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It is Not Time to Panic in Pittsburgh

The Pittsburgh Steelers are in a rough spot right now. They have just lost three games, and are close to losing their division lead. However, Pittsburgh is still 11-3 and has time to right the ship. In the wise words of Aaron Rodgers, “R-E-L-A-X.” 

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After Monday night’s loss to the Bengals, there were some positives that the Steelers could take from the game to put them back on the right track. For one, the running game finally got going. While the bellcow James Conner was out, Benny Snell Jr. took over the starting role and played very well. It was the most life the Steelers rushing attack has had in over a month. On 18 carries, Snell ran for 84 yards and imposed his will in short yardage situations, something Pittsburgh has been poor with recently. If the Steelers can build on that good rushing performance, they can begin to get back on track. 

Another aspect that could lead to Pittsburgh getting back on track for the playoffs, is that they are beginning to get healthy again. Other than season ending injuries to Bud Dupree and Devin Bush, key players are beginning to work their way back to the lineup. Vince William has just been taken off the COVID-19/Reserve list and offensive lineman Kevin Dotson is back healthy.  Dotson  has been the best lineman for the Steelers this season. In addition, Robert Spillane will be returning just in time for the playoffs. Spillane has been playing very well at the inside linebacker position, and he was the communicator for the defense after he took over the starting role for the injured Bush. 

Finally, and the most important aspect, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger looked to regain some confidence in the second half of Monday night’s debacle in Cincinnati. Roethlisberger has looked awful his last three weeks, but that does not outway how well he played the rest of the season. If he can regain that early season form and get his confidence back this offense will be able to score. With the defense Pittsburgh has, 24 points will be enough to win most games. To add to Roethlisberger picking up form, the offensive play calling was good against the Bengals as new wrinkles were thrown into the playbook. As long as Roethlisberger bounces back, the Steelers will be fine. 

Things look bleak in the Steel City right now as the Super Bowl window is almost completely shut. However, the Steelers still have a shot to right the ship. There are two weeks left in the regular season to get things right, but it starts tomorrow against the Indianapolis Colts.

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