Aug 25, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) passes against the Tennessee Titans during the first quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
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Pittsburgh Steelers 16, Tennessee Titans 6
Quarterback Marcus Mariota one-hopped a big play opportunity on a wide-open target that forced a punt instead of the potential opening score. This was largely how the day went for the fourth-year quarterback, as missed opportunities kept the starting offense off the score sheet. Mariota capped his day with a forced throw that was intercepted.
There was not a lot of positive for the Tennessee offense, but tight end Anthony Firkser had a couple of nice seam route catches in the soft spot between the Cover-3 shell of Pittsburgh’s defense. One of those catches came in the third quarter and…