The Pittsburgh Steelers pulled out a close victory this Sunday over the Indianapolis Colts, 20-17. Despite the fact the Colts are not world beaters, this was still a quality win for the team. The one point of concern, however, is that the Steelers offense continues to struggle to get all their weapons clicking.
In the game, Le’veon Bell ran the ball 26 times, but was only able to churn out a total of 80 yards. This resulted in a modest 3.1 yard per carry average. Meanwhile, Antonio Brown was targeted seven times in the game, but was only able to haul in three of those targets for a modest 47 yards.
Once again, Juju Smith-Schuster had a great game and finished with five receptions for 97 yards and a touchdown. Also, Martavis Bryant was able to get involved in the offense. He finished with 42 yards on three catches, which is a nice step in the right direction for him.
The contributions from those two saved the game for the Steelers, but if Bell and Brown do not start to get it going, this offense will continue to struggle like it did in the first half. After scoring only three points in the first half, the offense scored 17 in the second half, but got lucky to be playing a team like the underwhelming Colts.
The Steelers’ defense has proven that it is a top-notch unit. Yet again, the defense stepped up big and held the Colts to zero points in the fourth quarter, but too much may be being put on this young squad.
Going into the season, most believed the offense would be the much better side of the ball for this team, but that has not been the case. The defense has over achieved and the offense has vastly underachieved, with a total of only 187 points through their nine games.
Yes, the team is winning and is dominating the division, but for this team to succeed in the playoffs they will need the offense to get it together. Many playoff teams will give this young defense trouble, so Roethlisberger and company will need to get on track before it’s too late. With seven games left on the schedule, look for this offense to try and get their chemistry back and begin to put up numbers that we all expected in the preseason.
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