Originally written on SteelerAddicts  |  Last updated 9/22/12

MIAMI - JANUARY 03: Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers throws a pass against the Miami Dolphins at Land Shark Stadium on January 3, 2010 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
If there’s one thing that an offense hates, other than turnovers, it’s 3rd and long. You make yourself much more predictable to the defense and let’s face it, most teams don’t have many 3rd and 20 plays in their offensive game plan. The Steelers have been making a living out of converting large down and distance situations through the first 2 weeks of the season, but how long can they last? The Steelers are currently ranked 3rd in the entire NFL in Time of Possession (35:50 per game); a stat that is very important to a ball control offense. So long as you finish off drives with at least some type of points, preferably Touchdowns of course, you shorten the game and keep the opposition’s scoring chances to a minimum.  It’s a good strategy to live by but the Steelers are doing it the hard way this year. When you don’t have a quality running game, you not only make yourself vulnerable to the pass rush but also you increase your chances of constantly getting into 3rd down and 10, 15, and...
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