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Steelers Gab 2017 Week 3 NFL Preview – Pittsburgh at Chicago

3. Play with an Edge

This weeks message from coach Mike Tomlin seemed to be a simple one – focus on the here and now and don’t worry about looking ahead.

“We’ll get prepared with an edge,” Tomlin said.
“We know we’re playing a team that’s going to be hungry. We know we’re going into a hostile environment. And quite frankly, we’re too fragile, we’re too new in this team development process in terms of searching for consistency and an acceptable level of play to take any other approach.”

Too many times in the past the Steelers have come into games that on paper they should dominate with ease, and either flat out lose the game, or allow the underdog team to hang around and nearly score an upset win.

Tomlin is dead on that it’s too early in the year to think the Steelers can throw their helmets on the field and just expect to win. They have to play hard for 60 minutes, do that and they should leave Chicago 3-0.

Prediction: It feels like this should be a game where the offense can easily put up 24-31 points, and Chicago with their offense clearly a long work in progress, shouldn’t be able to do much against a Steelers defense that has looked good thus far. The Bears haven’t run much at all, and Mike Glennon is a stretch as a ‘solid’ starting quarterback in the NFL, even if he did once beat the Steelers in Heinz Field with Tampa Bay. Glennon that fateful day was 21-for-42 with 302 yards, two TD’s and one pick. The Steelers won’t let him do that again, and this time Big Ben and the offense will have enough to get their first win in Chicago in 22 seasons. Pittsburgh 31 Chicago 14

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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. Jay

    September 24, 2017 at 4:40 pm

    Way to go, Tomlin. you just very rightfully earned the very dubious distinction of being the only coach to lose TWICE to Mike Glennon! But it doesn’t surprise me coming from a coach whose existing knowledge of X’s and O’s is Tic-Tac-Toe! Oh, apologists, please come out and let me hear all the Tuitt wasn’t there, Watt wasn’t there, it was too hot, our vaginas hunted, etc. etc. Perhaps the Steelers could reach into their collective purses and pull out some terrible tissues for those terrible tears! Realize they have an overrated QB leading an overrated offense with a pure suck head coach! Easy to hate this team! Hard to root for and breaks my heart having been a fan for so long. No business losing to THAT team, but it’s what Tomlin teams do! No one knows how to tackle or wrap up, they jump started the season for a back who was SUCKING so far this year and, a game plan which should’ve been solely to stop the run knowing Glennon wasn’t gonna beat you…and they couldn’t even do that! Please don’t franchise Bell again next year…let him go rap somewhere…I can’t wait for BB to retire so they have an actual excuse to lose these types of games. could’ve taken a nice 3-0 season record into baltimore next week but by october, this team will be 2-2 and everyone will be saying just wait until we get hot in December…It’s THESE games that prevent us from getting a seventh because we have to play on the road in january as opposed to home. Everyone loves Tomlin…I just can’t wrap my head around it. They have looked like shit so far this year and were lucky to be 2-0. Now, let’s see this unfold! I can’t wait to hear ALL the excuses! Yinzers unite, fall back on your laurels and stay entrenched at 6 for a long, long time!!!!!

  2. Jay

    September 24, 2017 at 5:28 pm

    Oh and by the way, I do agree that holding should’ve been called on both of the final two running plays against the bears, I do agree that league-wide officiating is at best an abomination…doesn’t subtract from the fact that if this team is sooo good, they should never have been in that situation because CHICAGO SUCKS!

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