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Steelers vs. Falcons: Three Steelers who need to step up at Heinz Field in Week 5

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Time to see who needs to improve their game for Pittsburgh to get a much-needed win.

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Let’s be honest here, the whole team needs to step up, including the coaching staff. The abysmal start to the 2019 season already has Steelers Nation on the warpath with pitchforks in hand. It won’t be an easy task going against the high-powered Atlanta Falcons offense on Sunday afternoon but, just like Pittsburgh, Atlanta has issues on defense. I would be taking the OVER (58) if I were a betting man.

Let’s take a look at this week’s trio.

Ben Roethlisberger

Roethlisberger has had some Jekyll-and-Hyde in his play this year, and it seems increasingly to be an issue with him. I’m not saying Ben is done, but I do believe he’s as stubborn as a mule, and that’s impacting his play and, ultimately, the outcome of games. Make no mistake about it, this season hinges on what No. 7 brings to the table. Getting little to no help from the defense, Big Ben needs to reappear. He’s owned up to his poor play lately, and it was the right thing for him to do. But talking about it means little at this point — we need results on the field, not a feel-good moment during an interview.

Antonio Brown

I know AB and Roethliberger have been out of sorts, not on the same page or Brown zigging when Ben’s zagging. I know No. 84 will draw more than his share of attention on the field from opposing defenses, but it’s time to reclaim his title of “Best In The World.” I know it’s in there, and I realize the responsibility doesn’t fall solely on Brown, but (in Bruce Buffer’s voice) IT’S TIIIIIIIIIIIME!

Alejandro Villanueva

I’m starting to think it’s a bad idea to give players new/juicy contracts in Pittsburgh. The former Army Ranger has come along way in a short time, but it seems as if he has reached another plateau in his play. The fact he’s been walked back and is getting beat on a regular basis needs to get fixed. I’m not laying all the blame at his feet but he’s paid handsomely to protect the most important person to our football team and season. So let’s get back to doing what Villanueva got paid to do. You don’t have to run-block because we don’t run the ball anymore, but keeping the opponent’s EDGE rusher off of the QB is top priority.

You: Blitz, Where are the defensive guys?

Me: That’s what I’d like to know.

So, in the comments section, tell me your thoughts and who you believe needs to bring their “A” game on Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons if the Steelers are to secure a win.