With the Steelers back at home and coming off of a big win at Baltimore, the excitement radar in Pittsburgh is amping back up slowly, but surely. Here are five Steelers who could become major factors as the Jags saunter into town.
Ben is back home in a stadium where he simply plays better. With six TDs vs. 2 INTs and 957 yards, Ben is ranked among the top-12 in the league. A huge game at Heinz will bring back the "Home Ben" vs. “Road Ben" talk, but it’ll also help to ease the monkey off of No. 7's back.
Even though he was targeted a mere nine times, AB usually doesn't typically have back-to-back weeks of pedestrian football. Ranking second in the National Football League with 30 catches (one behind DeAndre Hopkins) and receiving yardage (three yards behind Stefon Diggs), I look for No. 84 to have a big-time game against Jacksonville.
It's good do see a practice-squad player for four other teams find a permanent home on the 53-man roster. Hilton has become an important piece of the Pittsburgh puzzle with his impact rushing passers and picking them off as well.
Tuitt claimed to just be getting his feet wet in Baltimore after returning from an absence of two games. When Tuitt, Javon Hargrove and Cam Heyward are together as a unit, Pittsburgh’s defense is very formidable. Tuitt looked good coming back and if that's just getting his feet wet, offenses need to watch out when he decides to cannonball into the deep end.
Mike Mitchell is banged up and Wilcox has four games as a Steeler under his belt. For the most part, he's looked pretty good with a hiccup here and there. With more time getting starter's reps, Wilcox can be another impact player on the defense.