4 reasons why Steelers early bye week will hurt their Super Bowl chances this year
Fatigue will set in
It doesn’t matter if these are some of the best athletes in the world. When you play the most physical team game on the planet over the course of four months without a break, your body is going to be exhausted. That’s what will happen to Steelers players if their midseason bye week is taken away.
While some players will no doubt be playing through injuries as Pittsburgh inches towards the playoffs, others may see a decline in play due to fatigue. As I mentioned before, benching players may not be an option; unless the Steelers want to risk dropping their seed heading into the playoffs.
With an aging Ben Roethlisberger and an offensive line with probably their three best players in their 30s, it’s going to be hard to dive into the playoffs without having a chance for their bodies to recuperate.
The Steelers are legitimate contenders in 2020, but being forced to have their bye week this early throws a wrench into their season this year. Let’s hope it’s not enough to derail them from earning a shot at the Super Bowl this year.