The Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Baltimore Ravens 19-16 to improve their record to 2-4 after starting off the season 1-4. The Steelers took care of their rivals, but there is still a long road ahead — one that may be too hard for the Steelers to overcome.
However, the Steelers have found their running game, with Le’Veon Bell carrying the load on 19 carries for 93 yards and the Steelers rushing for an overall total of 141 yards. How long can Pittsburgh keep that formula with Ben Roethlisberger as their starting quarterback?
As good as Roethlisberger is, he tends to get pass-happy in this offense, which creates problems for the team’s offensive line in pass protection and runs away from the offensive lines’ strengths. He should let them attack with their physicality and slow the game down the way the Steelers did against the Ravens. That’s the only way they can get out of this deep hole they are in, but I don’t believe they will do that.
When I mentioned earlier about the Steelers having a tough road, I wasn’t kidding. Let’s look at the opponents left on the Steelers’ schedule:
The Steelers already have four losses. You would be hard pressed to say they will come out of those games with a record over.500. The Steelers are still a dangerous team, but there is a reason why very few teams in league history have made the playoffs after starting out the season 0-4.
Read more from Wola Odeniran here