Steeler Nation , the Steelers kicked off the 2013 season Sunday taking on the Tennessee Titans at Heinz Field and losing 16 -9 in the season opener. Injuries and a stagnant offense was a huge part of the loss
. Lets take a look at the Good, the Bad and the Ugly of the game.
Once again there was not much good that could be found in this game which may go down as one of the most disappointing home openers in the last decade. However, you have to be pleased with the play of safety Troy Polamalu. Polamalu had 6 tackles and looked like his old self timing the snap and showing he still has a lot of quickness left. The Steelers will need more big plays from Polamalu if they are to turn around this season.
The defensive line also played good as a whole . DE Brett Keisel , NT Steve McLendon and DE Ziggy Hood all had pretty good play as the Steeler’s defense held Titan RB Chris Johnson to 70 yards on 25 carries for a 2.8 yard average. The Steelers also held the Titans to a 2.6 yard average rushing as a team.
The Bad :
Where to start with the Bad? Let’s start with that stagnant offense. The Steelers offense had a total net yards of 195 for the game and ran for a pitiful 32 total rushing yards averaging only 2.1 yards a carry and just 3.6 an average offensive play. The Steelers failed to get any first downs by running the ball. Isaac Redman started the game and was real bad, fumbling away a potential score and carrying the ball 8 times for 9 total yards and a 1.1 yard average per carry.
The offensive line gave up 5 sacks and didn’t provide QB Ben Roethlisberger with much of a pocket all game long. The Steelers lost the battle of the trenches most of the day.
The Steelers team as a whole was bad and this includes the coaching. The offensive play calling was questionable at best.
The Ugly :
This was a very ugly way for the Steelers to begin the season. The injuries may be the ugliest thing to come out of this game.Center Maurkice Pouncey (knee), LB Larry Foote(bicep injury),and RB LaRod Stephens-Howling(knee) are all done for the season and placed on Injured Reserve. Kicker Shaun Suisham is expected to miss time after injuring his hamstring in warm-ups. Starting CB Cortez Allen hurt his ankle and could not finish the game. The Steelers began the season thin at a few positions and all these major injuries could make this a very ugly situation.