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ReFocused, NFL Preseason Week 3: Pittsburgh Steelers 16, Tennessee Titans 6

Aug 25, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) passes against the Tennessee Titans during the first quarter at Heinz Field.
PFF’s ReFocused series this season features immediate takeaways and a key to the victory from two Senior Analysts who graded the performance, watching every player, on every play of the game.
Pittsburgh Steelers 16, Tennessee Titans 6 Analyst Takeaways 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.
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.
The Steelers carved up the Titans’ coverage unit with underneath routes, utilizing routes out of the backfield and crossers to move the chains.
Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger utilized running back James Conner out of the backfield and wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster on crossing routes to move the ball down the field.
In the third quarter, rookie quarterback Mason Rudolph and company were able to move the ball down the field effectively, but lack of discipline kept them out of the end zone, as a holding penalty nullified a touchdown.
He racked up a big tackle for loss against the run, where Tennessee was stagnant and earned a sack on his last play.
Pittsburgh: While Tennessee’s first-team offense was lackluster, the Steelers’ starting offense made the most of their action, carving up the Titans defense and putting points on the board.

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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

The Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Tennessee Titans on Saturday evening, 16-6 continuing the third full week of preseason action in the NFL.

PFF’s ReFocused series this season features immediate takeaways and a key to the victory from two Senior Analysts who graded the performance, watching every player, on every play of the game. For more data and analysis from the game, utilize our Premium Stats 2.0 dashboard to expand your knowledge on the key players, signature stats and much more.

FINAL SCORE

Pittsburgh Steelers 16, Tennessee Titans 6

Analyst Takeaways

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…

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