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My Scouting Notebook is always chock-full the first Sunday night of the NFL season. So let's get right into it, starting with Thursday night, which now seems like a couple of weeks ago.
The Steelers did straighten out their pass protection in the second half. But if Ben Roethlisberger(notes) keeps getting hit on about eight percent of drop backs like last year, he's going to be dumped 45-to-50 times. That weak Pittsburgh running game will force lots of passing.
Don't be afraid of the Steelers pass defense as long as Troy Polamalu(notes) (knee) is out. Polamalu has such tremendous range and is such a unique, irreplaceable player that this unit gets a downgrade from great to merely good – and good pass defenses often get torn apart by hot QBs.
Chris Johnson getting stuffed or tackled for losses so often hurts the Titans. Those kill drives when your passing game is ordinary. But let me stress again that wide receiverRead More »from Scouting Notebook: Jets set with Sanchez