The Pittsburgh Steelers look far from the vaunted teams that we’ve all become accustomed to seeing compete in the NFL. With a 2-6 record and not much to really hang their hats on through the first nine weeks of the season, they certainly have to be looking to pick some wins up down the stretch to make the season not feel like a total loss.
In week 10 the Steelers match up with the Buffalo Bills, another team that has certainly been up against their fair share of unfortunate play and circumstances this season. Though both teams’ records may make this looks like a possible tough contest between two lower-tier teams this season, the Steelers may once again be on their way to a loss.
Obviously the problems in Pittsburgh this season have been numerous. Injuries, poor offensive line play and inconsistency have plagued the Steelers all season long. However, arguably their biggest weakness this season has been their uncharacteristically terrible defense, especially when up against the run.
Pittsburgh has the second worst run defense in the league this season, allowing 131.3 yards per game to their opponents on the ground. In addition, they have allowed the second most rushing touchdowns in the league this season at 12. Only the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars are worse than the Steelers in both of those categories this season.
The Steelers’ struggles against the run are problematic enough by themselves, but they are up against a Bills team that relies heavily on their running game with C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson to have success on offense. Though nothing is certain in the NFL, especially this season, the Bills could cause the Steelers even more problems this week.