Titans Can’t Stop Bell, Steelers In Falling 27-24 to Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Steelers v Tennessee Titans

During the course of a season that has seen the Titans win just two of 10 games, there has been plenty of ‘what if’ moments, and Monday night in their latest loss, a 27-24 loss to Pittsburgh, there was a number of those key moments.

The club had an 11-point lead late in the third quarter, yet couldn’t keep the heat on Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger, and also couldn’t slow down running back Le’Veon Bell, who ran all over the Titans for 204 yards on 33 carries, 6.2 yards per carry.

While the defense couldn’t put the clamps on the Steelers after going up 11, the offense basically shut down, running just seven plays the entire fourth quarter, gaining just 20 yards and one first down.

The defense got to Roethlisberger five times, but getting to him in the final 18 minutes was tough, as he was 6-for-9 for 67 yards in the two touchdown drives and final drive in which they ran the clock out.

Bell dominated the Titans, running up the middle just about the whole night, gashing Tennessee for 7, 8, 9 yards at a time.

In that final drive the Steelers, up three points, ran out the final 6:58 with Bell going through gaping holes helped out by an offensive line coached by former Titans coach Mike Munchak.

Zach Mettenberger was 15-for-24 for 263 yards with two touchdowns and a pick, the interception on his first pass of the game, a pick six by Steelers CB William Gay.

The Titans though down early 10-0 rallied for a touchdown on a nifty drive capped by a run by Bishop Sankey from 9 yards out as he broke at least four tackles.

Down 13-10, the Titans turned the game in their favor as Jason McCourty picked off Roethlisberger in the end zone with less than a minute left in the half.

Instead of going in the locker room down 13-10, the Titans went for the kill, and rookie Mettenberger found former Steeler Nate Washington for an 80-yard touchdown after he pulled a double move on Gay.

The turnaround made it 17-13 Titans, and they built the lead to 24-13 in the third quarter after they drove 77 yards, the final four coming on a Mettenberger to tight end Chase Coffman score.

While it looked like things were well in order for the Titans, they couldn’t hold the lead, as the Steelers rallied for two touchdowns in the final quarter to take home the win.

The final score for the Steelers came when Roethlisberger drove the team 65 yards and hit Antonio Brown for a 12-yards TD with 9:07 to play.

By then, the Titans offense was in stall mode, and their final drive ended on the Steelers 48 after Mettenberger hit Derek Hagan for 5 yards, but it was 3 yards short of a first down.

With one time out and still nearly 7 minutes left, Ken Whisenhunt punted, which was the right move, but it backfired as the Steelers moved their way down the field with Bell punching out yards to save their lead and put the game away.

Now at 2-8, the Titans have lost four straight, and will play at the Eagles in Philadelphia Sunday.

Steelers vs Titans NFL Week 11 Inactives

Buffalo Bills v Pittsburgh Steelers

Titans: TE Delanie Walker,QB Charlie Whitehurst, WR Kris Durham, RB Antonio Andrews, CB Brandon Harris, T Will Svitek, and DL DaQuan Jones

Steelers: S Troy Polamalu, LB Ryan Shazier, CB Ike Taylor, DL Steve McLendon, and S Shamarko Thomas

Titans at Ravens Friday Injury Report

TENNESSEE TITANS
Status Report
QUESTIONABLE DT Sammie Lee Hill (hamstring), WR Nate Washington (shoulder)
PROBABLE CB Coty Sensabaugh (knee)
Practice Report
OUT (DEFINITELY WILL NOT PLAY)
Wednesday TE Taylor Thompson (knee)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday WR Nate Washington (shoulder)
Thursday DT Sammie Lee Hill (hamstring), WR Nate Washington (shoulder)
Friday DT Sammie Lee Hill (hamstring)
FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday CB Coty Sensabaugh (knee)
Thursday CB Coty Sensabaugh (knee)
Friday CB Coty Sensabaugh (knee), WR Nate Washington (shoulder)
BALTIMORE RAVENS
Status Report
OUT WR Michael Campanaro (thigh), T Jah Reid (hand), CB Jimmy Smith (foot)
PROBABLE TE Owen Daniels (not injury related), LB Daryl Smith (not injury related), WR Steve Smith (not injury related), G Marshal Yanda (knee), C Jeremy Zuttah (ankle)
Practice Report
OUT (DEFINITELY WILL NOT PLAY)
Thursday CB Jimmy Smith (foot)
Friday T Jah Reid (head), CB Jimmy Smith (foot)
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday WR Michael Campanaro (thigh), CB Jimmy Smith (foot), G Marshal Yanda (knee), C Jeremy Zuttah (ankle)
Thursday WR Michael Campanaro (thigh), TE Owen Daniels (not injury related), LB Daryl Smith (not injury related), WR Steve Smith (not injury related)
Friday WR Michael Campanaro (thigh)
FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Thursday G Marshal Yanda (knee), C Jeremy Zuttah (ankle)
Friday TE Owen Daniels (not injury related), LB Daryl Smith (not injury related), WR Steve Smith (not injury related), G Marshal Yanda (knee), C Jeremy Zuttah (ankle)

