3 things we learned from Steelers loss against Buffalo Bills

Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers (Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images)
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The Steelers need to recapture the ‘mojo’ that existed for the first 11 games of the season

Whatever Mike Tomlin, our HC, and leader of our football team, did through the first 11 games of the season worked as we found ourselves undefeated and ‘on a roll’.  Unfortunately, that ‘roll’ came to a screeching halt against the Washington Football Team and continued against the Bills on Sunday night.

At least in the last two games, the Steelers offense has struggled with consistency and the Steelers defense has become more ‘leaky’ than we can afford at this point in the season.  So what’s the answer to ‘right the ship’?  I think it’s very simple: win a game.

Winning a game, preferably next week’s game against the Bengals, will ‘right the ship’ and will hopefully put us back on the track on which we want to be, which is the winning track, but not just the winning track for one game.  We need the winning streak to extend into February and beyond.

The Steelers are a very good, but flawed team

I know I have stated the above several times and some of you may be tired of hearing me state it.  Some of you may also be tired of hearing me state the following: I bleed Black and Gold and have bled that way since 1978.

I think Coach Tomlin can recapture the aforementioned ‘mojo’, but I think we need to re-evaluate what we are doing on both sides of the ball.  We need to get the running game back on track.  I don’t think that is a controversial statement by any stretch of the imagination.

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I also think we need to play less ‘Cover 1’ and more of a traditional style of defense given the fact we are down to playing with backups to backups.  It will be very difficult to overcome the injuries we have had on the defensive side of the ball if we keep calling plays on defense that would potentially expose said backups.

If we play to our strengths on both sides of the ball and limit our exposure, we will be just fine.