The 2015 Pittsburgh Steelers have won ugly and loss ugly. Sunday against the 1-5 Kansas City Chiefs was the latter.
Want a key indicator of your team’s chances to win a game? Watch the turnover and 3rd down efficiency categories. If your team is losing both of those, I can guarantee you they’ll be behind in the most important stat line, the scoreboard.
The Steelers were minus 3 in turnovers against Kansas City. Pittsburgh’s offense was 2/10 (20%) on 3rd down, while the Black and Gold D allowed Kansas City to go 9/16 (56%). The final score was 23-13. See my point?!
If the Steelers D could ever learn to cover the opposition’s tight end, they’d be one of the best units in the NFL. Travis Kelce caught 5 passes for a team leading 73 yards while gashing the Steelers linebackers whenever his team needed him to make a play.
However, even with the loss it’s not all bad news. The 2014 Steelers were also 4-3 after 7 games. That team finished 7-2, won the AFC North division and hosted a playoff game. All realistic possibilities for this year’s team. The caveat for 2015, is that while the record is the same, the defense is vastly improved. Also, Pro-Bowl QB Ben Roethlisberger should be back in the lineup next Sunday. That should jolt the struggling offense, just like at this point last season when he put up back to back 6 touchdown passing game performances.
Steeler Nation has to be real with themselves, if you were told a month ago that Pittsburgh would go 2-2 with Roethlisberger sidelined with an injury, you would’ve taken it. Well here they are, with 9 games remaining to get hot before the most important part of the season begins. It starts at 1 PM at Heinz field, Sunday against the undefeated Cincinnati Bengals.