You want more turnovers and sacks? Look to the offense for help. In a must win game in week 16 last year against the Bengals you can see they dynamic play out. The Bengals are held to 4-15 on third down, but the Steelers convert on only 2 out of 14. The defense has three takeaways and the offense as three giveaways. The defense had six sacks, but the pick six zeroed them out. The four sacks they gave up felt like eight.
The Steelers were 6th in defensive scoring last year and that was with an offense that gave opponents great field position. How scary would that defense have been with a more effective offense? I am getting the feeling that opponent's offenses are approaching the Steelers with very vanilla plans because they feel that as long as they make no mistakes the play of the Steelers offense will keep them in the game.
Tennessee had 10 drives (9 that mattered). Four of those drives started at the opponents 40 or better. Of those four, three were in Steeler territory. Opponents are not moving the ball nor scoring very well. If there are fewer drives that start at their 40, I think the sacks and turnovers will increase. Offenses tend to make bad decisions when they are in bad situations.
I would like to see the defense get off the field in the fourth quarter more consistently. The sacks and turnovers are not as big of an issue as third downs are to me. The offense spots opponents 3 - 10 points a game by their play at times. Special teams can help but so much with 3 and out punts from their twenty.
In my opinion this is how bad it is. After a turnover, the defense gets a three and out and forces the opponent to punt from the Steeler's 45. Instead of being bummed that they did not cash in on the turnover, they are pumped because they feel that there is a good chance they will get at least 3 pts on the next drive.
I want more sacks and turnovers, but at this point I would prefer that game over feeling the team used to have if they were up by one and 4:00 mins. left because the opponent are not getting the ball back.