Steelers are among the worst offensive teams in the NFL after two weeks

Kirk Irwin

A dismal performance offensively against Cincinnati pushed the Steelers further down the league's statistical categories.

Calling it a slow start is an understatement. Two games into the year, the Steelers rank 30th in the NFL with 9.5 points per game, 31st with 37.5 rushing yards per game and 31st with 236 total yards per game.

Sitting in a group that includes the Jacksonville Jaguars and Cleveland Browns - both of whom have been without their most talented pass receivers, Justin Blackmon and Josh Gordon, respectively - can't make the Steelers particularly thrilled with the state of their offense.

The Steelers rushed 16 times for 44 yards in Monday's loss to Cincinnati, and 15 times for 31 yards in their season-opening loss to Tennessee, pushing them to 0-2 for the first time since 2002.

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was 20-for-37 for 251 yards, one touchdown (a one-yard strike to Derek Moye) and one interception. His 74.8 rating is the worst two-game total to start a season he's had since 2006, when he was coming off a nearly fatal motorcycle accident that offseason as well as an emergency appendectomy right before the team's Week 1 win over Miami.

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