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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Indianapolis Colts running back Nyheim Hines (21) and Indianapolis Colts quarterback Philip Rivers (17) . Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports /

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On paper, the Colts have probably the “worst” offense, if you will, out of these three teams. But there is certainly no shame in that. Indianapolis has managed to build up a 6-3 record, which currently holds them as a solid contender in the AFC hierarchy. And with Philip Rivers leading the offensive regime for Indianapolis, that is how you know that yards are brewing long before the game has even begun. The previous two quarterbacks need to be watched in regards to the use of their feet more than most others in the league. However, this will be almost solely a passing offense out of Rivers on December 27th. So Minkah, do your thing.

But just because Rivers typically refrains from taking off does not mean that the Colts have no running game whatsoever. Headlined by Nyheim Hines and Jonathan Taylor, the Indianapolis rushing attack is no laughing matter despite its young backs. The duo is not only swift but hard to bring down.

Now does Pittsburgh have players that are capable of halting Hines and Taylor? Yes. It is just crucial to remember that knowing this should not go to anyone’s heads, as the Steelers have already appeared to have struggled greatly with less in their way. Just capitalize on Rivers’ abundance of deep throws and wrap up the backs. Then it’s game over for Indy.

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The depth of the entire Pittsburgh Steelers defense is enough to stifle any opposing teams’ end zone plans. Questioning their ability to do so has never been the issue. Rather it has been the escaping of games that should have been resounding wins that scares fans everywhere. Such hollow victories cannot continue. The time has come for the World’s Team to show what it’s made of.