They were proclaimed the best in the AFC, that was, until the Steelers beat the Ravens. Once that happened, those in the media jumped the bandwagon and started in on how the Steelers were the team to beat. Instead of ranting to the media about how they got no respect, they seemed to shrug their shoulders and went into Sunday with an attitude of..."we'll show you".
Of course, all the props went to the Titans defense before the game and with Haynesworth and Vanden Bosch being out, people were proclaiming an easy win for the Steelers offense, an offense that had trouble against tough defenses all season. That defense wasn't so tough without their two star players. Jeff Fisher made sure to prove otherwise.
Steelers went into Tennessee, another team that had the Steelers numbers and well, was handed their butts. The star that day wouldn't be a big named linebacker, but a rookie named Jason Jones. Jones, with his 3.5 sacks would make a veteran quarterback, one who had come back from behind to win games against the Cowboys and the Ravens, look like, well, a rookie.
Not only did the Titans defense make hash of an ineffective oline and stuff the running game, but the offense set out to prove it was better then people were saying they were. They didn't abandon the run and when Collins was able to open it up, forced the Steelers to back up and played balanced enough to take the win, and they took advantage of the turnovers. 29 pass plays to 31 running plays is pretty balanced, wouldn't you say. It's not a secret, the offense that can stay balanced tends to win. They made a huge statement yesterday, they did something the so called better offenses couldn't do, put up 300 yards on the top ranked defense in the league.
Titans were out to prove a point, along with sewing up HFA for the playoffs. They showed why they remained the top team in the AFC and in the NFL this Sunday.