The season has been a disaster for the 2-6 Steelers, and last week allowing over 600 yards and 55 points, it may have hit rock bottom against the Patriots.
Sunday though the team is finally back at home, taking on the Bills, a team that has had similar issues like the Steelers this season, with a first-year head coach and a young team looking to get better.
Can the Steelers finally get a win and give the fans something to be thankful about? Read below at our keys as well as our prediction to find out.
1. Make Manuel Feel The Heat – It’s something the team was able to do more in their last game at home vs the Ravens, and that’s put pressure on the QB. Rookie E.J. Manuel is expected to be back and get the start, his first in a couple weeks coming back from injury. The Steelers LB’s and front three have to make him wish he stayed at home, something they didn’t do enough of in losses the last two weeks to Terrelle Pryor and Tom Brady.
2. Back To Fundamentals – DC Dick LeBeau stepped up and took the blame for the awful defense a week ago vs the Pats, and this week the Steelers D has a shot to get back to basics against the Bills. Buffalo has some solid talent at the RB spot as well as Stevie Johnson at WR, and the Steelers need to play the type of football that saw them go 8 quarters without allowing a TD. Not the one that allowed four in a quarter to the Pats.
3. Be Physical On Offense – The line last week did allow Ben Roethlisberger some time to throw the ball, which is why the team was able to get back into the game. Against the Bills, they have a beast of a pass rusher in Mario Williams, which is why they have to make sure to give help on him, as well as make sure to establish Le’Veon Bell early and not let the game-plan be so one-sided towards throwing the ball. Let’s see if they can push the Bills around as they did the Ravens three weeks ago.
Prediction: If this Steelers team has one last gasp left in the 2013 season, this is it. They have to make sure to get back to the type of football that they played against the Jets and Ravens, the only good football they have played this season. I look for Le’Veon Bell’s first 100-yard game, and I think the defense makes it a long day yet again against a rookie QB. Look for the Steelers, somehow, someway, to get out tomorrow with a win. Pittsburgh 23 Buffalo 17