Which team will the Steelers beat in the playoffs?
Posted April 25, 2018 08:30:22 The Steelers are the clear favorite in the AFC North this season.
They have already clinched a wild-card spot, and are locked in with the Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals as their two wild-cards.
The Steelers defense has been a top-notch unit for years, and they’re going to have to be one of the best in the league if they want to beat the Steelers in the postseason.
How they do that?
Here are the five key areas that will determine whether they can make it to the playoffs: 1.
The offensive line will be one-dimensional.
The Browns, Bengals, and Steelers all rank in the top three in sacks, and the Steelers are in the middle of the pack in that department.
However, they’ll have to find a way to get the run game going in a way that will help their offensive line.
The problem is, the Steelers run defense has never been an elite unit.
The Bengals’ front four was among the worst in the NFL last season, and while the Steelers have a young and inexperienced line, it doesn’t help that they have to play with four quarterbacks.
With the Steelers’ offensive line struggling to stay healthy, that might not be an option going forward.
Pittsburgh needs to improve in pass protection and play better pass-rush in order to have any chance of winning in the division.
It’s time for the Steelers to do a better job of protecting their quarterback, and that starts with the offensive line, which is one of their biggest weaknesses.
The linebackers will be solid.
Pittsburgh’s defensive line is one reason why the Steelers haven’t won more than seven games in a season since 2004.
The unit was so bad in 2014 that the Steelers had to move on from defensive end Mario Williams and defensive end Lawrence Timmons, and Pittsburgh didn’t sign any free agents in free agency.
But that doesn’t mean the line can’t be a force this season, especially when they have the help of rookie linebacker Jarvis Jones, who can play on the weak side.
Pittsburgh has two of the league’s best pass-rushers in Markus Golden and Markus Golden Jr., but Jones will help the team in run defense, and he could play inside and outside, giving the Steelers a huge edge against the run.
Jones has played in every game this season and is the best pass rusher in the entire league.
The secondary will be good.
Pittsburgh hasn’t had an elite secondary since 2010, when it had a unit that was ranked second in the NFC in interceptions.
Since then, the secondary has fallen off a cliff.
Pittsburgh had seven picks in 2017, and three of those picks were for touchdowns.
The only players in the conference with more picks this season are the Cleveland Indians and the Detroit Lions.
The defense is going to need to be better this season if it wants to be a contender in the East.
The Pittsburgh secondary will have to improve on what it had in 2016, and it’s going to be up against the best cornerbacks in the game in safety Terence Newman, who should be a big factor against the Steelers.
The receivers will be the key to Pittsburgh’s success.
The wide receivers were a big reason why Pittsburgh finished the season with a 14-4 record.
This season will be different, though.
The Packers and Rams will be a combined 1-3, and both teams have a lot of questions on offense.
The Bears, Cardinals, and Chargers have been playing really well, but it will be hard for Pittsburgh to compete with them when it comes to production from its wideouts.
Brandon LaFell, DeAndre Hopkins, and Martavis Bryant all have big games coming up, and all of those players will be competing for the No. 1 receiver spot in the passing game.
That’s going a long way in deciding who is the most dangerous receiver on the field.
The quarterback will have a huge impact on Pittsburgh’s season.
With a quarterback who can run, the passing attack should be much better than it was last year.
Injuries and a bad defense have led to the Steelers not winning many games, but the quarterback situation is going the way of Peyton Manning.
The good news for the quarterback is that the offense will still be better than last year’s, but Pittsburgh will be without Tyrod Taylor, who suffered a knee injury late in the season.
The injury could lead to some issues for the offense this season as well, as the offensive tackles are going to get a lot more work in the run and pass game.
If the offense can get its act together in the running game, it will have plenty of success in the regular season.
Pittsburgh can go from 0-3 to 4-1 this season with quarterback Mike Glennon, who has thrown for at least 400 yards in four straight seasons and completed 63.4 percent of his passes.
He’s a guy who can make a big impact on