NFL Kickoff Tonight: Go Steelers!

Posted in Pittsburgh Pride by Sarah on September 10, 2009

Break out those Terrible Towels!

r_heinzfieldatnightThe Pittsburgh Steelers kick off another great season at HEINZ FIELD at 8:30 pm ET (5:30 pm Pacific) against the Tennessee Titans!

What the Steelers will do: The Titans play a soft, two-deep zone which should allow QB Ben Roethlisberger, who passed for 329 yards and two touchdowns in a meeting Dec. 21 in Nashville, to make plays down the field. But the Titans also had three of their secondary members make the Pro Bowl — CB Cortland Finnegan, S Michael Griffin and S Chris Hope — because they make plays on the ball and intercept passes. Griffin intercepted Roethlisberger twice last year, returning one for an 83-yard touchdown.

To win, the Steelers must …

1. Harry Kerry. Get pressure on Collins and not give him time in the pocket, which is what happened last year when he had the only 100-plus passer rating against them (102.1).

2. Smash Dash. That is the nickname for Johnson, who hurt the Steelers with 69 yards rushing, including a 21-yard touchdown run.

3. Don’t give them Hope. The former Steelers safety is one of three Pro Bowlers in the secondary who combined for 16 interceptions.


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