Well, after that nerve wracking finish we could all use a pushover game against a team that will allow our offense to really open up and our defense to lock down.
That would be nice, right?
You should know by now that the Steelers never have that kind of luck.
They face the Arizona Cardinals, one of the best teams in the league this season, just six days after the tough Monday night win.
Pittsburgh showed last week that they can win without Ben. It might not be easy, but they can do it.
My cheers, jeers and fears this week were a little tougher because I’m not too afraid of anything following last week, but I also feel like there isn’t much to cheer.
But, here goes.
This one is going out to the whole offensive unit, including Big Ben. You could tell that Ben was offensive coordinator 1A against San Diego, especially when he was drawing up plays.
You know that the final play had his hands all over it, that’s how Ben plays and they didn’t deviate from it.
Vick made plays when he needed to and Bell looks like the best back in the league again, but someone seems to be missing these past few games.
This leads me into some jeers.
Antonio Brown, I’m looking at you. This is where the best wide receiver in the league needs to shine. Even if he is being double covered, it isn’t for the whole game and he needs to make better use of the times he’s going against man-to-man.
In the past two games he has failed to rack-up 100 total yards and only has eight catches. Compare that to his first three games where he had over 100 yards a game and at least nine receptions a game.
Now, yes this does have to do with Vick being in the backfield, but if you watch the game Brown seems nonexistent.
Bell has been carrying this team, and if Brown can bring his play up while Ben is out I will rest a little easier.
There are two things I am pretty worried about.
One, the Cincinnati Bengals. They are good people. No more Bungles with their 5-0 record and an Andy Dalton with a wealth of weapons that could beat any defense.
The second is Ben rushing himself to come back early. There are so many reports saying that he wants to come back this week. THIS WEEK. Ben, I love you and can’t wait for you to be back under center, but do us all a favor and sit this one out.
Get stronger and come back to beat the Bengals.
With all that said, this week will be tough.
The Cardinals defense is tough. Just last week they forced six turnovers. Pittsburgh will need to play it safe and have a strong running presence with Bell and De’Angelo Williams.
Knowing that Ben will probably be back next week might give Vick more of a green light to take off again.
I doubted the Steelers last week and was happy to be proven wrong. This week I have another bad feeling.
Cardinals win a close one 23-20.