Thursday night a floundering Titans team returns back home to LP Field to play host to the 2-2 Steelers, kicking off week six of the NFL season.
The Titans lost in Minnesota Sunday 30-7, and at 1-4 and with allowing 181 points this season, clearly their 2012 campaign is slipping away.
“It’s frustrating,” said coach Mike Munchak, whose team has totaled 21 points in two losses since a 44-41 overtime home win over Detroit on Sept. 23. “We know this is our big opportunity to hopefully change the opinion of a lot of people by how we play on Thursday night.”
This week the Titans task doesn’t look any easier, as Ben Roethlisberger and a potent Steelers offense is in town, fresh off a final play win over the Eagles Sunday 16-14.
The Steelers got some of their running game back last week, as Rashard Mendenhall rushed for 81 yards with a touchdown, and caught two passes for 20 yards in his first game since tearing his ACL on New Year’s Day.
Pittsburgh’s D on the road has been pretty bad though, as while they rank fifth in the NFL with 280.0 yards allowed per contest, but it’s given up 65 total points in road defeats to Denver and Oakland.
Tennessee ranks 27th averaging 17.6 points, the Steelers will line up without one, and possibly two, of their top defenders, as Troy Polamalu and possibly LaMarr Woodley won’t go.
Roethlisberger, who has completed 65.6 percent of his passes for 1,111 yards with eight touchdowns and one pick in 2012, so look for him and the Steelers to go to the air early and often against a soft Titans secondary.
Matt Hasselbeck will start for the Titans, he went 29 of 49 for 262 yards with a TD and an interception at Pittsburgh last season. With Jake Locker out, and Chris Johnson playing awful, the Titans are in for a long night.
Pittsburgh 27 Tennessee 13