Texans at Titans Thursday Injury Report

HOUSTON TEXANS
Practice Report
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday LB Brian Cushing (knee), CB Johnathan Joseph (knee), CB Darryl Morris (ankle), LB Brooks Reed (groin), LB John Simon (ankle), LB Jeff Tarpinian (knee)
Thursday LB Brian Cushing (knee), CB Darryl Morris (ankle), LB Brooks Reed (groin), LB John Simon (ankle), LB Jeff Tarpinian (knee)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday LB Jadeveon Clowney (knee), RB Arian Foster (not injury related), WR Andre Johnson (ankle), LB Mike Mohamed (calf)
Thursday LB Jadeveon Clowney (knee), WR Andre Johnson (ankle), CB Johnathan Joseph (knee)
FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday LB Akeem Dent (wrist), DE Tim Jamison (groin), DT Jerrell Powe (shoulder)
Thursday LB Akeem Dent (wrist), DE Tim Jamison (groin), LB Mike Mohamed (calf), DT Jerrell Powe (shoulder)
TENNESSEE TITANS
Practice Report
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday LB Quentin Groves (ankle), CB Coty Sensabaugh (knee)
Thursday LB Quentin Groves (ankle), CB Coty Sensabaugh (knee)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday RB Shonn Greene (hamstring), QB Jake Locker (right hand), DE Ropati Pitoitua (hand), TE Taylor Thompson (knee)
Thursday RB Shonn Greene (hamstring), QB Jake Locker (right hand), DE Ropati Pitoitua (hand), TE Taylor Thompson (knee)

 

Jaguars at Titans Wednesday Injury Report

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

Practice Report

DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE

Wednesday

WR Cecil Shorts (hamstring)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday

DE Ryan Davis (shoulder), WR Marqise Lee (hamstring), LB Paul Posluszny (knee), LB Dekoda Watson (shoulder)

FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday

RB Toby Gerhart (foot), CB Dwayne Gratz (concussion), TE Clay Harbor (back), WR Allen Hurns (foot), RB Storm Johnson (ankle), DT Roy Miller (ankle)

TENNESSEE TITANS

Practice Report

OUT (DEFINITELY WILL NOT PLAY)

Wednesday

S Bernard Pollard (achilles)

DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE

Wednesday

DT Jurrell Casey (not injury related), QB Jake Locker (right hand), T Michael Roos (knee), CB Coty Sensabaugh (knee), TE Craig Stevens (thigh)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday

RB Shonn Greene (hamstring), TE Taylor Thompson (knee)

FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday

TE Delanie Walker (shoulder), CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson (concussion)

Poll: AFC South Week Six Battle – Who Wins the Jags or Titans?

Tennessee Titans v Jacksonville Jaguars


Jaguars vs Titans NFL Week Six Capsule

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (0-5) AT TENNESSEE TITANS (1-4)

SERIES

JAGUARS TITANS
SERIES LEADER   21-17
STREAKS   3 of past 5
COACHES VS. OPP. Bradley: 1-1 Whisenhunt: 1-0
LAST WEEK L 17-9 vs. Steelers L 29-28 vs. Browns
LAST GAME 12/22/13: Titans 20 at Jaguars 16. Tennessee WR Nate Washington catches 6 passes for 117 yards, including 30-yard TD. Titans RB Shonn Green records 91 rushing yards & TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/10/13: Jaguars 29, Titans 27. Jacksonville RBs Maurice Jones-Drew & Jordan Todman each score rushing TDs. Jaguars CB Will Blackmon returns fumble 21 yards for TD.
BROADCAST CBS (12:00 PM CT): Andrew Catalon, Steve Tasker, Steve Beuerlein (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 91 (Jax.), 137 (Ten.). XM: 231 (Ten.).

