The good news for Steelers fans is that after narrowly edging the Indianapolis Colts 23-20 on Sunday night, they improve to 2-1 in the standings. The bad news is that they don't look like the team from a year ago in doing it.
Taking out the 24-0 beatdown of Seattle in week 2, a game where everyone knew the Steelers were going to dominate after getting crushed in week 1, Pittsburgh has just looked off. Their defense has looked slow and their offense has lacked any real rhythm so far in the early going.
Last night vs Indy was the perfect example. The Steelers should have went in their and just decimated the Colts who were without their Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning. Instead, they had a tight knit game where they were actually losing heading into the fourth before they stepped it up late to secure the W.
What's up with that?
Like in game 1, the Steelers gave up way too many turnovers. Roethlisberger was sloppy with the football in every sense, fumbling away 2 balls while throwing 1 interception that could have easily been three. They also got no real production out of the running game, gaining only 67 yards on the ground for the night. Running back Rashard Mendenhall was doing his best Hines Ward impression but only in the dancing sense as the back spent too much time having happy feet instead of hitting the hole.
On the other side of the ball, the defense had a hard time getting any pressure on the QB and were frankly lucky they were dealing with such sub par signal callers because even an average QB would have shredded them last night. Indy left a good bit of points and plays on the field because of the quarterbacks inability to get the ball to their receivers.
Overall, a win is a win and though the Steelers are a respectable 2-1 with a mostly easy schedule that should see them skate into the postseason, all is not right with this team. There is just too many flaws and holes on a veteran laden squad that shouldn't have them.
Is it a sign of age? Could be, but any way you look at it, they need to get better, fast if they want to make it to the SuperBowl again.
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