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Steelers Gab 2013 Week 3 NFL Preview – Chicago At Pittsburgh


It’s week three and the Steelers are back on National TV, taking on the 2-0 Chicago Bears. The Steelers thus far have been rather awful, scoring two TD’s in two games, and really getting nothing going in the run game.

They will try to do that, as well as slow down Jay Cutler and the Bears, who on offense have been very good in their two wins over the Bengals and Vikings.

Here’s our three keys to the Steelers avoiding their first 0-3 start since 2001, and also our final prediction for if this team is going to get a win.

1. Have a Plan – Sounds simple, but it seems the last two weeks the Steelers plan on offense has been a wing and a prayer. Hopefully with a week with TE Heath Miller back, the club will be a little more consistent, though I wouldn’t expect a ton from him. As for Ben and the WR’s, they had better be better than last week, and no more sideline blowups between the star WR and offensive coordinator.

2. Don’t Play Scared – The team is 0-2, and it’s a fact that the team has overcome 0-2 starts a couple times to make the postseason, including 1993 and more recently, 2002. The team plays better when they are confident, and this week it’s time to start playing with some swagger again, instead of looking like a team playing for a high draft choice in 2014.

3. Jump Out Early – Last week the team was up 3-0 and could have been up more if it were not for the David Paulson fumble at the Cincy 13. It seemed before the fumble things were going the Steelers way, and they were ready to go up 6 or 10 to nothing. Instead, they were back on their heels, and while it was 10-10 at the half, it seemed they blew a golden chance to have a big early lead. If that chance presents itself again, they have to take it.

Prediction – I think this is finally the week. The Bears are 2-0, but last week Jay Cutler threw three picks, and lost a fumble that was returned for a TD. There is no doubt that the Bears are not a perfect team, and with the Steelers playing for their lives, they need to do whatever it takes to win the game. I think they will get some short fields, and the black and gold will have a bigger night finally on offense to secure a much needed win to hopefully start to get 2013 back on track. Steelers 19 Bears 10

Matt Loede has been in the sports media for over 16 years, with experience covering the MLB, NBA, and NFL. On Sunday’s during football season, you can hear Matt on national networks like Fox Sports Radio, Associated Press, and others. Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio, Matt studies and talks football inside and out, and is anxious to share his thoughts and comments with readers on a daily basis.



  1. George H

    September 22, 2013 at 8:46 am

    If we go down 0-3 the season might not be salvageable. Also I think the title of the article is wrong unless its just my computer

  2. Jim Means

    September 22, 2013 at 10:47 am

    Now listen to me, I’ve been a Steelers fan for 45 yrs. I’m getting to the point of frustration as I’ve never seen a great running team play so badly. A few suggestions and I hope you take them to heart in my attempt to better the team. First of all, if you’ve cut him again, get back Jonathan Dwyer and let him carry the ball 2o- 25 times a game. I feel he is going to be great. For what ever reason you don’t use him, do this, it can only better your on-field production because face it, you do not have a decent or healthy RB right now, unless your intentions are to lose every game of the season! Secondly, Peyton Hillis was cut from Tampa Bay, consider, strongly consider, picking him up real cheap, because let’s face it, he doesn’t have a job, and Pittsburgh desperately needs a running attack. Just imagine, Hillis and Dwyer in your back field, what a combination. And finally, get rid of Todd Haley, look what he did for Kansas City as a head coach, ran them Chiefs into the ground. Well, I’ve vented hopefully you’ll take this comment to heart and get back to the great mixer of a running and passing team you were before.

    • Bob

      September 22, 2013 at 9:11 pm

      Ride Haley out of town on a rail with Tomlin on the back of the rail with him!

  3. Bob

    September 22, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    Tomlin looks like a deer in the headlights trying to figure out who to blame tonight. The idiot head coach has to GO! The Tomlin experiment is a cluster!

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