STATS

PASSING Bortles (R): 65-97-668-3-6-71.2 Locker: 65-112-764-4-4-75.9 OR

Whitehurst: 25-44-371-3-1-97.8

RUSHING Gerhart: 48-123-2.6-1 Greene: 44-190-4.3-1
RECEIVING A. Robinson (R): 22-243-11.0-0 Walker (TE): 26-364-14.0-3
OFFENSE 272.2 343.2
TAKE/GIVE -6 0
DEFENSE 435.4 374.2
SACKS Branch: 3 Casey: 2
INTs Ball: 1 Griffin, McCourty: 2 (T1C)
PUNTING Anger: 47.3 Kern: 44.9
KICKING Scobee: 25 (7/7 PAT; 6/8 FG) Succop: 28 (10/10 PAT; 6/8 FG)

NOTES

JAGUARS: In only career road start (vs. SD in Week 4), rookie QB BLAKE BORTLES (No. 3 overall) completed 29 of 37 passes (78.4 pct.) for 254 yards with 1 TD for 81.6 rating. Has 68 rush yards on 11 att. (6.2 avg.)…In only meeting (10/7/12 with Min.), RB TOBY GERHART rushed for 41 yards on 6 att. (6.8 avg.)…Jags are only NFL team this season with 2 rookies with 200+ receiving yards each (WRs ALLEN HURNS & ALLEN ROBINSON). Robinson led team in catches (5) & rec. yards (51) vs. Pit. Aims for 5th in row with 4+ catches. Hurns has 3 TD catches, tied for most among NFL rookies. WR CECIL SHORTS III has TD catch in 3 of past 4…Defense has 16 sacks, 3rd most in NFL…LB PAUL POSLUSZNY leads AFC with 53 tackles, including team-high 12 tackles & sack last week. DT ABRY JONES had career-high 2 sacks & FF vs. Pit. Had 1st career half sack in last meeting. DE ANDRE BRANCH has 2 sacks in past 3 on road. In past 11 on road, DE CHRIS CLEMONS has 7.5 sacks & 3 FF…TITANS: QB JAKE LOCKER had rush TD & pass TD last week. QB CHARLIE WHITEHURST set career-highs in pass yards (194), TDs (2) & rating (123.9) vs. Cle…RB SHONN GREENE has rush TD in 3 of past 4 games vs. Jax. Has 3,908 career rush yards & needs 92 to reach 4,000 career…Last week, WR KENDALL WRIGHT had 6 catches for 47 yards & 2 TDs & added 43 rush yards on 2 att. (21.5 avg.). Has 3+ catches in 19 of past 20 overall. WR NATE WASHINGTON had 4 catches for 57 yards last week. Since joining Titans in 2009, leads team in rec. (277), rec. yards (4,081) & TD catches (26). TE DELANIE WALKER leads AFC TEs in catches (26) & rec. yards (364)…S MICHAEL GRIFFIN leads team with 37 tackles. LB KAMERION WIMBLEY has 4 sacks in past 5 vs. Jax. LB DERRICK MORGAN has 4 sacks in past 3 vs. Jax. S GEORGE WILSON had INT in last meeting. Since 2007, S BERNARD POLLARD is 1 of 4 NFL players with 12+ INTs (12) & 10+ sacks (10.5).

NFL Week Six Monday Lines – Titans Home Favorites Vs Jaguars

Cleveland Browns v Pittsburgh Steelers

Date & Time Favorite Line Underdog Total
10/9 8:25 ET Indianapolis -2.5 At Houston 45.5
10/12 1:00 ET Denver -7.5 At NY Jets 46.5
10/12 1:00 ET At Cleveland -2 Pittsburgh 46.5
10/12 1:00 ET At Tennessee -6 Jacksonville
10/12 4:25 ET At Atlanta -3 Chicago 53.5
10/12 1:00 ET Green Bay -3.5 At Miami 48.5
10/12 1:00 ET Detroit -3 At Minnesota
10/12 1:00 ET At Cincinnati -6.5 Carolina Off
10/12 1:00 ET New England -3 At Buffalo Off
10/12 1:00 ET Baltimore -3 At Tampa Bay 43
10/12 4:05 ET San Diego -7 At Oakland 43
10/12 4:25 ET At Seattle -8.5 Dallas Off
10/12 4:25 ET At Arizona -3 Washington Off
10/12 8:30 ET At Philadelphia -2.5 NY Giants 50

Monday Night Football Line

10/13 8:30 ET San Francisco -3.5 At St. Louis 43.5