2. Dan Moore starts for the Steelers and plays well
It hasn’t been a great start to the season for Dan Moore so far. Despite handily winning the left tackle job out of training camp, he struggled early when up against some of the top pass rushers in the league. While I do believe his lowly PFF grade is a bit off and he has been better than said grade, it hasn’t been a strong third season for the veteran.
That said, it appears as though Mike Tomlin has yet to move on from him fully despite a strong showing from rookie Broderick Jones while Moore was injured. Frankly, the fact they haven’t announced Jones as the guy makes me think that Moore is penciled in to start.
While I can hear a lot of you audibly groan over this, I don’t think this is a horrible idea. While Aaron Donald is one of the best pass rushers in the league, he should be wreaking havoc along the interior of the line. Moore will primarily see rookie edge rusher Byron Young, who has looked good so far but is still developing.
I think Moore ends up having the strongest game out of every Steelers lineman on Sunday. The pressure is obviously on him, as Jones could take on the starting role anytime now, and I think that brings out the best in Moore. He puts together a fine performance at tackle even if the fanbase still continues to pile blame on him.