5 bold predictions for the Steelers in Week 13 vs Washington
Roethlisberger struggles to keep the team moving
Building off the first point, I think this is a game that Roethlisberger shows some real weakness. The Football Team has a talented secondary that is also heavily aided by the team’s pass rush. Their defensive line as a whole is comprised mostly of former first-round picks, and they each can find a way to get into the backfield. Despite the offensive line’s decent protection so far this year, I would expect the Football Team to generate some serious pressure.
While a typical team may be able to overcome this by exploiting the Football Team’s average run defense, but the Steelers have shown they don’t trust their run game, especially when James Conner isn’t the lead back. If Benny Snell is set to start again, the team will likely revert to their spread style and ignore the run unless absolutely necessary. That plays right into this Football Team’s strength.
Expect Roethlisberger to get pressured early and often in this game. Three sacks aren’t out of the question, and neither is a couple of additional turnovers that he could have as a result. Thus, he has a 3-2-1 kind of day: three sacks, two interceptions, and a fumble off of a Montez Sweat sack. While he will have his opportunities to make some plays, this defense is one that should concern the Steelers.