By Tiera Dobbins @LetsTalkFTball
Week 3 for the Pittsburgh Steelers was a fiasco, cringe worthy, a disaster and very foreign for a team that is predicted to be the AFC contender for the Super Bowl. The Steelers couldn’t get any momentum or consistency going on either side of the ball and fell miserably to the Philadelphia Eagles, 34-3.
But Pittsburgh has to put the defeat behind them and gear up for a Sunday night showdown against the Kansas City Chiefs. But how can the Steelers do that when that defeat is still lingering with some key players? As if the 34-3 loss was not embarrassing enough, the bulk of injuries that came out of the game are nothing less than unbelievable. Defensive players Ryan Shazier, Robert Golden, Sean Davis and offensive players Ramon Foster and Eli Rogers are all notable injuries and numbers that may not be called onto the field Sunday night.
The key to this Pittsburgh Steelers team is to stay healthy, but injuries seem to follow them every season. Injuries are not unfamiliar territory to the Steelers. Although it’s approaching just week 4, and it’s still early in the season, the team’s flexibility and resiliency has begun to be tested.
A sigh of relief for the Steelers and Steeler Nation is the return of RB Le’Veon Bell. While DeAngelo Williams has been a superb backup in Bell’s absence there is no denying the backfield and the offensive side of the ball is ready to get him back. When healthy, Bell is talked about and described as the best running back in the league, and you can expect his workload to be heavy Sunday.
The offensive side of the ball is struggling just 3 weeks into the season. Inconsistencies, suspensions and injuries are plaguing the offense. The return of WR Markus Wheaton last week was tainted by his very uncharacteristic 3 drops. Heath Miller’s replacement Ladarius Green has yet to take the field. Sammie Coates is viewed as a one play wonder and slot receiver Eli Rogers isn’t likely to even take the field in week 4.
Although the return of Le’Veon Bell is major we all are waiting on the Ben (Roethlisberger)/ (Antonio) Brown chemistry to return. In Week 2 the Bengals defense eliminated Brown for most of the game making him somewhat ineffective. Brown turned 11 targets to 4 catches for just 38 yards. After last week’s debacle at Lincoln Field the star wideout still found himself as the player of the game with 12 catches for 140 yards.
The Pittsburgh Steelers have proven and shown us over the years they can lose to lesser opponents but the Steelers have also shown us they can bounce back. The team is fully equipped to be the Steelers they are predicted to be.
The season is just getting started. Don’t throw in your Terrible Towels, Steeler Nation.
Featured image of Bell and Roethlisberger courtesy: sportsworldreport.com
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