By Blaize Pennington
The Tennessee Titans'2010 hype was demolished last week as the Steelers came to town and beat the Titans for just the second time ever - sans Ben Roethlisberger.
Red flags went up everywhere as the Titans turned the ball over a blistering seven times, in which three of them fall on Vince Young' shoulders.
So it is time to hit the panic button right?
Wrong. There were so many things that the Titans did right despite the loss this week. In any game a team turns the ball over seven times; the good seems to be outweighed by the bad.
So what did the Titans do that was so good, that hope can be found in this horrible loss? The quick answer is they stayed in the game. The Titans were a catch from Nate Washington and a two-point conversion away from a tie, despite the turnovers.
All of the praise should go to this Titans defense, which after week two is No. 1 in both total defense and passing defense. The Steelers had the ball in Titans territory numerous times, and were unable to get a single touchdown out of it.
The Steelers were 0-for-4 in the red zone and were only 2-of-15 on third-down conversions. The Titans even managed to hold them to a total of 127 yards of total offense.
Another bright spot was Chris Johnson. Yes, he only got 34 yards, but the 85-yard touchdown run that was called back was all him. The holding was on a defensive tackle that did not have a good chance of bringing down Johnson.
While the stat may not count, the fact is Chris Johnson can bust a big run against arguably the best rushing defense in the game.
When Young was benched, a lot of people felt his time was done. However, Jeff Fisher made the right call. Young doesn't have a lot of experience playing against an intricate defensive scheme like the Steelers'. Kerry Collins on the other hand does.
Fisher's move was a very calculated risk. He knew that switching quarterbacks gave them the best chance to win. Young will be the starter next Sunday, and barring an injury, for the rest of the season.
The Steelers are a better team than everyone was giving them credit for. Last year the Titans only scored 10 points on them, and this year it was 11. There is no reason for Titans' fans to panic.