One of many complains about the Pittsburgh Steelers offense has been their insanely slows starts and lack of efficiency in the first quarter of games. On Thursday night against the Tennessee Titans, the unit struck gold on their opening drive which was certainly a sight for sore eyes. The team hadn’t had an opening drive touchdown all season long but on this night, at home and in prime time, the Steelers drove right down the field in a methodical manner.
Steelers Now analyst Derrick Bell broke down what led to their success to open the game. It was a combination of the run and passing games working in unison, with solid execution all around. It is notable that this was offensive coordinator Matt Canada’s first time calling the offense at field level. How much, if any, of a difference did that make? It’s hard to say but this was defintely one of, if not the best, games that he has called while in Pittsburgh.
The Steelers now enter a mini-bye week at 5-3 and in control of a wild card spot in a hotly-contested AFC playoff picture. In order for them to rise from playoff contender to championship contender, they need more consistency throughout four quarters from their offense.
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