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Steelers vs. 49ers Week 2: Chill out or Freak out?

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After a 43-18 Steelers victory over the 49ers, there isn't much to gripe about, but we will talk about some key elements of Pittsburgh's game and whether you should chill out or freak out moving forward.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers dominated the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday at Heinz Field and, after such a dominating performance, most wouldn't think there would be much for fans to fret about. However, look a bit closer and there were certainly some aspects of the Steelers' game which could be cleaned up.

Time to talk about three players/ongoing themes surrounding the team and give opinions on whether it's time to chill out or freak out. Feel free to let us know what you think in the comment section below.

Josh Scobee's Field Goal/PAT issues

I'm still classifying Scobee as a chill out. First, the two-point conversion is a nice alternative to Scobee potentially missing an extra point, as he did in Sunday's matchup against the 49ers. The risk Scobee presents could justify an attempt at more points, which I believe will go in the Steelers favor more often than not.

Second, other kickers are struggling just like Scobee. There have been nine missed extra points during the first two weeks of the season. To put things into perspective, during the 2014 season-- that is the entire season-- there were only eight missed extra points. Missed extra points are going to happen.

The only reason I am less chilled out than I was last week is because Scobee himself seems a bit too chill considering his poor performance so far this season. He said via TribLive.com, "Anytime you are in a new situation with a new snapper and new holder, it will take time to get into a rhythm, and that's why we are going to continue to work." I'd prefer more of a sense of urgency and panic from the Steelers placekicker, but maybe that would just make matters worse.

Let's just say that there's much room for improvement.

Result: CHILL OUT

The Offensive Line

Mike Munchak has worked his magic on the offensive line once again. Even though center Maurkice Pouncey is out with a broken leg, Ben Roethlisberger has enjoyed reasonable protection and time in the pocket. The best news is that the offensive line looked better than it did last week. I expect them to continue to improve throughout the year.

Pro Football Focus rated David DeCastro and Cody Wallace at -2.3 and -2.4 respectively, but since the offensive line did not allow sacks, their low scores did not have a negative impact on the outcome of the game. Sure, the run-blocking could have been better, but the offensive line was good enough.

The juxtaposition between the 49ers' train wreck of an offensive line and the Steelers' adequate offensive line is even more reassuring for fans. It could be worse. Way, way, way worse.

Result: CHILL OUT

Ongoing Penalties

Another week, another few unnecessary penalties. And, there were a few bad calls relating to completed passes. One such penalty was a completed pass that was ruled incomplete. Had it been ruled complete, the Steelers would have had a fumble recovery. Later in the game, however, the officials used the same standard in a call that benefited the Steelers.

Most disturbing, however, were Ramon Foster's offsides penalties. While he made fun of himself on Instagram for the mistakes, stupid penalties are no laughing matter when the team faces formidable opponents and where there's no room for error.

Still, it seems the Steelers played a cleaner game than the one against the Patriots, and it also seems Foster has learned his lesson. Hopefully in Week 3 against the Rams the team will be even more focused and avoid giving up yardage needlessly.

Result: CHILL OUT