3 Steelers X-factors vs Miami on Monday Night Football
The Pittsburgh Steelers are 2-4 after the bye week fresh off a Sunday Night win against the Los Angeles Chargers. The team is looking to gain some ground after refreshing themselves during the bye.
The Steelers have been through a lot the first six games of the season. From losing Ben Roethlisberger to losing three games by a combined nine points over a span of four weeks, the 2019 year has been one to forget thus far.
The team has shown fight in every game and, while the results are not favorable, the promise they have shown is encouraging. The defense has stepped up huge for the Steelers since the first couple of games and provided a spark to the team in its desperate time of need.
Pittsburgh has a very long road ahead of themselves even to sniff the playoffs but, they aren’t entirely dead just yet. They can ill afford to lose any more games now, but they have shown they will fight week in and week out.
The defense’s improvement has come at a time where the offense is struggling. Pittsburgh has no real run game to speak of, and the pass attack has suffered since a certain receiver left town unceremoniously.
The Steelers have the Dolphins this week, and that may be just the spark plug they need. These are still professional football teams, but when someone is struggling like Miami is, it is a good game to really assert yourself and take advantage to improve areas of your own team.
The Dolphins have one of the worst teams in the entire league on both sides of the ball. Pittsburgh is much better than their 2-4 record would indicate, and they can use this game to get just below .500 on the season after a very rough start.
There are three players that can help catapult the Steelers into their second straight victory. If this players breakout, it could bode very well for this week, as well as the rest of the season.