Breaking down the Titans offensive matchup vs Steelers defense

Ryan Tannehill #17 of the Tennessee Titans (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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Key Matchup #2

AJ Brown and Corey Davis vs Joe Haden and Steven Nelson

The word “weakness” might be a bit of a stretch here. There are plenty of teams across the league that would be more than satisfied with a starting cornerback tandem playing at the level of Pittsburgh’s Joe Haden and Steven Nelson.

But for an elite group like the Steelers, this could be one Achilles heel, especially with the Titans wide-receiver corps back at full strength. For the Titans to pull out a win on Sunday, they’re going to need to find a way to take advantage of their receiving strength against Pittsburgh’s cornerback weakness– especially with Steelers’ star Mike Hilton ruled out for the game.

Despite playing with a lingering injury, AJ Brown has re-emerged as a bonafide NFL star from the second he got back on the field. The number two in the offense, Corey Davis, has been held off the field since Week 3 due to COVID restrictions– but has looked good in his three-game start to the season.

Even if Henry can overcome a difficult foe in the Steelers’ defense, he might not be able to take control of the game in a similar way to his performance against Houston. For the Titans to win, they might need big games from both Brown and Davis, but both of them could be set up for success in Week 7.