Pittsburgh Steelers: 5 Players To Watch In Week 10
5 Players to Watch in Week 10
This week’s matchup between the Buffalo Bills and the Pittsburgh Steelers won’t be at the top of the list of many NFL football fans’ games to watch. Both teams aren’t considered to be threats in their respective divisions, and both are on two-game losing streaks. This game just might be the final chance for either team to get things rolling entering the start of the second half of the season.
Buffalo has struggled on the road so far this year, winning only one of five games. Pittsburgh’s home field advantage hasn’t helped them much at this juncture of the year, having only won one of their three home contests.
On the Bills’ sideline, all eyes will be on rookie quarterback E.J. Manuel. Buffalo decided to start the rookie after being sidelined due to a LCL injury in Week 5. The matchup between Manuel and Pittsburgh’s fourth-ranked pass defense should definitely favor the Steelers.
A great amount of attention will also be put on the Steelers’ corps of linebackers. As of late, Pittsburgh has struggled to stop the run, and with running backs Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller leading the charge for Buffalo’s seventh-ranked running game, the Steelers will have their hands full. Hopefully this game won’t be a repeat of their previous two games, where they gave up nearly 200 yards and three touchdowns in each contest.
For the Steelers, most of the attention should be directed towards the offensive side of the ball. Let’s take a look and see which five players will be key for a victory in Week 10.
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5. David DeCastro
Right guard David DeCastro will more than likely make his return to the lineup after sitting out with an injured ankle. Hopefully his bad wheel will hold up against the Bills’ dominant pass rush.
4. Kelvin Beachum
With right tackle Marcus Gilbert listed as questionable, Kelvin Beachum will more than likely step in. Beachum has played multiple positions along the offensive line this year, and will have the difficult task of trying to help keep Buffalo’s pass rush (which is tied for third in the NFL in sacks) at bay.
3. Antonio Brown
So far this season, wide receiver Antonio Brown is one of the top 10 receivers in the league. The Bills have shown vulnerability in giving up scores through the air. Look for Brown to get a touchdown or two this week.
2. Steve McLendon
To say that Pittsburgh’s run defense has struggled over the past couple of weeks is an understatement. The Steelers’ defensive line has yet to gain complete control of the line of scrimmage. In order to do so this week, nose tackle Steve McLendon has to step up against Buffalo’s seventh-ranked ground attack.
1. Ben Roethlisberger
Buffalo has surrendered the most touchdown passes this season. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has thrown for 400 yards twice this season, and is coming off a four-touchdown performance.