of which came on their final possession against a prevent defense in a 16-2 deficit. The Titans had five sacks, taking advantage of an offensive line that couldn’t recover after they lost Pro Bowl center Maurkice Pouncey to a knee injury early on.
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