4 burning questions Steelers must answer vs. Bengals
By Andrew Falce
Can the Steelers overcome their injuries?
One of the worst outcomes of the Raiders game wasn’t the actual loss itself. The Steelers entered the game relatively banged up, as Joe Haden and Devin Bush both didn’t dress, and they left the game in far worse shape. Joining those two on the injury report are Ben Roethlisberger, Watt, Highsmith, Diontae Johnson, and Tyson Alualu (who was lost for the season). To say this group isn’t healthy is an understatement.
Now, despite the lengthy injury list, some of these players will play. The issue then becomes is how healthy are they going to be playing if they suit up? While the Steelers have some depth at all of these positions, injuries are already testing this team. Defensive injuries were a primary reason the team lost on Sunday, and they aren’t any healthier going into this week.
The team needs to prove that either they are healthy enough to still be a good team or have good enough depth to overcome their depth issues. No matter what happens, this answer will be figured out on Sunday as the team faces the Bengals. Either the Steelers will be healthy enough/deep enough to compete or they will falter under their injury woes. It is discouraging to see such a lengthy injury list so early in the season though.
With the Steelers coming off a tough loss and having a key divisional game this week, the team will have to answer these four questions before they face the Bengals. With the team starting their divisional games in week three, it is vital that a competitive team shows up to face the Bengals. Before that can happen though, these four questions need an answer.