The Steelers Season Lately
If you would have asked me a week ago, I would have told you the Steelers were a guarantee to make the playoffs this year. Being in control of their own destiny just a week ago, all Pittsburgh had to do was beat the bottom dwellers of the AFC North: the 5-10 Ravens and our 3-12 Browns to make the playoffs this year.
As many people on this website know, I am not right 100% of the time and this instance was a huge example of that. After losing to the Ravens last week, the Steelers are now on the outside looking in.
With possibly the best offense in the NFL right now, it is crazy to think the Steelers might not even make it into the playoffs, but do not be fooled. This Steelers team is not without its weaknesses.
Two of the big weaknesses the Steelers had in the 2015 season were ball security in the passing game and their passing defense.
While the Steelers passing offense is known as one of the best passing games in the NFL, they have committed many turnovers from their passing game. Pittsburgh has thrown 19 interceptions this season, which is tied for the third most in the league behind Denver and Dallas.
This just shows that while relying heavily on the passing game has its benefits, it has its negative points as well. Then there is the more obvious weakness — the Steelers passing defense.
The Steelers passing defense gives up 278.2 passing yards per game, which is also third most in the NFL. Even an inexperienced quarterback like Manziel would be able to carve up the Steelers defense without much of a problem.
There is no denying that the Steelers are one of the better teams in the NFL. However, because of those faults and key injuries to players like Roethlisberger and running back Le’Veon Bell, that is why the Steelers are in the position they are in today.
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