Friday, October 23, 2015

3 Rivers Rundown 10.23.15: New Steelers For A New Generation #Steelers

By @Kratoslives

How can a injury galvanize a whole team? We suck in the secondary. Our linebackers are unproven and young. More important than that, we lost our franchise quarterback to a knee injury.

Well, say hello to the NFL's version of last season's Cleveland Cavaliers. Injuries are wrecking the Steelers' starting lineup. But just like the Cavs, the Steelers needed to make a move.

Now, we have to get current Steelers' quarterback Michael Vick up to speed. Also, Pittsburgh needs to give LeVeon Bell the ball & continue to give Martavis Bryant opportunities in the passing game.

Guess our season is over.... WRONG!!

It was just the spark we needed! The defense has started to gel. Especially in the secondary, which was giving fans and coaches alike, nightmares and bad dreams.

The front seven already have 17 sacks compare to last year's total of 33. Cam Heyward has turned into a force that offensive coordinators hate, while defensive end Stephon Tuitt leads the team with 3.5 sacks. This "hybrid 3/4 Tampa 2" defense has bad intentions that is making Steelers Nation proud. All of the main starting linebackers have sacks.

The offense has scored just enough to win, except for the Cardinals game (which was a team effort). With the most unlikely savior on offense, Landry Jones, coming in to ice the game. I believe that Big Ben will make his return either against the Chiefs or Bengals. It seems as if the football Gods are lining us up for another Super Bowl run. This time though, it seems to be the run that will make this team a more deadly force to deal with. We have a late bye week, with a chance for a first round playoff bye week, due to many AFC teams that are coming back to Earth.

With a good push and hopefully better luck on the injury front, the Steelers will make a deep run in the playoffs.

We must start with a beat down of the depleted Kansas City Chiefs, that will be without star running back Jamaal Charles, and an offensive line in worse shape than Pittsburgh's.

I'm looking for a 5-6 sack performance from the Steelers' front 7, with a couple of interceptions thrown in for good measure. This should be backed by 130 yards rushing by the aforementioned Bell. Receivers Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant should both have 130 yard receiving outings apiece. I'm expecting this, no matter if its Landry Jones or Big Ben Roethlisberger taking snaps under center.

So on Sunday, we begin the reboot of our season and we have 12 games to set the tone. No excuses. No "well, this happened". Nothing is acceptable other than a appearance in the AFC championship game.

So buckle up, take a deep breath and deliver on what Mike Tomlin has on the wall plaque;

"The Standard Is The Standard"

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