From the notebook of a sportswriter who's full of glee -- yes, glee -- following the Steelers' win last night in Nashville.
* And don't anyone dare change that four-letter word.
* The Steelers will now go through the bye week with seven more wins than they had during last year's bye week.
* I don't think I even turned on my computer that week.
* They didn't win by enough? Well, I can't salve those wounds, my friend. I expected a tough ball game and the Steelers got one.
* Monday Night home dog playing its one-game season.
* Yes, I know every spot seems to be a bad spot for the Steelers, but that comes with the territory of rich tradition, media adulation, and prime-time starts.
* If the Steelers were going to blow the Titans out, they would've needed a bad game from rookie QB Zach Mettenberger.
* They did not get that.
* I worried about the verbiage coming out of the locker room last week. Why should we have expected the Steelers to run through anyone?
* I dreaded, and therefore never expected, an opening possession that began with two handoffs.
* That it was six handoffs in a row was fine, because a punt did not interrupt that number.
* My computer would've exploded with interactive invective had 2x3=6 been the math.
* But all hilarity aside, the Steelers found something that worked so well they ended the game with seven more of them.
* Starting a game with six running plays and ending it with seven should be cause for extra bonus points from Pro Football Focus.
* In other words, it wasn't a perfect game by the offensive line, but it was close.
* I see the back-to-back sacks on the opening possession of the second half -- the fourth and fifth Titans sacks of the game -- has caused your eyebrow to arch.
* True, the Steelers hadn't allowed five sacks in a game since Tampa Bay, but the first two were coverage sacks, the third resulted from Ben Roethlisberger attempting to step up and clear to heave an end-of-half prayer, and the fourth appeared to be the fault of Martavis Bryant for missing a hot read. The fifth was on the O-line on third-and-14.
* Not perfect, but there's no doubt Mike Munchak will take it. Yes, there's a bit of pass-pro blood on their hands, but eating up the last seven minutes with a drive that peaked with seven handoffs to Le'Veon Bell more than made up for that.
* The other tackle, Kelvin Beachum, also deserved a game ball.
* Will Johnson, were you motivated by James Harrison's goal-line block last week? By Mike Tomlin's mid-week vow to use Harrison again? Regardless, the "playmaking" fullback may have had the best blocking game of his life last night.
* Like the O-linemen, Johnson was a crazy diamond on that final drive.
* Which would've stalled after three plays had Markus Wheaton not read blitz and caught the 6-yard pass from Roethlisberger on third-and-4.
* Am I supposed to be ripping this team? According to Steve Young and Trent Dilfer I am. "I can't say much about the Steelers for the first 2 1/2 quarters," Young said after the game. "The message is 'We're going to kind of hang around, but we can turn it on.'" Dilfer chimed in with "There was some lollygagging going on."
* Did I spell that right, Dale?
* OK, so let's go back and look for some "lollygagging."
* It's true they struggled blocking Casey on the first drive, but they had to be pleased with a field goal. I'm assuming the handoff to Bell on third-and-6 was done with going-for-it-on-fourth-down in mind. But Bell didn't gain enough, so they kicked.
* And then the rookie QB gave them -- William Gay -- the seven points you figure into any analysis with any sixth-round rookie QB starting a game.
* Rookie NT Daniel McCullers got off to a rough first start, but it was the 23-yard pass to Kendall Wright that did most of the damage. And McCullers almost blew up Bishop Sankey in the backfield before his touchdown run cut the Steelers' lead to 10-7.
* Mt. McCullers played every snap in the Steelers' base defense in the first half, and only two snaps in the second half as veteran Cam Thomas took over the nose. My guess is that was the plan coming in, and that a half of experience will accelerate his development. He played well enough after the first series.
* But back to the lollygagging and Mr. Casey. Not being able to block him is not lollygagging. Rookie WR Martavis Bryant not using his body and jumping for a ball in the end zone isn't, either. That's just inexperience.
* I think by definition here, I'm looking for the proverbial "switch" to which Mr. Young referred.
* OK. I found it. Dri Archer. He dropped a ball and Roethlisberger screamed "C'mon Dri!"
* The field mikes didn't pick up whether Archer returned the scream when Roethlisberger was sacked with Archer open in the flat. In fact, I'm sure he said boo to Ben.
* I did dislike the timeout with 52 seconds left on third-and-7 at the Tennessee 17. Let that sucker wind down and if you don't convert, kick a field goal to end the half. You threw into the end zone anyway (intercepted), so why give the Titans time?
* And there was some trouble with the overaggressive safeties trying to make a play on a rookie QB late in the first half. It allowed the 80-yard touchdown.
* But, again, I think you calculate that into the pre-game analysis anymore with that Steelers secondary.
* I'm not absolving it. I'm attempting to convince Joe Q. Greene that it's not about effort, switches or lollygagging. They're either learning or stinking. It's just not about mental condition or attitude.
* The Twitter really got steaming in the third quarter when the Titans took an 11-point lead. But that only set up a rally which will make the bye week all the sweeter.
* Yes, I choose to be happy today.
* In the fourth quarter, the O-line wouldn't be fooled again. It began picking up the Titans' blitzes and the quarterback kept handing it off to Bell. Before that acrobatic stretch by Bell for the 5-yard touchdown, Beachum and Ramon Foster washed down the entire left side of the line.
* Bell made a key blitz pick-up on a 16-yard pass to Heath Miller to set up that touchdown. Almost forgot to point that out.
* And previously suspected lollygagger Will Allen blew up a running play that led to a late three-and-out. The Steelers got the ball back and went on their game-winning touchdown drive.
* Brett Keisel -- who set a team record with his batted pass at the line -- and Cameron Heyward were bringing ferocious pressure up the middle on those final two three-and-outs; their legs brought to you courtesy of the DL rotation throughout the game.
* Of course, the real "game-winning drive" was the final drive that ate up 6:58. That's just Super Bowl stuff.
* Even if it was against the league's worst run defense.
* But, hey, don't kill my buzz. I'm officially on bye week.