Do the Steelers deserve Super Bowl hype?
Updated: Oct 26, 2020
The Steelers are the lone NFL football team that remains undefeated in the league. It's time to start putting some respect on the 2020 Steelers. The majority of the media slept on this Steelers team coming into the new season and they're looking like fools. Especially Colin Cowherd, but we will give him credit in coming out saying he was wrong with his 8-8 prediction coming into the season. Through 7 weeks the Steelers look like they're ready to compete for a Championship, but they still need to clean up quite a few issues. Again, they might be 6-0, but they're far from perfect.
Derrick Henry has been a force to reckon with this season. The Steelers defense held him to under 100 yards and only 1 touchdown for the entire game. He only averaged 3.8 yards per carry as well. That is impressive. The Steelers have the number 1 run defense in the NFL and they weren't having any of it from Henry on Sunday. They will be coming into Baltimore who loves to rush the football as well, but typically division games are tough football games.
The Steelers have also cleaned up their 3rd down issues on offense by going 13 of 17. They recognized the Titans are the worst on 3rd down and they exploited them throughout the game. Ben played well, but he did have 3 interceptions. He came into the Titans game with only 1 though. The big issue with the Steelers right now is playing a full complete football game. At times they start games slow and other times they just can't seem to hold on to their lead. They need to play to win the game! Especially when they get to the playoffs. If they hit the gas and gain a big lead they need to keep that lead!
Another issue with the Steelers seems to be in regards to Ben Roethlisberger who can't seem to throw the deep ball down the field much. He only averaged 7.2 yards downfield against the Titans. Maybe this is just the Steeler's way of keeping pressure off of Ben's arm and save it for the playoffs? There is a method to the madness when it comes to the Steelers.
The positive from every one of the Steelers games this season is Ben's ability to target many different wide-receivers and be productive. It keeps the opponents guessing every game on who will have the hot hand each game. Ben is also getting the ball out at 2.27 seconds which is the fastest of any quarterback in the NFL per Pro Football Focus.
It is a shame we couldn't see the Steelers-Chiefs play each other during the regular season which could give us a big indication of what to expect in the playoffs. Especially if it came down to the Steelers-Chiefs in the AFC Championship. The Steelers deserve all of the respect in the world right now and are looking like a Super Bowl-caliber team at this point, but let's hold back on giving them all of the hype because in past years when they were told they were a Super Bowl team they ended up losing to teams like the Jacksonville Jaguars. So it's best to keep them as an underdog. They seem to play better that way, but what better way would it be to see Ben Roethlisberger get his 3rd Super Bowl trophy while bringing the 7th Championship to Pittsburgh.