Steelers linebacker James Farrior vs. Titans quarterback Steve McNair |

Steelers linebacker James Farrior vs. Titans quarterback Steve McNair

The Steelers’ best linebacker needs to put a watchful eye on the AFC’s best quarterback today at Heinz Field in what will be one of the best games in the NFL.

James Farrior has assumed two key roles in the Steelers’ defense, ably manning one inside linebacker position in the base and replacing Joey Porter as the middle backer in the dime.

He has been on the field for all downs for the first time in his two seasons in Pittsburgh, dropping in pass coverage and penetrating run-blocking schemes.

Now, the return of Porter gives the Steelers uncommon depth in the dime, keeping Farrior fresh so he can chase Titans quarterback Steve McNair, one of the toughest quarterbacks in the league to sack. McNair, 6-foot-2, 229 pounds, leads the conference with a 98.5 passer rating.

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