AFC North standings: Steelers try to keep their heads above water heading into Week 9

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2nd: Pittsburgh Steelers are starting to fall apart heading into Week 9

Very little to like from this past game for the Steelers. It was their own fault they lost, no matter how much the team barks at the refs. Those calls seemed to be one-sided, but no matter what they cannot force the Steelers to be that bad. Pittsburgh has not seen a football club this bad in a long time, but then again, they haven't seen one luckier either.

Jacksonville dismantled this team last week, and even if all of the calls on the Steelers dissipated, it still would have been bad. The defense for Pittsburgh had no restraint against the Jaguars other than their turnovers. The offense was silent all game other than their long drive that resulted in three points. Things are ugly with this football team.

Kenny Pickett has been the root of the problem for this offense and the excuses are running thin on him. He is an older (new) quarterback that might need more time to develop but Will Levis just showed last week that a young quarterback could show positive things and have big games still. You can learn and still have a strong game once and a while.

Pickett has failed that and now it will surprise most if he can go after suffering a rib injury on Sunday. It's a short week for the Steelers as the Tennessee Titans come to town. It seems like it will be more of the same for the black and gold this week no matter if it's Pickett or Mitch Trubisky starting. Expect the defense to look foolish and hope for turnovers to try and spark the offense.