Instant Reaction: Pittsburgh Steelers Just Aren’t That Good

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As some predicted heading into the season, the Pittsburgh Steelers are a far cry from the elite teams we saw Mike Tomlin field just a couple years ago. Their 16-9 loss to the Tennessee Titans is a prime example of this. Pittsburgh’s stable of running backs combined for just 28 yards on 14 attempts.

Ben Roethlisberger was under pressure by what was a lackluster Titan’s defense last season. The Super Bowl-winning quarterback was sacked five times and hit a total of six times. He completed 21-of-33 passes for less than 200 yards with one touchdown and one interception in a pedestrian performance.

While the Steelers defense held up well against Tennessee’s offense, their offense just couldn’t get it going.

Losing to a team that many believe will finish below .500 isn’t the end of the world for Pittsburgh. Losing its season opener a year after missing the postseason is the bigger issue here. With the Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals seemingly vastly improved and the defending champion Baltimore Ravens in the division, there are some who believe Mike Tomlin and Co. could end the season in the cellar.

Putting up nine points against one of the worst defenses in the NFL will not quiet these thoughts.