Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Tennessee Titans

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Game Information
Location: Nissan Stadium Nashville, Tennessee
Attendance: 62,184

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Ben Roethlisberger needed three short series to show he's ready for the regular season, even though he wasn't happy the Steelers didn't score earlier.

The Tennessee Titans made it very clear protecting Marcus Mariota on a wet and ugly night was their top priority.

Roethlisberger capped his night with a 17-yard touchdown pass to JuJu Smith-Schuster, and the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Titans 18-6 Sunday night to remain perfect this preseason.

"I wasn't as crisp as I would've liked to have been, but I think we got enough accomplished," Roethlisberger said.

The Steelers (3-0) came up with four of seven sacks by halftime and had a turnover as they pummeled all three quarterbacks for the Titans (1-2). Six different Steelers had at least a sack apiece.

Roethlisberger made his preseason debut and was a bit rusty with two short series. After Stephon Tuitt sacked Mariota in the end zone for a safety, Roethlisberger then drove the Steelers 48 yards after the free kick and finished with the TD pass to Smith-Schuster.

He nearly gave the Steelers a 10-0 lead but Jaylen Samuels fell down after catching the pass on a 2-point conversion attempt. Roethlisberger spent the rest of the night watching and was 8 of 13 for 63 yards passing. Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin was content with what he got out of Roethlisberger and the rest of his Steelers in their first road trip this preseason.

"Although it wasn't a complete body of work, we were able to get them some situational ball and watch them execute and do some things there, so a good night in that regard," Tomlin said.

A night after Andrew Luck retired, the Titans played safe with their starting quarterback and pulled Mariota after he was sacked for the safety on his second series. Mariota was 0 of 3, including an uncharacteristic drop by veteran Adam Humphries. That proved a smart move with backup Ryan Tannehill sacked on his third play.

"We're going to make sure we can protect our quarterback, and that's important," Titans coach Mike Vrabel said. "And it's imperative that we do that as a staff and we do that as an offensive group."

Pittsburgh is still trying to figure out Roethlisberger's backup, and Mason Rudolph helped himself with a 41-yard TD pass to James Washington on his first throw of the game. That put the Steelers up 15-0 after the first quarter with a 159-25 edge in total offense. Rudolph finished the first half and was 6 of 9 for 75 yards.

Joshua Dobbs took over in the third quarter and didn't get much help. One receiver was out of bounds after pushing off for offensive pass interference, and the Steelers needed review to show Trey Griffey did have control and both feet down on a catch after Dobbs scrambled to find him for a 23-yard catch. That set up a 31-yard field goal by rookie Matthew Wright.

The Titans intercepted both Rudolph and Dobbs, who was 4 of 9 for 79 yards.

TWO-SACK QUARTER

Tuitt not only got a sack and the ball back for the Steelers, the veteran going into his sixth season had two in the first quarter taking both of the Titans' top two quarterbacks down. Tuitt smothered Mariota in the end zone for the safety, then got to Tannehill on the third play of his first series. Tuitt is coming off a career-high 5 1/2 sacks last season.

"We're expecting big things from him," Tomlin said. "He's expecting big things from him. He's had a good preseason both in stadiums and out, so that was not unlike what we've been looking at from him."

SUCCOP'S RETURN

The best part of the game for Tennessee was veteran Brett Kern's punting with a 70-yarder along with kicker Ryan Succop's preseason debut. Succop had offseason knee surgery and wasn't cleared from the physically unable to perform list until Monday. He kicked a pair of field goals for the Titans' only points.

BAD MEMORIES

The Titans gave up sacks so early and often that the game started feeling like last October when Baltimore set a franchise-record with 11 sacks. Right tackle Jack Conklin said the Titans didn't come out strong and fast in the showcase game of the preseason.

"We can't have our quarterback getting hit," Conklin said. "He shouldn't have been touched nearly as many times as he did. It's definitely things we can get fixed."

UP NEXT

Steelers: Visit Carolina on Thursday night.

Titans: Visit Chicago on Thursday night.

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(This story has been updated to edit the punctuation on Titans coach Mike Vrabel's quote on protecting quarterbacks.)

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1st Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Steelers Titans
09:12 Stephon Tuitt safety 2 0
04:31 JuJu Smith-Schuster 17 yd pass from Ben Roethlisberger (failed 2pt Pass from Ben Roethlisberger) 8 0
01:52 James Washington 41 yd pass from Mason Rudolph (Chris Boswell kick) 15 0

2nd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Steelers Titans
13:27 Ryan Succop 24 yd FG 15 3

3rd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Steelers Titans
04:02 Matthew Wright 31 yd FG 18 3

4th Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Steelers Titans
06:33 Ryan Succop 22 yd FG 18 6

Team Stats
  Pittsburgh Tennessee
1st Downs 17 14
Total Yards 328 233
Passing 217 132
Passing Completions/Attempts 18-31 17-27
Yards/Pass 7.0 3.9
Rushing 111 101
Rushing Attempts 25 27
Yards/Rush 4.4 3.7
Turnovers 2 1
Fumbles Lost 0 1
Interceptions Thrown 2 0
Possession 27:25 32:35

Pittsburgh Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Josh Dobbs 4 9 79 8.8 0 1
Mason Rudolph 6 9 75 8.3 1 1
Ben Roethlisberger 8 13 63 4.8 1 0

