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5 Keys to Victory for Steelers against Titans



Matchup: Pittsburgh Steelers (5-0) +1.5 @ Tennessee Titans (5-0)


Time and place: 1 p.m. at Nissan Stadium


Tidbit: The Titans have scored 30 points or more in each of their last four games. The Steelers have scored 30+ in their last two.


KEY #1: Gang tackle


It's no secret that the most imposing challenge the Steelers will face on Sunday will be to slow down Derrick Henry, who amassed 264 yards of total offense in Tennessee's Week 6 game against the Texans. Pittsburgh will be without stud middle linebacker Devin Bush and often deploy two undersized defensive backs in Joe Haden and Mike Hilton, so it will surely take a team effort to bring him down.


Although he'd eventually go viral for getting rag-dolled by Henry later in the game, this was a good rep from Bills corner Josh Norman, who forces Henry to break down and work for to get to the next level as his teammates rally to the ball. The Steelers will need to gang tackle in a similar fashion in order to avoid a long afternoon chasing Henry.

KEY #2: Re-establish Diontae Johnson

With the recent emergence of Chase Claypool in Johnson's absence, it's easy to forget that Johnson actually led the Steelers in targets by a healthy margin before getting sidelined with a back injury. Johnson is a twitchy athlete and presents a unique threat to complement Claypool's raw size and athleticism, as well as JuJu Smith-Schuster's abilities from the slot.


Much like Claypool, it doesn't take much to get Johnso