Pros and cons if Steelers vs. Titans Week 4 matchup gets postponed
With such an early bye week, there are definitely disadvantages for the latter part of the season
The Pittsburgh Steelers have a few key injuries now, but they are not that unhealthy, especially on defense. Defense is the side of the ball Pittsburgh is counting on to win them games at the current moment, and as evidenced in the second half of their Week 4 match up they can do it.
Furthermore, if they were to sustain a couple injuries in the middle part of the season, losing a week 8 bye would hurt. The final 3rd of the season is where teams are expected to be working towards their best as they aim to peak in the playoffs. An extra week to prepare for their Week 9 match up with the Cowboys may be missed. The last time they faced off, Ezekiel Elliott would score a walk-off touchdown run right after a fake spike touchdown pass to Antonio Brown. This inter-conference match up might be the toughest test against an NFC team Pittsburgh will have all season.
Ben does play his best ball towards the end of the season and that will go a long way, because if injuries start piling up he will have to be able to carry this Pittsburgh Steelers team through, and into the playoffs. If the Steelers start losing key starters on either the offensive or defensive line, which are their older position groups, while getting ready for the playoffs, then Steelers are going to have a lot of trouble to deal with clinching a playoff berth for the 2020 season. This is especially true for the offensive line as they are already down a starting-caliber tackle for the rest of the season.
Having the bye week now would help in an important stretch of divisional games as the Steelers look to set up a playoff berth early in the season. That being said, a Week 8 bye is the best time to have one. The Steelers are more than likely hoping that the game does not get pushed back as a result, but we will have to wait and see.