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Quick Take: Steelers could add to CJ2K's struggles

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NFL.com and NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport has his thoughts on the game:

Why this game is intriguing: A strangely appealing game, one that seems winnable for Tennessee. Last week was supposed to be a new beginning for the Steelers defense ... before Troy Polamalu and LaMarr Woodley hobbled off. Actually, it was the offense that took center stage in the win over Philadelphia, notably the return of Rashard Mendenhall. That's a major boost. For Tennessee, much depends on the very unpredictable wheels of running back Chris Johnson. If he's tip-toeing through the line like an undrafted rookie, this might not be close. If the Johnson from the Texans game arrives, the Steelers will need to bring it, too.

What to watch: The Steelers figure to come after backup quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, who's filling in for the injured Jake Locker. That might not be pretty, especially if James Harrison is in shape. If Kenny Britt is truly back, it'll open up a lot more, perhaps giving Johnson some running room. Britt draws two defenders when he's at his best. With the Steelers, some of their success will hinge on giving Ben Roethlisberger a clean pocket. Tennessee pass rusher Kamerion Wimbley could have something to say about that. While the Titans haven't played well, they do have some skills. Considering this one's in Tennessee, there is some major upset potential.

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