The Steelers have already created an blemish to their storied history in the 2013-14 season by starting 0-3 for the first time since 2000. Now the Steelers have to avoid starting the season at 0-4 for the first time in 45 years.
Across the seas into London Pittsburgh goes, whereas one team, the Minnesota Vikings, or the Steelers will leave back to the states winless still (unless the unlikely event of a tie occurs).
The Steelers are still searching for answers on offense. The ground game is averaging 51.7 yards per game, 31st in the NFL. Rookie “stud” Le’Veon Bell MAY play in London, he EXPECTS to play, however in his first game of NFL regular season competition, poses the question if he can turn the dreadful run game around. The Steelers woes on the offensive line will play a large part in Bell’s success as they are still searching for answers with Kelvum Beachum replacing Mike Adams & Marcus Gilbert. Bottom line: Everything is on shaky ground.
As the Steelers press conference on the 24th concluded, Mike Tomlin mentioned that it will still be “business as usual” in regards to Pittsburgh’s trip to London. However, the pressure is on. And, the Steelers are a ‘L’ away from simply having to admit that the team is in total panic mode. As cool as Tomlin comes off with his usual business approach and “nothing’s changed” manner, the state of the team speaks the contrary.
The air was totally sucked out of the Steelers after the Sunday night game vs. Chicago. Although the offense showed flashes of improvement, the offense also placed the defense, yet again, in bad spots where turnovers ruined a near 20 point deficit. Felix Jones & Ben Roethlisberger both turned over the ball in key spots. The offensive line collapsed far too many times. As quickly as things looked as though there were signs of improvement, the team regressed yet again & crumbled before our eyes.
The Steelers still have time to right the ship. No team has ever won the Super Bowl in September. However, that is one hell of an optimistic view for a team who’s still searching on a way to win for the first time since December 2012.