- Paul Kuharsky, ESPN Staff Writer
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Today's question: Dick LeBeau is now running the Tennessee Titans defense, which will be in its second year of the 3-4. How has your team's offense done against Pittsburgh in recent years?
Tania Ganguli, Houston Texans: It's tough to draw the conclusion you're asking for here. The Texans played the Steelers last season and lost 30-23 in a Monday night game in Pittsburgh. Their offense was decent, except for in the final minute and a half of the first half in which running back Arian Foster and quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick both committed turnovers that led to touchdowns almost immediately. Those turnovers contributed to the Texans giving up 24 points in the second quarter against the Steelers. The problem is, that was still in the early phase of this new Texans regime and at the time they were in the process of their transition. Furthermore, the Texans will have a completely new quarterback this season, which will have a subtle but significant impact on their offense.
Mike Wells, Indianapolis Colts: The Colts and Steelers have only met once since Andrew Luck was drafted in 2012, and that was last season. Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was the star of that game, throwing for 522 yards and six touchdowns. As far Pittsburgh's defense goes, Luck threw for 385 yards largely because Indianapolis was playing catch up after falling behind by 25 points in the first half. The Steelers sacked Luck twice and also picked him off twice. I recall several Colts telling me afterward how the Steelers were disguising a lot of their coverages during the game. The Steelers weren't a great defensively last season -- 18th in the league -- and now LeBeau's challenge will be even tougher with the Titans because they finished 27th in the league last season. Tennessee did sign linebacker Brian Orakpo, safety Da'Norris Searcy and cornerback Perrish Cox in the offseason to help its defense.
Mike DiRocco, Jacksonville Jaguars: The Jaguars have faced the Steelers just twice since 2008 and scored a total of 22 points in both games. Both games were close, however, despite the fact that the Jaguars were limited offensively. The Jaguars managed just 209 yards, which included 96 rushing by Maurice Jones-Drew, in a 17-13 loss in 2011. Quarterback Blaine Gabbert was sacked five times and completed less than 50 percent of his passes in that game. The Steelers won last year's meeting 17-9 in what was quarterback Blake Bortles' second career start. Bortles completed 22 of 36 passes for 191 yards but also threw two interceptions, including one that was returned for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter.