Steelers vs. Texans: Why Pittsburgh has cause for concern in Week 3

T.J. Watt #90 of the Pittsburgh Steelers (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
T.J. Watt #90 of the Pittsburgh Steelers (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images) /
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James Conner #30 of the Pittsburgh Steelers (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images) /

Figure out the RB room

The Steelers offense has returned to form this year with Roethlisberger back at the helm, and that combined with a furious pass rush has allowed for the Steelers to start the season off with two wins. The issue has become apparent with the offense though: they lack a clear plan when rushing. The RB usage has been weird, and it seems like the Steelers could be in for another long season from their rushing attack.

Benny Snell started the season off strong, but his fumbling issues have reared their ugly head making him an unreliable option. James Conner has looked a bit slow this year, and his efficiency with the ball has been lackluster. While he did go over 100 rushing yards last week, over half of his yardage came in one run at the end of the game. The team lacks a true threat in the backfield.

In order to have an elite passing game, the Steelers need to establish their running game better. If they want to continue using Conner, they need to get him in a groove early and find a way to keep him healthy. Utilizing Snell would make more sense, but his fumbling issues have made it hard to keep him on the field. Don’t forget about Anthony McFarland either. He has yet to see the field, but his speed could help give a spark in this lackluster rushing attack.

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While the Steelers may be an early favorite in this week three matchup, there are plenty of concerns that could rear their head. If the team can beat out these concerns, they should have no trouble winning. Likewise, if these concerns haunt them on Sunday, the team could be handed their first loss this week.