Steelers Week 7: Cheers, Jeers & Fears
James Harrison is the football version of a relief pitcher.
He walks out like Mariano Rivera with “Renegade” playing in the background (instead of “Enter Sandman”) and takes the ball from the young guns to show them how it’s done.
“Oh mama I’m in fear for my life from the long-arm of the law,” should ring in opposing offensive linemen’s and quarterbacks’ heads when he steps on the field.
Harrison went classic Deebo on the fateful sack that sealed the deal on another great win at Arrowhead Stadium.
The Steelers proved me wrong on Sunday. I didn’t think they would look bad, I just thought there was too much stacked against them to come out with a win.
Sure, it took a crazy bounce and catch by AB to get the win, but sometimes you need that luck to win on the road. I’m not complaining, and neither should you.
Brown and Bell balled-out to the tune of 349 total yards and two touchdowns between them. For any of the naysayers, Bell is surely back to form.
Now Pittsburgh faces a divisional game at home against a Bengals team still trying to find its way. It’s going to be a scrappy game, but this is a chance for the Steelers to distance themselves even more in the AFC North.
Here are my cheers, jeers, and fears for this week’s matchup against the Bengals.
I could go a few different ways with this, but I am going to give this one to the defense, and specifically, the front seven.
Kansas City had nine yards of total offense in the first half and didn’t even get a first down until after the two-minute warning.
They were dominant.
After getting torched by Leonard Fournette the week prior, this defense stopped the leagues’ leading rusher in his tracks, holding Kareem Hunt to only 21 rushing yards on nine carries.
The defense still has room to grow, mainly with Artie Burns in coverage, but it was overall a very encouraging effort.
Pittsburgh needs to find a way to punch it in once they get down inside the 20. This is what will win you championships, not field goals.
I like that they got a little creative with splitting Bell out as a receiver, but sometimes I would rather have him in the backfield pass protecting for Ben with an option to slip our for an easy catch and run.
It’s nit-picky, but it’s something to keep an eye out for going forward.
With the weapons of Bell, Brown, Bryant, and now an emerging JuJu, it shouldn’t be too much of a problem.
A common thought during the Tomlin-era is that the Steelers only play to the level of their opponent.
There is some validity to this claim considering some inexplicable losses to bad teams in the past. If Pittsburgh wants to have a special season, they must beat the teams they are supposed to beat.
The Bengals this week could fall into that “playing down to their opponent” category. Andy Dalton has not played well, and the only redeeming person on that team has been AJ Green.
Joe Mixon is an up-and-coming running back but lacks experience.
I expect the defense to get after Dalton and force him to throw at least one interception, if not a pair, by the fourth quarter.
This sets up as another game where Bell could see a heavy workload and bust out for another 100+ yard game.