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Cam Heyward on Steelers defense: “We’ll be ready for Monday night”

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The road for the Pittsburgh Steelers doesn’t get any easier as they now prepare for the high-flying Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Green Bay Packers v Pittsburgh Steelers Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images

Take a second to think about the following statistic: In the last two games played at Heinz Field, the Pittsburgh Steelers have scored 79-points — and lost them both.

Things aren’t good in the Steel City, and it starts and ends with the defense. This isn’t to suggest the offense doesn’t have issues, but when a team typically puts up 37-points in a four quarter game, it should be good enough for a win.

In the latest defeat, the Steelers defense surrendered 6 touchdown passes to second year quarterback Patrick Mahomes and the high-powered Kansas City Chiefs’ offense, and looked as inept as they ever have during the Mike Tomlin era.

After the Chiefs lit up the Pittsburgh defense more than a firework show, Cameron Heyward was asked about the defense, and all he could say was the team didn’t “kick enough a—” and they’ll be ready for Monday night, referring to the team’s Week 3 game on Monday Night Football vs. the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Florida.

Check out what he had to say:

As the defensive captain, Heyward will have some leading to do this week, because the road doesn’t get easier for the Pittsburgh defense. If you thought Mahomes was red-hot coming into the Week 2 game, Fitzpatrick and the Tampa Bay offense might be equally as lethal.

Just check out Fitzpatrick’s stats the past two weeks leading into the Week 3 contest in prime time, courtesy of Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Fans should remember Fitzpatrick is filling in for suspended starter Jameis Winston, and in the offseason when Winston’s suspension was announced Steelers fans thought they were receiving yet another break — might want to think again.

Either way you slice it, the Steelers defense will need to play a lot better in the near future if they want to avoid an 0-2-1 start, which at one time felt as if it were an impossibility when the schedule was released with the Browns, Chiefs and Buccaneers to start on the schedule.

Now it looks more realistic than ever the skid could continue if things don’t improve.

Heyward said they will be ready for Monday night — they better be.