3 keys of the Steelers Week 15 vs. Bengals
The Pittsburgh Steelers (11-2) look to rebound their recent losses as they head to face division foe Cincinnati Bengals (2-11).
If the Pittsburgh Steelers can prove anything in 2020, it’s that any given Sunday, any team can win. Or it could be that history reiterated that the chances of going undefeated in the regular season are slim to none, as only two teams in the Super Bowl era have accomplished this feat.
the frustrations aren’t because they were unable to go undefeated, instead because of how they lost those games and continue not to improve. The constant themes of dropping passes, slow starts, a non-existent running game, an efficient but inefficient offense, and now injuries plaguing the depth of your defense is finally starting to boil over the success of the Steelers.
Can these issues be fixed? The primary task for the organization is believing the issues can and should be fixed but that it just hasn’t happened yet. Inline to play the Cincinnati Bengals for the second time this season, they can use this game as such to do so.
The Steelers “three keys” hem to one
If any reader has been gracious enough in keeping up with these weekly pieces, first of all, let me give thanks. My articles are typically three sub-headings as commentary follows to backup the three keys listed, one being provided by Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin. However, we are switching it to one this week as they take on the Bengals.
The reason being, they’re beginning to sound like a broken record at this point. As stated before, the trends that have been developing are haunting them now. With full confidence, the Bengals provide nothing as a team that the Steelers need to key on to come out victorious. Understandably, it’s still a division matchup and we need to not to be naive of the focus they need to maintain.
Pittsburgh has to reestablish themselves. In their defense, they haven’t been dealt the best hand this year regarding the number of schedule changes and early bye, likely causing a physical drain no player on the team has had to experience before – but it’s becoming situational and fundamental more so than effort.
They need to find success in the identity they have created on offense or either make a sudden change. A new offensive coordinator isn’t anytime soon & Randy Fichtner deserves blame for the lack of offensive performances. Receivers also have to do better by QB Ben Roethlisberger, who hasn’t been the best as of late either.
As for the defense, they will only get better as names return from injury, but nearly no worry exists on that side of the ball.
Entering with an advantage against Cincinnati in almost every area, Pittsburgh has a great chance of turning around the little details failing them.