Steelers v. Titans Preview: Don’t sleep on Tennessee

Posted on Nov 16 2017 - 10:53am by Rachael McKriger
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The Pittsburgh Steelers almost blew it last week.

Right when I wrote to not ease up on the Indianapolis Colts, that’s exactly what the Steelers did.

This week, I’m writing the same thing, but maybe if I reword it, the Steelers might actually take note.

Don’t sleep on the Tennessee Titans.

Marcus Mariota is a talented quarterback, despite what the numbers might show. In 2017, he has thrown for 1,783 yards on 154 completed passes. Mariota has added seven passing touchdowns and three rushing touchdowns to his resume.

Something that the Steelers should take note of is Mariota’s turnover number.

The third-year quarterback has thrown six interceptions.

This year on defense, the Steelers have recorded eight interceptions, with Ryan Shazier grabbing three of them.

Mariota has improved in one factor of the game: fumbles. This year, he hasn’t given up a single fumble, while last year he fumbled the ball a total of nine times, recording five lost fumbles.

The Steelers defense, however, has recorded six forced fumbles. Shazier has recorded two of those forced fumbles.

Bottom line is that Mariota might want to steer clear of Shazier.

Tennessee also has some notable names on defense, including Adoree’ Jackson, Logan Ryan and DaQuan Jones.

However, Derrick Morgan is the player that Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will want to stay away from. Morgan has five sacks against opposing quarterbacks this year.

Kevin Byard leads the Titans defense with six interceptions.

Roethlisberger has already thrown 10 interceptions this year.

The Steelers relied on the leg of Chris Boswell on Sunday in Indianapolis, but the team has played noticeably better at home.

The Steelers are currently 7-2 and will look to improve their record against the Titans tonight at Heinz Field. Kick off is slated for 8:20 p.m. ET.

Photo of Ryan Shazier courtesy of AJ Mast/Associated Press.


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