4 daring predictions for Steelers vs. Rams in Week 7 showdown

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3. Diontae Johnson finds the endzone for the Steelers

It has been a rough stretch for veteran receiver Diontae Johnson. He had a down year last season thanks to the entire offense being limited with rookie quarterback issues and a poor scheme, and he failed to find the endzone. The hope was for him to get that proverbial monkey off his back early this season, but he instead got hurt in week one and has been on injured reserve.

Johnson seems poised to return this week, and he has been very vocal about how ready he is to get back out there and help this team. Frankly, the offense could use the boost in the passing game. While George Pickens has proven to be a star in his absence, the rest of the receiving room has been hot and cold.

I think Pittsburgh is looking to get him involved early. He nets two receptions on the first drive, the second of them resulting in a trip to the endzone. This gets Johnson resettled as a top option for this team and provides a spark that this offense has been lacking with him injured.

You can also count this as a double-bold prediction because this would feature the Steelers scoring on their first drive, something that has rarely happened with Matt Canada as coordinator. Johnson has a welcome-back party this week, and it starts early in the game with him finding the endzone.