Tennessee Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Logan Woodside 11 15 117 7.8 0 0
Ryan Tannehill 6 9 62 6.9 0 0
Marcus Mariota 0 3 0 0.0 0 0

Pittsburgh Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
James Conner 5 41 8.2 0 21
Diontae Spencer 1 29 29.0 0 29
Jaylen Samuels 4 16 4.0 0 11
Trey Edmunds 6 12 2.0 0 5
Josh Dobbs 5 10 2.0 0 7
Malik Williams 3 5 1.7 0 3
Travon McMillian 1 -2 -2.0 0 -2

Tennessee Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Jeremy McNichols 9 43 4.8 0 23
Alex Barnes 9 32 3.6 0 10
Akeem Hunt 7 24 3.4 0 10
Logan Woodside 1 2 2.0 0 2
Dion Lewis 1 0 0.0 0 0

Pittsburgh Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Brandon Reilly 2 41 20.5 0 30
James Washington 1 41 41.0 1 41
JuJu Smith-Schuster 4 37 9.2 1 17
Trey Griffey 1 23 23.0 0 23
James Conner 2 15 7.5 0 8
Zach Gentry 1 15 15.0 0 15
Johnny Holton 2 12 6.0 0 7
Jaylen Samuels 2 11 5.5 0 6
Donte Moncrief 2 11 5.5 0 7
Eli Rogers 1 11 11.0 0 11

Tennessee Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Kalif Raymond 5 58 11.6 0 23
Corey Davis 1 25 25.0 0 25
Papi White 1 24 24.0 0 24
Anthony Firkser 2 15 7.5 0 9
Cody Hollister 1 15 15.0 0 15
Taywan Taylor 2 14 7.0 0 11
A.J. Brown 1 10 10.0 0 10
Adam Humphries 1 9 9.0 0 9
Alex Barnes 2 5 2.5 0 5
Cole Wick 1 4 4.0 0 4

Pittsburgh Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Robert Spillane 5 0 1 9
Cameron Heyward 4 0 1 8
Tuzar Skipper 4 0 1 7
Ulysees Gilbert III 4 1 0 0
Justin Layne 4 0 0 0
Daniel McCullers 4 0 0 0
Kam Kelly 3 1 0 0
Stephon Tuitt 2 0 2 11
Vince Williams 2 0 1 8
Terrell Edmunds 2 1 0 0
Tyler Matakevich 2 0 0 0
T.J. Watt 2 0 0 0
Tegray Scales 1 0 1 4
Marcus Allen 1 0 0 0
Sean Davis 1 1 0 0
Javon Hargrave 1 0 0 0
Mike Hilton 1 0 0 0
Trevon Mathis 1 0 0 0
Casey Sayles 1 0 0 0
Sutton Smith 1 0 0 0
Cameron Sutton 1 0 0 0
Chris Boswell 0 0 0 0
Devin Bush 0 1 0 0
Winston Craig 0 1 0 0
Trey Edmunds 0 0 0 0
Jayrone Elliott 0 1 0 0
Zach Gentry 0 0 0 0
Steve Nelson 0 0 0 0
Jaylen Samuels 0 0 0 0
Diontae Spencer 0 0 0 0

Tennessee Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Mike Jordan 4 0 0 0
Daren Bates 3 0 0 0
David Long Jr. 3 0 0 0
Jayon Brown 2 0 0 0
Kenneth Durden 2 0 0 0
Amani Hooker 2 1 0 0
Austin Johnson 2 0 0 0
Isaiah Mack 2 1 0 0
Logan Ryan 2 0 0 0
Quart'e Sapp 2 0 0 0
LeShaun Sims 2 0 0 0
Malcolm Butler 1 0 0 0
Frank Herron 1 0 0 0
Adoree' Jackson 1 0 0 0
D'Andre Payne 1 0 0 0
Tye Smith 1 1 0 0
Kenny Vaccaro 1 0 0 0
Wesley Woodyard 1 1 0 0
Amani Bledsoe 0 1 0 0
Kamalei Correa 0 1 0 0
Dane Cruikshank 0 0 0 0
Matt Dickerson 0 1 0 0
Rashaan Evans 0 1 0 0
Sharif Finch 0 3 0 0
LaTroy Lewis 0 0 0 0
Jeremy McNichols 0 0 0 0
MyCole Pruitt 0 0 0 0
Aaron Stinnie 0 0 0 0
LaDarius Wiley 0 0 0 0

Pittsburgh Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
No interceptions.

Tennessee Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
Amani Hooker 1 2 0
Mike Jordan 1 1 0

Pittsburgh Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Ryan Switzer 3 57 19.0 0 20

Tennessee Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Darius Jennings 2 66 33.0 0 46

Pittsburgh Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Ryan Switzer 1 20 20.0 0 20
Diontae Spencer 1 2 2.0 0 2

Tennessee Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Kalif Raymond 1 12 12.0 0 12

Pittsburgh Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Matthew Wright 1 1 100.0 31

Tennessee Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Ryan Succop 2 2 100.0 24

Pittsburgh Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Jordan Berry 4 200 56
Ian Berryman 2 90 54

Tennessee Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Austin Barnard 5 228 53
Brett Kern 2 137 70