Steelers MUST Take Colts Seriously
Ok. Where do I begin? We all know that this Sunday is shaping up to be another Trap Game for the Pittsburgh Steelers(6-2). Heading into Lucas Oil Stadium to take on the Indianapolis Colts(3-6) seems like a walk in the park..right? WRONG!
Nearly every single time the Steelers are supposed to win they end up falling to lesser teams. Which is why I truly believe that they are taking those lesser teams way too lightly. Something you cannot do in the National Football League. Because despite a team’s record..they are all professionals.
Sure, the players will enter each of these games saying that they are “preparing for them like any other team”. Pardon my French but..”sneeze-ullshit”! Not true. Because if it was they would not have been dismantled by the Jacksonville Jaguars or embarrassed by the Chicago Bears they way they were. Two loses that could have been two wins, making Pittsburgh undefeated at the mid-point of the season.
Indianapolis, who just came off of a 20-14 week 9 away win over the Houston Texans are looking forward to taking that momentum back home against the Steelers. Quarterback Jacoby Brissett went 20/30 for 308 yards and 2 touchdowns, 175 of those yards and both TD’s going to wide receiver, T.Y. Hilton. Who although is questionable for this Sunday’s game(groin)..is most likely to play and will be a deep threat against this Pittsburgh ‘pass stingy’ defense.
The Steelers, coming off of a bye week after a week 8, 20-15 win at Ford Field over the Detroit Lions are definitely well rested and somewhat healty. Linebacker James Harrison is out with a back injury, but the return of defensive end, Stephon Tuitt should help stop the Frank Gore led run game and create a more potent pass rush.
On the offensive side of the ball Pittsburgh’s All-Pro quarterback and proverbial Hall of Famer, Ben Roethlisberger has been up and down for the first half of the season. But with the likes of wide receivers Antonio Brown, JuJu Smith-Schuster and the return of Martavis Bryant, Roethlisberger needs to just get the ball to his playmakers and let them do the work. Hopefully Ben resorts back to the 6 touchdown exhibition he exhibited the last time these two met up at Heinz Field.
Including running back Le’Veon Bell, whose 194 rushing attempts has him as the league’s 3rd leading rusher with 760 yards. Not bad for a player who missed all of training camp but has found his momentum at the right time. So look for a heavy dose of #Juice in this week’s matchup.
Now, if the defense continues to play like they have been playing, (preferably like they did in week 8) Big Ben utilizes his playmakers, secures the ball with minimal to no turnovers and the coaching staff of Keith Butler, Todd Haley and Mike Tomlin take the opposing coaching staff seriously..then all should fall into place.
Sounds simple and pretty obviously to most, I know..but for some reason it hasn’t seemed so cut-n-dry for the Steelers over the past several years. Especially when it comes to teams that they should actually beat.
PREDICTION: Pittsburgh 35