The Steelers must find a way to put teams away on the offensive side of the ball
I am nothing if not fair. I give credit where credit is due. Matt Canada called a pretty good game against the Raiders, but he and Mike Tomlin must find a way to secure victory on the offensive side of the ball if we are going to make nay noise, as it were, this season.
We can't continue to rely on the defense to close out games. I am quite sure Tomlin hears what plays Canada is calling. In the fourth quarter when it matters the most, we need to call plays that are going to matriculate the ball down the field, to coin a Hank Stram saying.
We also need to find a way to convert third downs. Through three games, the Steelers offense is converting third downs at a 'tick' over thirty-four percent. That is not sustainable. On the defensive side of the ball, we continue to give up yards at an alarming rate.
We are allowing an average of three hundred and eighty-seven yards per game. I know it's early in the season and I know we are playing without Cam Heyward, but that's where coaching has to supersede the loss of a player like Heyward.
I also know in the end it's about giving up points, but the more yards you give up, the more points you will eventually give. It's nearly a mathematical certainty. We gave up eleven points in the fourth quarter without scoring any. That's not good.
As Tomlin has repeatedly said, it's good to work on the opportunities you have with a win under your belt. I agree, but we still have a lot of opportunities. Hey, we will take the win. Let's see if we can keep the momentum going.