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The song above, Panic (on the streets of London) by The Smiths, is a good way to summarize the Pittsburgh Steelers as they prepare to face off against the Minnesota Vikings in London, England on Sunday.
Pittsburgh is off to a horrendous start for 2013. 0-3. Consecutive losses to the Tennessee Titans, Cincinnati Bengals and Chicago Bears have made this team look quite amateurish, and the bleeding must be stopped in London if they wish to salvage what they can from this season.
Even though the NFL is considered a passing league in this day and age, having a consistent running back is needed for a team to produce wins. That being said, the Steelers’ run game has looked atrocious in three games, totaling 124 rush yards between three players at the position. Those players being Isaac Redman, Jonathan Dwyer and Felix Jones.
Their backfield could see some life added to it this weekend, as this year’s second round draft pick, Le’Veon Bell, is listed as probable for the contest. Bell suffered a foot injury on the opening drive of his preseason debut, and left fans wondering if he will be able to contribute to the offense as they had hoped this season.
As seen with the return of Heath Miller in week three, an added play maker does not instantly guarantee a victory. This applies to Le’Veon, as well. Pittsburgh’s offense must come together as a whole and cease to commit turnovers that have cost them dearly. The offense has turned the ball over a total of seven in the past three weeks. If this tend continues, it will send the Steelers into the abyss of a further consecutive loss record.
It has been mentioned more than likely the same number of times that NFL Network mentions Peyton Manning in a television show, but Pittsburgh’s offensive line has got to come through for Ben Roethlisberger in a big way. He challenged his offensive line to play like the players that he knows them to be: a young group of individuals that have the ability to be one of the best front five in the game of football.
They will need to be at peak performance on Sunday, as the Vikes defense, headlined by Jared Allen and Brian Robison, will look to put away the Steelers’ offense early and often, as they are too searching for their first win of the season.
On defense, the Steelers may be seeing corner back Cortez Allen returning to their starting line up, also. This will be a definite plus, as the Vikings offense will look a bit different with Matt Cassel behind center this weekend.
He may not be a factor, though, as Cassel has struggled to be a consistent quarterback since he left the New England Patriots after filling in for Tom Brady for an entire season in 2008.
The X Factor for the Viking’s offense, as always, remains to be Adrian Peterson. Peterson has rushed for 281 yards this season, averaging four yards a carry. This is 157 more yards than the Steelers’ combined effort of 124. The containment of Peterson is paramount for the Steelers’ defense.
On a final note, while the offense is struggling to not to perform turnovers, the defense is not having the best time making them happen. Pittsburgh’s defense has yet to force a turnover on any offense this year.
The key to victory for the Steelers will be if they have the ability to force turnovers on Minnesota’s offense. They have the personnel to do so with the likes of Jarvis Jones, LaMarr Woodley, Lawrence Timmons and Troy Polamalu. Being able to utilize these play makers will be the deciding factor in if the Steelers pick up their first win of the season, or continue to add to their loss record.
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Le’Veon is the Steelers’ starting running back: Bell wasn’t special in his career debut, but he showed that he is the best running back the Steelers have. Bell showed his ability to be a hard-nosed runner and the ability to be elusive. His first touchdown run was very impressive. He read the defense, and he reacted very well. Bell only managed 57 yards on the day, but he came...
The Pittsburgh Steelers have wrapped up their Friday practice in London as they prepare to play the Minnesota Vikings Sunday at Wembley Stadium and the final injury report has now been released.
After being limited on Thursday, tight end Heath Miller (ankle) practiced fully Friday and is listed as probable on the injury report.
In addition to Miller, cornerback Cortez Allen (ankle...
Good one, Steelers.
You really had us going for a while, there.
Starting the 2013 season 0-4? C’mon.
That hasn’t happened since 1968.
This is one hell of a practical joke you’re pulling on us.
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According to Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Steelers tight end Heath Miller ( knee) was limited in Thursday’s practice.
#Steelers TE Heath Miller was limited in practice today (knee)
— Mark Kaboly (@MarkKaboly_Trib) September 26, 2013
It sounds like the Steelers are limiting Miller’s work as a precaution since he just came off of ACL rehab.
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