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Friday Insider: Tuitt key to Super Bowl hopes


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Stephon Tuitt celebrates a preseason sack against the Titans. - MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

Stephon Tuitt's play last week against Tennessee was a sight for Steelers fans' sore eyes, especially those wondering how the team's defense could possibly be better than the one that finished off last season.

Tuitt's final stat line of two tackles, one sack and two quarterback pressures in the 16-6 win over the Titans doesn't necessarily show just how impactful he was playing just over two quarters in the game.

After he spent the first two plays of the game directly in the face of quarterback Marcus Mariota -- getting a pressure and then a sack -- the Titans began to double-team him. That opened things up for other players to get free runs at the Tennessee quarterback.

And just as importantly, Tennessee's run game produced just 24 yards on 12 first half carries.

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