Maybe it is Mason Rudolph. Or maybe it is Minkah Fitzpatric. Or maybe it is the 0-3 Cincinnati Bengals coming to Heinz Field in Week 4.
Whatever the reason, Pittsburgh Steelers fans are a little more confident in their favorite team heading into Week 4 than they were heading into their Week 3 contest vs. the San Francisco 49ers.
Before fans reading this think the fan base is all aboard the Steelers hype train, if there is such a thing with a winless team, think again. Going into the San Francisco game the FanPulse confidence percentage was a measly 13%. Fast forward to Week 4 and it shot up to 28%, a mark higher than before the Steelers’ Week 2 home opener vs. the Seattle Seahawks.
The latest FanPulse results certainly paint a pretty accurate photo of how fans truly feel:
Let’s be blunt here, confidence is down because there are times when the Steelers look completely hapless, leaving fans hopeless. But there is a small part in many fans’ brains who are still excited to see what this team has moving forward. Because, believe it or not, outside of the offensive and defensive lines, this is still a very young football team.
Will Mason Rudolph perform well enough to not just win games, but look like he belongs? Will Diontae Johnson and James Washington prove to be good complimentary receivers alongside JuJu Smith-Schuster? Will Minkah Fitzpatrick only improve as he gets more acclimated the Pittsburgh’s defensive style?
All of these questions, and more, will be answered in the next 13 weeks of the regular season, and the promise of a young football team is certainly something to keep an eye on.
Fan confidence aside, the Steelers Monday Night game vs. Cincinnati is an absolutely huge contest on many different levels. This is their first divisional game, only their second home game, and when facing another winless team you should be the one taking care of business at your house.
It won’t be easy, mainly because nothing is easy with this 2019 Steelers team, but if they have any hope, or prayer, of making this season even remotely memorable, they will show up in a big way Monday night.
Buckle up fans, this game Monday night game will be a big one!
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