Titans Big Job To Climb Out Of Cellar

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If Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin was given a free choice of any side to play to help his 2-2 team get some momentum this season, chances are he’d choose Friday morning’s (AEST) opponents the Tennessee Titans .

Mike Munchak’s outfit has been nothing short of woeful this season. Their sole win came in a 44-41 victory over the almost-as-bad Detroit Lions, in a game where playing defence was optional in the final quarter as the teams tallied 46 points between them. The Cleveland Browns have lost all five games this season, and their points differential is -39; the Titans is -93. Tennessee has scored 10 touchdowns, but five of those came in the win over the Lions.  It doesn’t say much for their offence in the four losses, where the margin has been an average of 24 points.

Things aren’t getting any better for the Titans with quarterback Jake Locker missing for the second straight week with a shoulder injury, leaving Matt Hasselbeck with the starting job. Hasselbeck finished with 200 yards and 1TD last week in the 30-7 loss to the Vikings, but most of those yards came when Minnesota had the game well in hand. Running back Chris Johnson continues to disappoint, rushing for just 24 yards on 15 carries.

The Steelers have injury concerns of their own, with safety Troy Polamalu re-injuring his calf in the first quarter of Pittsburgh’s last-second win over Philadelphia. There were promising signs from a player coming back from injury, though, with running back Rashard Mendenhall rushing for 81 yards and a touchdown in his first game of the season. 

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