Oct 26, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) at the line of scrimmage against the Indianapolis Colts during the second half of their game at Heinz Field. The Steelers won the game, 51-34. Mandatory Credit: Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports
When the Steelers and Colts matched up last year, Luck and Roethlisberger combined for 922 yards passing and nine touchdowns. Neither of these teams have done much to improve their pass defense and we could see another game where both quarterbacks air it out.
I think both Brown and Bryant should see a lot of looks by Big Ben but we will have to establish a run game early so that the Colts secondary doesn’t camp out on the receivers. This is where DeAngelo Williams comes into play. The veteran didn’t play much of a role in last weeks loss and Seattle was able to sit back and wait on Roethlisberger’s passes.
This week the Steelers should show more of a balanced attack. I think we will see Williams garner another 100 yard rushing game with both Brown and Bryant accumulating 100 yards a piece in receptions.
There is pressure on the Steelers secondary to improve their game. Perhaps a change in the starting rotation will be the impetus needed for the defensive backfield to step it up. I don’t expect instant results, however, and wouldn’t be surprised to see T.Y. Hilton notch a touchdown or two.
In the end I think it will be the Steelers defensive front and linebackers who will set the tone for this game. They have the potential to get to Hasselbeck early and often. If they can keep his head on a swivel, the game might not be as close as some prognosticators have predicted.
Score: Steelers 38-Colts 24