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Pittsburgh Steelers: 5 Players to Watch in Week 3

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5 Players to Watch in Week 3

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One thing that is worse than an 0-2 start to the regular season is an 0-3 start. This Sunday night, the Pittsburgh Steelers will do whatever they can to keep that from happening when they host the Chicago Bears at Heinz Field.

This game will be the second consecutive nationally televised game for the Steelers. Unfortunately, their first primetime game showed the entire country just how far they have to go in order to be considered a contender in the NFL again.

Last week’s loss exposed Pittsburgh’s already porous offensive line and their inability to jump start a productive running game. In addition, it also showed the team’s lack of a big-play threat on offense, as well as the team’s struggle to produce turnovers on the defensive side of the ball, which haunted them last year.

This Week 3 showdown against the Bears will be the Steelers’ toughest opponent so far in the early part of the season. Pittsburgh will be tested in every phase of the game by some of the best talent in the league.

Chicago is giving up less than 100 yards per game on the ground, while the Steelers haven’t even surpassed the century mark in total rushing yards as a team in the first two weeks of the season. And the Bears’ pass defense features two Pro Bowl cornerbacks that will face a Pittsburgh offense that doesn’t have a game-changer.

Defensively, the Steelers have done their best to hold their own, but they will be tested in trying to contain a versatile running back and a number of big receivers in the passing game.

With all that being said, here are the five Steelers that will be worth watching when the Bears come to town on Sunday night.

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5. Jarvis Jones

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The 17th overall pick of the 2013 draft made his first career start last week. Now the talents of Jarvis Jones will be tested when he lines up against Pro Bowl left tackle Jermon Bushrod and the rest of a revamped Bears offensive line that’s allowed only one sack so far this season.

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4. Ike Taylor

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In last week’s loss, cornerback Ike Taylor successfully contained Cincinnati Bengals Pro Bowl wide receiver A.J. Green. This coming Sunday night, Taylor will be challenged once again by standing toe-to-toe with Bears Pro Bowl wide receiver Brandon Marshall.

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3. Kion Wilson and Vince Williams

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Kion Wilson did tally four tackles versus the Bengals last week, while rookie Vince Williams racked up seven of his own. However, their ability to contain Cincinnati’s running and passing game was a problem. Things won’t get any easier once they step on the field to face running back Matt Forte and tight end Martellus Bennett.

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2. Markus Wheaton

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Assuming that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger throws his way, rookie wide receiver Markus Wheaton could add another dimension to the Steelers’ passing game, especially if tight end Heath Miller isn’t able to play. Wheaton’s speed is something that will be greatly needed going up against one of the league’s best defensive backfields.

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1. Mike Adams

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Any of Pittsburgh’s offensive linemen could have been mentioned for this list. However, left tackle Mike Adams has the daunting task of locking horns with Bears veteran defensive end Julius Peppers. Not only does he have to keep Peppers at bay, the second-year lineman will have to do so on Big Ben’s blindside.