Halftime thoughts from Titans' perspective
September, 10, 2009
By Paul Kuharsky | ESPN.com
Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky
PITTSBURGH -- A few quick thoughts at the half of what’s been a great 7-7 game.
- After both teams struggled to find the end zone, both got looser in 2-minute scenarios. Tennessee safety Chris Hope bit on two Ben Roethlisberger pump fakes as the Steelers hit two big passes. Then Pittsburgh safety Ryan Clark got a bit lost on two big pass plays from Kerry Collins.
- If Troy Polamalu (left knee) and LaMarr Woodley (cramp) don’t come back, obviously that’s a big edge for the Titans. Woodley was classified as probable, Polamalu is now officially out. Both players were out on the Titans’ touchdown drive.
- Kenny Britt got the big gainer of the half, a 57-yard reception where he was wide open on the Titans’ scoring drive. But he had Polamalu take a ball away with an impressive one-handed interception when he thought the pass was getting through and could have broken it up if he had a better sense of things. Later, he failed to come hard out of a break, allowing Ike Taylor to break up the pass.
- I didn’t see if anything led to what looked like a Rob Bironas shank wide right from 37 yards, or who broke down along the line if he wasn’t at fault on the Aaron Smith block of a 31-yarder. But this isn’t the kind of game where anyone can easily make up for six lost points.