Joshua: Before divisional realignment in 2002, the Pittsburgh Steeelers and Tennessee Titans were AFC Central rivals. Both teams have retained their hatred for one another. Some Titans enthusiasts claim that the Steelers are still the Titans’ No. 1 rival. Where does the Titans vs. Steelers rivalry rank in your mind and the minds of all Steelers fans when compared to their other rivalries?
Aug 29, 2013; Charlotte, NC, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin talks to players on the sidelines during the game against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium. The Panthers defeated the Steelers 25-10. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports
di Tolla: Baltimore has been Pittsburgh’s biggest rival over the last decade and a half, and that is unlikely to change unless both teams are split-up by a realignment.
Cincinnati has been an “on-and-off” rival since 1970, and older members of our fanbase still hold a strong amount of disdain for Cleveland. I will however say that I enjoyed the heated rivalry between Tennessee and Pittsburgh which lasted from about 1999-2002.
Unfortunately, the “rivalry” between the Steelers and the Titans has meant very little to many of our fans since realignment took place over 10 years ago. Well, unless you count that time when “LenWhale” White disrespected “The Terrible Towel” after the Steelers’ final loss before they went on their Super Bowl run. Then again, the Titans haven’t been a relevant force in the AFC since Matt Stover’s game-winning field goal sailed through the uprights in January of 2009 either.