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Steelers notebook after the Titans victory

Thoughts from Week 1's 13-10 win over the Tennessee Titans:
  • The Steelers running game was atrocious. I won't go into much detail, but Gene Collier sums it up nicely.
  • Watching Rashard Mendenhall run, there seems to be a disturbing trend; he turns his back to the defense way too much.
  • If Troy Polamalu is out the 3 to 6 weeks, it won't be a loss that derails any thoughts of a Super Bowl championship.
  • Polamalu was a beast in the first half. It's a shame he didn't get to play a full game. He seemed poised for a monster year.
  • Did you get to see America's Game on NFL Network? The Pittsburgh Steelers' season was featured the other night. It was worth watching.
  • My favorite quote from Thursday's win came from James Harrison, talking to Sirius Radio about his thoughts after the Steelers won the coin toss to start overtime: "I took off my tape." Meaning he knew the game was over.
  • Why did the Titans drop men into coverage late into the game? It gave Ben Roethlisberger too much time to pick apart the defense, not that I didn't mind the outcome.
  • Don't expect much from the running game against the Bears, either.
  • It was interesting to see Mewelde Moore getting the rock when it counted. It looks like Mike Tomlin could go with the hot hand at running back.
  • It's too hard to judge if Willie Parker has lost a step, just lost it or is the same running back from a couple seasons ago. When you're swamped by 300-pound linemen as soon as you touch the ball, it's not all your fault.

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