Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
Welcome to Game Day Steeler Nation! You’ll have plenty of time to get all your weekend chores done before the Steelers kick off tonight so don’t worry about a thing. Unless you’re worried about whether or not the Steelers might be 0-3 this time tomorrow morning. Until then, here’s what’s being said about your Pittsburgh Steelers around the block.
Steelers vs. Bears by the numbers
ESPN’s Scott Brown broke down the Sunday night matchup between the Steelers and Bears in terms of numbers. Some of the most striking numbers hit you right off of the bat. While it’s been made painfully clear that the Steelers defense has only recorded one sack so far this season it’s also worth noting that the Bears defense has recorded just one more sack than that. Bears CB Charles “Peanut” Tillman has had 5 interception returns for touchdowns since 2011. The Steelers have had 9 consecutive wins over NFC opponents at Heinz Field. The one number the Steelers will have to lookout for most is 50; that’s the number of turnovers forced by the Bears since 2012. They lead the NFL in that category.
Bears @ Steelers breakdown
Andy Benoit of SI’s MMQB previewed the Steelers game with a positive spin for Pittsburgh. He points out that the Steelers are still only one game out in the AFC North (kind of a weird point given how early the season is, but I’ll take it) with fourteen games still to be played. Plenty of time to right this ship. Benoit illustrates how Pittsburgh must be opportunistic if Bears QB Jay Cutler shows some of his risky, turnover-prone tendencies during the game. He turned over the ball three times last week to the Vikings so if the Steelers get any opportunities, they need to pounce on them.
Hosting the Sunday Night Football game has become a hot ticket in the NFL and with it comes all the bells and whistles of the show. The Steelers have some of their favorite alumni in town this week and former Steelers DT Chris Hoke stopped by the SNF set and signed their bus.