Why the Steelers defense makes or breaks their unbeaten season

T.J. Watt #90 of the Pittsburgh Steelers (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)
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With a few offensive roadblocks still yet to come on the Steelers road to perfection, can the defense deliver?

Up to this point in the 2020 NFL season, the Pittsburgh Steelers undefeated performance has been a headlining story for all football fans to follow. Throughout this span, the star-studded defense has been widely credited as the prime reason for such an achievement. Which is appropriate, as not only has the Steel City squad had their fair share of takeaways leading up to now, but because it is the number one requirement for continuing the current winning streak (as of November 14th).

This is due to there being multiple obstacles on the remaining slate that hold more noteworthy offenses for Pittsburgh to have to try and stop. And to make matters worse, there are at this moment no remaining bye weeks. Instead, there is a game between each of the foes that will be discussed here today.

Baltimore Ravens @ Pittsburgh Steelers

Does anyone even need an explanation for this one? You can call Lamar Jackson a quarterback, you can call him a running back, as long as you do not say that he is easy to contain. As one of the most exciting players to watch, he doesn’t particularly need much attrition on the field with him. However, he has some. This is one of the scariest offenses in the entire league to face and Pittsburgh does it every year, twice.

Baltimore has already fallen to the Steelers once this season, but it was still a narrow contest littered with preventable turnovers on Jackson’s behalf. If he’s just a tad more careful with the ball, the Steelers will have a fight on their hands tougher than any other prior to this point.