Rookie Punter Drew Butler suffered his first NFL career blocked punt. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-US PRESSWIRE

Steelers Fall To Titans; Remain Winless on the Road

Congrats to Big Ben, the Steelers All-Time Passing Yards Leader. Mandatory credit: Don McPeak-US PRESSWIRE

Stop me if you’ve heard this before.  The Steelers were decimated by injuries on the offensive line, waste red zone opportunities to score touchdowns rather than field goals, and gave up a 4th quarter lead.  2009 anyone?  Almost everything that could have gone wrong did.  A blocked punt, costly penalties, injuries, and Ben throwing his first interception since Week 1.  Maurkice Pouncey was injured on the first offensive play of the game for the Steelers.  The Titans were able to drive down the field on their first possession to score a field goal after having only reached the red zone 10 times in their previous five games.  The Steelers are now 0-3 on the road for only the second time in the last 20 years.  Yeah, let that sink in for a moment.

Before we get into the bad, let’s take some time to recognize the positives that game from last night’s disaster.  Ben Roethlisberger passed Terry Bradshaw as the all time passing yards leader for the Steelers with 28,066 career passing yards and counting.  Isaac Redman became the first Steelers RB since Frenchy Fuqua to catch for over 100 yards with 105 receiving yards.  Second year RB Baron Batch scored his first NFL touchdown on a 1 yard run in the 4th quarter.  Other than that and the fact that it’s only Week 6 and not Week 12, there ain’t much to be smiling about this morning for Steeler Nation.

I’d really like to know who put the voodoo curse on the Steelers offensive line.  It’s almost comical how quickly injuries occur.  I mean, Maurkice Pouncey was injured on the very first offensive play.  Seriously, I’m not even kidding.  Then the O-line started dropping like flies.  Four out of the seven linemen that dressed last night missed at least part of the game due to injuries.  Towards the end of the game, the only available running backs were Baron Batch and Chris Rainey after both Mendenhall and Redman were sidelined by injuries.   The Steelers were already suffering with the absence of LaMarr Woodley and Troy Polamalu, who were injured in Sunday’s game vs. the Eagles and unable to return given the short week.

There’s got to be nothing more infuriating as a fan than watching your team miss opportunities and lose to an inferior team.  Make no mistake for you Titan fan trollers that might have found your way to this article, your team is bad.  That’s not me speaking out of spite or bitterness, that’s speaking from the statistics and record going into this game that says the Titans were by far the inferior team.  Last night, however, the Steelers played like the inferior team.  The Steelers came into this game as the #5 ranked defense in the NFL, but Steeler Nation knows that ranking is misleading.  This defense hasn’t looked like itself at all this season.  Possibly even going back to last season.  The loss of Polamalu cannot be overlooked.  Numbers don’t lie and the Steelers are 7-9 in the 16 games the Steelers have played without Polamalu in the lineup since 2009.  The Titans had barely sniffed the red zone prior to last night’s game, and the Steelers paved their way all night long through blown coverages and costly penalties.  The Titans defense was ranked #32 in the league and the Steelers mustered 11 rushing yards in the first half.

It’s not quite time to panic, I mean it still is only Week 6, there is plenty of time to right this ship but the opportunities could diminish fairly quickly if the Steelers continue to play this sloppy, undisciplined, inconsistent football.  They’re on pace to break their own record for most penalties in one season.  The Steelers now get 10 days off to get healthy and prepare for their first divisional game in Cincy next Sunday night.  If the Steelers are going to turn their road woes around, next week is as good of a time as any.

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  • Ross

    It’s hard to know what to say about last night that hasn’t already been said…but I’ll try. I don’t know what happened with Ike but he is TERRIBLE. He commits a foul on EVERY play now…EVERY PLAY! I said it at halftime…if the Titans want to ensure a victory, just throw to Taylor’s side (he’ll either commit PI or fail to prevent the reception). Ike will get them downfield faster than the Titans themselves ever could. Sorry, it’s true. And, as loathe as I am to say it, Warren Sapp was 1-year too early with his criticisms about the Defense being old and slow because that’s what I see from the veteran players through 5 games this year. No speed, no strenght, no passion, no nothing! As for the O-Line, I think they’re out of shape and unprepared. The number of injuries is out of control…it makes no sense. What makes me even more upset is that Ben’s ability will be wasted as the Steelers spend ‘years’ acquiring newer/better talent to fix these issues. It’s hard to believe any of these problems can be adjusted for in 10-days let alone 10-months. The coaching staff has shown little ability to adjust thier game plan. I don’t know if the Coaches/GM are ultimately to blame or not but results like these almost demand someone be let go. Awful, just awful.

    • Kimmy

      I’d say the problem with the defense starts up front. Between Hampton, Hood, and Keisel they haven’t done anything but disappoint so far this season. Hood specifically, being that he’s a former first round draft pick. If they created more pressure on the quarterback, the secondary wouldn’t keep getting exposed. No one so far is stepping up to lead the defense, I thought it was overstated that we’d have a lack of leadership on the field this season but I think it’s a real problem.

      • Todd Williams

        The front four are putting zero pressure on the QB…and they’re basically acting as pylons for the opposing running attack. I don’t know what’s going on with Ike, but his terrible performance cost us bigtime last night. Our O-line, which was starting out pretty solid this season, is in tatters…Mike Wallace is dropping balls…our predictable blitzes are getting stuffed (I must have seen the identical blitz run 6 plays in a row last night)…

        I don’t want to leave out Emmanuel Sanders, who has been a real standout in clutch situations. With Big Ben playing well, and an improvement with playcalling over BA, as well as getting Heath Miller involved, we at least have a shot at being 9-7. But I’m not hoping for anything better at this point. Negative Nancy out.

  • joe

    This is an 8-8 team..schedule, injuries, coaching, etc, etc. But old, I am not sold on..the young guys are NOT stepping up when called upon. Lewis, dropped a sure INT in his hands on that last TD drive to tie the game. Hood, nothing, Mundy, nothing…Hayward, NEVER in the line up, how can he contribute?? Mclendon needs more time on the field..

  • Jim Vereb

    Breaking News: Steelers Ike Taylor gets game ball! From the Titans

  • Jimbo

    Troys gotta go along with Harrison and entire d line don’t get me started on the secondary it’s time to rebuild and dump all these enormous salaries that are strangling the team better now than later it’s only going to get worse they’ve put it off long enough time to actually do what they been thinking of doing for at least the last 18 months put aside you’re personal feelings and do what’s best for the future come on man Troy making over 10 mill a year for him playing 8 to 10 games the past two years enough is enough thanks for you’re service and show him and others the door enough said