Will the Broncos send the Steelers to 1-4 on the season?
By Austin Lloyd
With Denver looking solid to start their 2021 slate, could they send the Steelers even further down the NFL ladder with their fourth loss straight?
Just because it sucks to hear does not mean that it isn’t true: the Pittsburgh Steelers are not looking good right now. However, it’s one thing to be bad, it’s another to be dead-last in your division with little-to-no positives to go off of after games.
Pittsburgh is the only team in the AFC North to not hold a record of 3-1; rather, they sit at an abysmal 1-3. Yet, when looking at their roster and coaching experience, there is no reason as to why that should be the case.
Fans and analysts have been giving their two cents left and right about what/who is to blame for such a rocky start, but at this point, the Steelers need to get out of the hole is much more important than knowing why they’re in it.
Unfortunately, though, it appears that working their way back up to relevance is going to need to be put on hold for at least one more Sunday. This is because Pittsburgh is set to face the 3-1 Denver Broncos.
Now Denver has not exactly toppled anyone of merit when earning such a respectable record; in fact, the Baltimore Ravens–far and away from the best team that the Broncos have faced thus far–beat them like a drum in Mile High last weekend, 23-7.
But nonetheless, Denver has managed to look better than the Steelers in the first month of games, and that counts for something. Also, ESPN currently has the teams locked in at even regarding a spread, so the Broncos shallow wins are not holding them back from at least being expected to compete with Pittsburgh.
In my personal opinion, the Steelers are going to fall in this one, but not as much due to how good Denver looks; it has more to do with Pittsburgh merely not looking the part.
And as previously established, nothing and no one is off-limits in the act of casting blame. However, that doesn’t really matter in this case. The Steelers defense has been somewhat disappointing, the offense has been completely dormant, and veteran quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is looking like he should’ve retired after last year.
At this rate, Pittsburgh will probably not win another game or two until they face the Bears and Lions at Heinz Field next month; the teams lined up before then (Seahawks and Browns, respectively) have just appeared to possess a more concrete identity so far. If the Steelers rack on a second victory before November, a miracle will have most likely taken place.