Titans looking for positives in a tough season
By Alan Robinson
Published: Wednesday, October 10, 2012, 11:18 p.m.
Updated: Monday, October 15, 2012
In Nashville, they're not questioning whether the Titans (1-4) will rally and make the playoffs. Rather, the talk is whether they're the NFL's worst team.
The Titans didn't envision anything like this when they were one of the frontrunners in the Peyton Manning sweepstakes. Their four losses are by 21, 28, 24 and 23 points, and they're the first team since 1954 to give up at least 30 points in each of its first five games. Despite having star running back Chris Johnson, they've yet to score a rushing touchdown. And they're allowing 423.8 yards per game compared to the Steelers' 280.
With all of those negatives, it's hard to find much positive in what is becoming a lost season.
“It's been pretty tough,” said Nate Washington, the former Steeler who is Tennessee's leading receiver.
With Troy Polamalu (calf) and LaMarr Woodley (hamstring) hurting, the Steelers will have played only two of their past 17 games with defensive playmakers Polamalu, Woodley and James Harrison together — and on Sunday neither Polamalu nor Woodley lasted the entire game. It's enough to test even the most patient of defensive coordinators.
“(The injuries) seem to be hitting us in those particular three guys, who last time I looked aren't too bad of defenders,” Dick LeBeau said.
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