Let's not overreact to one loss to an arch-rival (see this), especially when Tarvaris Jackson and the Seahawks are coming to town! The only advantages Seattle has are prettier colors on their uniform, and the only coach in history to take a pay cut to come to the NFL.
What exactly went wrong in week one?
The last time the Steelers turned the ball over at least six times was 1997 against the Indianapolis Colts when they were led by none other than Kordell Stewart. Last week, Roethlisberger had 5 TOs (3 INTs, 2 fumbles). The most he has ever had in a season is 25, so gotta think this number will regress for a few weeks.
Ray Rice, the only RB to run for 100 yards (twice since 2009) vs the Steelers defense, started the game with a 40 yard run. It was downhill from there. He ran after the catch, ran after the handoff like he was Forrest Gump on a kickoff.
The defense had one sack and didn't cause a turnover. A statistical anomaly that had not occurred since at least 2005.
Rashard Mendenhall only had 12 carries for 45 yards, plus a fumble. A decent yard per carry average considering the opponent, but a non-injured career low of them due to the Steelers having to play from behind so early in the game.
What will go right in week 2?
Tarvaris Jackson is the opposing starting QB. His career record as a starting QB on the road is 8-9. And now he doesn't have Adrian Peterson to carry the burden. Seahawk free agent signee and supposed number 1 wide receiver Sidney Rice is out again. That means some guy named Doug Baldwin is gonna be leading the WR corps.
Mike Tomlin is 4-0 in home openers and hasn't lost two in a row since 2009.
Seattle's away record since 2008? (5-20). And have lost their last 8 road games against AFC opponents since 2007, a streak that began Oct. 7 at Heinz Field.
Seattle gave up two touchdowns on returns by Ted Ginn Jr. last week. Yes, Seattle, football includes offense, defense, AND special teams.
Stay calm Steeler fans, "The afternoon, missed tackling, fumbling, intercepting, aching, best-remedy-you-ever-got-for-a-loss medicine" is coming to town. And his name is Tarvaris Jackson...
Til next time...
Bryan Nichols doesn’t always blog, but when he does …