The Steelers offense has transformed into one of the best in the league, and continues to boast big names, big numbers, and loads of potential. At times, the offense has seemed almost unstoppable, wreaking havoc on opposing defenses, and ripping through them with ease.
This year, the NFL has put in place a bit of a twist on the old extra point rules. The original rule was that a kicker would have to kick the ball for the extra point from the 2-yard line, same if the team wanted to go for a two point conversion as well. In hopes of inspiring teams to go for more two-point conversions, the NFL has decided to take the extra point, and put it a step back, forcing kickers to kick the ball from the 15-yard line instead.
While some teams have publicly said that they still feel two-point conversions are too risky, and will stick to their gut, the Pittsburgh Steelers could very well be one of the teams that attempts to “go for two” more often. This new rule could definitely add more excitement, and nail biting to close games for the Steelers.
The Steelers have always been a team with a few tricks up their sleeve. From wide receiver Antonio Brown throwing touchdowns to safety Robert Golden converting fake punts, the Steelers never shy away from their little tricks, that may seem dangerous, but sure can be important.
With the recent loss of kicker Shaun Suisham, the Steelers signed veteran kicker Garret Hartley, and while he’s very good, he also may be a bit rusty, and will need to learn how to kick at Heinz Field, which has been known to be a challenge for many kickers.
On top of that, the Steelers successfully ran down the field with their first team offense against the Jaguars in the first preseason game, and topped it all off with a converted two-point conversion, proving that they are very capable of the task at hand, and might want to take their chances more often than not.
While risky, attempting two-point conversions more often, with such a capable offense, could prove to be a valuable asset for Pittsburgh, and may very well be the difference in many games, especially against teams that might struggle to convert.
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