Countdown to 2020: The Titans

Date: Oct. 4

Time: 1 p.m.

Venue: Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tenn.

All-Time Regular-Season Series: Steelers lead, 41-31. The Steelers also lead the all-time postseason series, 3-1.


Last Meeting: QB Ben Roethlisberger threw four touchdown passes, including three to WR Antonio Brown, and the Steelers broke open a tight game in the second half and won, 41-17, on Nov. 16, 2017 at Heinz Field. Titans QB Marcus Mariota threw for 306 yards but was intercepted four times and sacked five times. Tennessee managed 52 rushing yards on 21 attempts, including 32 on seven carries by RB Derrick Henry.

Game action photos from the Pittsburgh Steelers' Week 11 game against the Tennessee Titans

Last Season: The Titans went 9-7 and finished second in the AFC South. Tennessee ranked 12th in total offense (third rushing, 21st passing) and 21st in total defense (12th rushing, 24th passing). The Titans won at New England (20-13) and at Baltimore (28-12) in the postseason before dropping the AFC Championship Game at Kansas City (35-24).

Since Then: The Titans signed QB Ryan Tannehill to a four-year contract extension. Two starters departed in unrestricted free agency, OT Jack Conklin (Cleveland) and CB Logan Ryan (unsigned). Conklin is a former first-team All-Pro (in 2016) and Ryan had four interceptions, four forced fumbles and four-and-a-half sacks in 2019. Tennessee signed CB Jonathan Joseph (Houston) and drafted Georgia OT Isaiah Wilson (29th overall).

1,540 yards & 16 TDs on 303 rushing attempts Titans RB Derrick Henry in 2019

Headliners: Tannehill went 7-3 as a starter in the regular season and led the NFL in passer rating at 117.5 (he was No. 28 in completions and No. 29 in attempts). Henry led the NFL with 1,540 rushing yards, averaged 5.1 yards per carry and scored 16 rushing touchdowns. And the Titans' offense led the NFL by scoring touchdowns on 75.6 percent of its possessions in the red zone (34 of 45). Tennessee's defense allowed opponents to cross the goal line on 68.1 percent of their red zone possessions (32 of 47; only Houston was worse at 71.4 percent).


Stat That Matters: Henry rushed for a combined 1,337 yards and averaged 6.02 yards per carry over his last nine games (the final six in the regular season and three in the playoffs). He amassed at least 100 yards on the ground seven times in that nine-game stretch after having done so just once in his first nine games.

Memorable Meeting: RB Merril Hoge carried 17 times for 100 yards, including the game-tying touchdown with 46 seconds left in the fourth quarter, CB Rod Woodson forced a fumble by RB Lorenzo White in overtime, and K Gary Anderson's 50-yard field goal won it for the Steelers, 26-23, in an AFC Wild Card showdown on Dec. 31, 1989 in the Astrodome in Houston. The victory was significant because it occurred in the postseason, because of the bitter rivalry that existed at the time with head coach Jerry Glanville's Oilers, and because that Steelers team had been outscored by a combined 92-10 count in the first two games of the season (a 51-0 loss to Cleveland and a 41-10 loss at Cincinnati). It was also the last playoff victory of Steelers head coach Chuck Noll's career. Happy New Year.