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Pittsburgh Steelers: 5 Reasons Why Your Favorite Team Will Lose In Week 2

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5 Reasons Why Pittsburgh Steelers Stand No Chance In Week 2

5 Reasons Why Pittsburgh Steelers Stand No Chance In Week 2
Jason Bridge-USA Today Sports

The Pittsburgh Steelers looked terrible in Week 1 of the NFL season against the Tennessee Titans. After the Titans made a horrific mistake on the opening kickoff that resulted in a safety, giving the Steelers a 2-0 lead, the Titans took complete control.

Losing a game at home to open up the season against a mediocre team like the Titans is not a good way to give confidence to your fan base. Scoring only nine points against the Titans’ defense is pathetic; the Steelers have a lot of things they need to work on. If they don’t fix their issues, this could easily be a 4-12 team.

While fellow AFC North teams like the Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals have been using the past few seasons to get younger and more talented, the Steelers have been resigning their old players, hoping those players still have something left in the tank. Unfortunately for the Steelers, that isn’t a great strategy to use in the NFL. Even when the Steelers bring in players via the draft, they don’t seem to make enough of an impact to contribute consistently.

The Steelers’ offensive line is awful, they can’t get a running game going and their defense doesn’t force enough turnovers. Sadly, the Steelers’ second game of the season is going to be way more difficult than their pancake of an opener against the Titans. The Steelers have to travel to Cincinnati on Monday Night Football to play the Bengals. Winning on the road in the NFL is no easy task; it will be incredibly difficult for the Steelers to avoid an ugly 0-2 start to the 2013 season.

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5. No Running Game

No Running Game
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The Steelers can’t run the ball. Sure, the NFL is becoming more and more of a passing league, but the ability to run the ball is still essential to sustaining success. Combine a terrible stable of running backs with an underachieving offensive line and you get a terrible running game.

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4. Lack of Playmakers On Defense

Lack of Play-Makers On Defense
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The Steelers used to be a team that was able to wreak havoc on opposing offenses by creating turnovers and sacking the opposing quarterback on a regular basis. The 2013 version of the Steelers’ defense doesn’t do much of that. They don’t give up a ton of yards, but they lack the ability to get a key turnover.

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3. Bad Offensive Line

Bad Offensive Line
Charles LeClaire-USA Today Sports

The Steelers never seem to have an offensive line that can protect Ben Roethlisberger consistently. This offensive line sometimes shows flashes of potential, but for the most part they force Roethlisberger to move around in the pocket and make plays on his own while avoiding the pass rush. It is a very young offensive line that just its Pro-Bowl center Maurkice Pouncey.

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2. Injuries

Injuries
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I hate using injuries as an excuse, and so do the Steelers, but at some point it’s unavoidable. The Steelers lost their Pro-Bowl center Maurkice Pouncey for the rest of the season this past Sunday, Larry Foote is now out for the remainder of the season and Le’Veon Bell and Heath Miller won’t be back for a couple weeks.
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1. The Bengals Are Better

The Bengals Are Better
Tim Heitman-USA Today Sports
The biggest reason of all that the Steelers will lose in Week 2 is that they are just a worse team than the Bengals. The Bengals’ roster is full of young talent and they are playing at home.