I came into this game offering the Titans plenty of R-E-S-P-E-C-T, but after watching them play, I had to wonder how they won three games, including thumping Baltimore at home in Week 2
Then I remembered how Baltimore had won its Super Bowl the previous week by beating the Steelers.
That same trend has held true the last two weeks as well.
Buffalo won its Super Bowl by beating New England in Week 2 and promptly lost to Cincinnati the next week.
Houston won its Super Bowl in Week 3 and lost to Oakland in Week 4.
It's a good reminder of one of former coach Bill Cowher's go-to sayings, "Don't get too high with the highs or too low with the lows."
The Steelers didn't get too low after their losses to Baltimore or Houston and bounced back the following weeks with victories.
© For those of you keeping score at home, Jonathan Scott was on the field for all five of the Steelers touchdowns Sunday.
He was subbing for Max Starks – who was getting a breather – at left tackle on their first two scores. He was in at right tackle for Marcus Gilbert on their final three.
Scott is much better suited to play right tackle – where he won't face premiere pass rushers every week. Because of that, the Steelers won't rush Gilbert, who left with a shoulder injury, back next week.
© OK, admit it, you were saying, "Here we go again," when Chris Johnson ran for 21 yards on his first carry.
The Steelers defensive players were saying it as well. Then they actually remembered to stay on their feet, stay in their gap and converge on the backside.
Johnson didn't have a cutback lane the rest of the game.
© Jonathan Dwyer admitted after the game that he thought he was going to score on his 78-yard run in the second quarter.
But this is the NFL, not the ACC.
That was a pretty big hole right in the middle of the line. I'm pretty sure Rashard Mendenhall would have scored on that play, which is why he'll be the starting back once he's healthy again.
© Isaac Redman did a credible job replacing Mendenhall as well, though he averaged just 3.3 yards per carry.
His biggest contribution with some crushing blitz pickups.
© Ben Roethlisberger was off badly on his first two passes, though Mike Wallace somehow came up with the second throw for an 11-yard gain.
You can't blame Roethlisberger, though. He was just so surprised that he actually had a pocket to step up into.
© All kidding aside, the offensive line did an outstanding job in pass protection – though running the ball effectively sure did help.
How bout all those play-action and three-step drops?
Tennessee was playing plenty of cover-2 and the Steelers took advantage by working underneath. It's what they should have done at Indianapolis, but had a bad combination of Roethlisberger refusing to throw underneath when it was open or having everybody going deep at other times.
© There's no reason the Steelers shouldn't be 5-2 – right where everyone felt they should be – in a few weeks heading into a big game at Heinz Field against New England.
Then they face Baltimore the week after that. Come out of that stretch at 6-3 and it's all downhill from there to the playoffs.
© Keenan Lewis just keeps getting better the more he plays. Now, he'll get to continue to improve and the Steelers don't face New England for a few weeks, but he's trending in the right direction.
He and William Gay – who is also playing well – have turned Bryant McFadden into a high-priced special teams player.