3 Steelers X-factors for showdown with the Colts
Joe Haden has been a huge part of the Steelers defensive resurgence over the last few seasons. Since coming to town after Cleveland cut him, he has racked up 22 pass breakups and three interceptions in 33 starts.
He missed the Chargers game with an injury, but Artie Burns filled in and did not too terribly. Haden was still missed, but Burns did enough to keep the defense running smoothly overall.
Haden had a rough night last game against Miami. He was on the rookie Preston Williams and gave up a few catches to him where he looked like the young receiver roasted him.
The defense eventually found themselves, and Haden settled down a bit, but they need to start faster against a better opponent this week. Haden will have a little less to worry about with Hilton out for the game.
The entire secondary will have an easier time without having to worry about Hilton, but they will need to stay focused and not let the rest of their receivers beat them. Haden will be a large part of that as the veteran leader of the secondary for the Steelers defense.