Breaking down the Titans offensive matchup vs Steelers defense

Ryan Tannehill #17 of the Tennessee Titans (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
Ryan Tannehill #17 of the Tennessee Titans (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images) /
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To Sum It All Up

If he hasn’t already, Week 7 against the Steelers could be the perfect chance for Ryan Tannehill to quiet the concerns that he can’t play without Derrick Henry.

Henry could have another good game on Sunday, but the chances of him having a game like the one he had against Houston are slim, at best. The Pittsburgh front-seven has been brutal against opposing running backs, and even a talent like Henry might struggle to get going. But even without an A-game from Henry, there are ways for the Titans to exploit the Steelers defense– and they come back to Ryan Tannehill.

The Steelers have good cornerbacks, but receivers like AJ Brown, Corey Davis, and even Adam Humphries have been good enough this season to get the upper hand on Joe Haden and Steven Nelson. The Steelers have good linebackers, but without the help of Devin Bush, covering the middle of the field could be an issue that Jonnu Smith can exploit.

Assuming Sambrailo and Kelly, with the help of their interior offensive line, can keep Tannehill upright– the Titans will have the personnel and the matchups to thrive in the passing game. It will fall on Tannehill to make the throws, but if he can, the Titans could be looking at 6-0 by the end of the day.