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Steelers News: Will this type of performance be good enough to win in Week 3?

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It has been a one-of-a-kind offseason for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2020. The Steelers have finally taken the field in the regular season! It is to check in on all things black-and-gold as the team rolls through their 2020 schedule!

Today in the black-and-gold links article we take a look at if the performance the Steelers put on the field in Week 2 vs. the Denver Broncos will be good enough to win in Week 3 vs. the Houston Texans?

Let’s get to the news:

  • Will this type of Steelers performance be good enough in Week 3?

Mark Madden: With ‘exhibition games’ complete, Steelers need to play better to defeat Texans

By: Mark Madden, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

This year’s exhibition games got canceled for most NFL teams. But not the Steelers. They had two.

Coach Mike Tomlin should send the NFL schedule-maker a thank-you note. The New York Giants and Denver provided the Steelers subpar foes with inexperienced quarterbacks, perfect practice fodder for Weeks 1 and 2. Those games weren’t impossible to lose, but close.

The Steelers certainly gave snatching defeat from the jaws of victory a good try Sunday against Denver at Heinz Field. A win is a win, but now it gets harder.

Or does it? Houston comes to Pittsburgh next Sunday lugging around a mark of 0-2. But the Texans played Kansas City and Baltimore. No exhibition games for them.

The Steelers played one decent half in each of their victories. Better will be required.

The Steelers displayed flaws in each of their wins. Their defense allowed a big-play touchdown, a 19-play drive and eight of 15 third-down conversions vs. the Giants. Against Denver, their offense made the sticks on just two of 12 third downs. The Steelers took 10 penalties.

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  • The Steelers’ pass rush remains dominant.

Steelers pass rush as varied as it has been dominant

By: Chris Adamski, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Forty-six times a Denver Broncos quarterback dropped back Sunday. Nineteen of those times, he was hit.

It was that kind of day for Drew Lock, Jeff Driskel and the Denver offensive line in trying to contain a Pittsburgh Steelers pass rush that might be the NFL’s best through two weeks of the season.

The Steelers had seven sacks en route to improving to 2-0 with a 26-21 victory in their home opener Sunday. Twelve other times, they made contact with Lock or Driskel soon after he released a pass. