Stifling Defense Key for Tennessee Titans in Week 1 Win

By Michael Terrill
Stifling Defense Key for Tennessee Titans in Week 1 Win
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No one gave the Tennessee Titans the light of day this summer. The team is not expected to accomplish anything great in 2013, especially being in a division that saw two teams reach the postseason last year. With that being said, the new look defense was key in the team’s Week 1 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers. It is that type of stifling defense that will get the Titans noticed throughout the league.

“We are not the Titans of old,” defensive end Derrick Morgan said, according to USA Today Sports. “We know we don’t have much of an identity to the rest of the league, and to the outside looking in. But we know who we are, and we have to keep building that identity. It started here today.”

Not many people expected to see Tennessee defeat Pittsburgh on Sunday afternoon, but that is exactly what happened. The defense proved to be too much for Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers’ offense. Roethlisberger tossed one interception and was sacked five times while the Titans held him to just 191 passing yards.

“You could see it in Ben’s eyes — he wanted to get back to that locker room pretty quick,” defensive tackle Jurrell Casey said, according to USA Today Sports. “As long as we keep getting to quarterbacks, it’s going to be like that all year.”

There is no question Tennessee’s defense was the reason why the team was able to win the game as the offense was rather nonexistent. Whether it was getting after Roethlisberger or recovering a costly Isaac Redman fumble, the defenders were flying all over the field making things happen. It will be interesting to see if the defense will be able to bring the same type of pressure every week going forward.

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