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AFC North Week in Review: Pittsburgh Steelers Rebound in a Big Way

October 11th, 2011 at 11:32 AM
By Chuck Chapman

The reports of the Pittsburgh Steelers' demise have been greatly exaggerated. The Steelers got back to their roots on Sunday, bludgeoning the Tennessee Titans 38-17 in the only other AFC North action this weekend. Both Baltimore and Cleveland had the week off.

Pittsburgh allowed an opening field goal from Tennessee and then proceeded to score 28 unanswered points. The Steelers' defense bottled up Titans' running back Chris Johnson, holding him to just 51 yards on 14 carries. Coming into the game, the Steelers' run defense had been giving up yardage in large chunks on the ground. Even with James Harrison out with an injury, they came up big against the Titans.

Playing without Rashard Mendenhall, Pittsburgh utilized Isaac Redman and and Jonathan Dwyer who combined for a 174 yards and a 6.2 yards per carry average. Both Mendenhall and the Pittsburgh offensive line had been criticized as the Steelers had struggled to establish a consistent run game. The line also kept Ben Roethlisberger clean, allowing just one sack. Despite playing with an injured foot, Big Ben tossed five touchdown passes in the win.

Pittsburgh will stay at home and take on the Jacksonville Jaguars this week as they complete a four game stretch against AFC South opponents. Cleveland will travel to Oakland and Baltimore will host the Houston Texans in other divisional action. 

Tags: Cincinnati, Cincinnati Bengals, Football, NFL, Pittsburgh Steelers

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