This is a disappointing 1-2 start, with three games that could easily have been all wins. And they certainly should be playing better. BUT: the schedule is a lot easier this year and Steeler fans don't need to panic.
In the second half, Pittsburgh should take care of business with Cincy, at KC, Oakland, at Cleveland and at Miami. I expect all of those teams to finish with losing records (the Bengals are improved, but I see at the least, six more losses).
That improves the record to 6-2
The next four weekends before the bye are:
San Diego, at Detroit, Cleveland, Minnesota.
Three home games and a trip to Detroit. If they show up hard, they should win at least three of four (Minnesota or San Diego may sneak one in). That's 9-3.
The other games are at Denver, at Baltimore, Green Bay, Baltimore.
Denver is 3-0 by beating Cincy, Cleveland and Oakland and still has a lot to prove. If Pittsburgh is a Super Bowl contender, they should beat Green Bay at home. And expect two dog fights with Baltimore.
There have been a lot of places to lay blame the past two weeks, but the Steelers are still in a solid position to finish with 10 or 11 wins. The defense needs to step up, Reed needs to make his kicks, receivers need to quit dropping TD passes on third down; whatever.
But if the Steelers start playing like everyone knows they are capable of, they're still going to break into double digit wins and make the postseason. IIf they aren't at least 4-3 going into the bye, then the panic can begin.