For all of the talk about Pittsburgh, the Tennessee Titans’ biggest challenge is just to keep going. Because we all got started in this thing as AFC Central members, all of us soon-to-be old-timers — that cannot be true, but I think that it is — want to get very excited about the rivalry that exists from the first days of the NFL’s existence in the Mid-South.
Of course, we have to remind ourselves that this is the 10th season of the AFC South Division (yes, it was formed in 2002). The last time there was an AFC Central, the current Titans rookies were barely in middle school. In other words, all of the old rivalry talk doesn’t mean much to the players. They know Pittsburgh. They know Pittsburgh has won two Super Bowls in recent years. They know Pittsburgh is one of the best teams in the NFL. And really, that’s all that they need to know.
The current Titans know that if they go to Pittsburgh on Sunday and play poorly, they lose. If they play well, they win. Their job on Sunday is just to keep going, no matter the opponent. And let those of quickly becoming old-timers talk about the game in way that makes it more than it is.
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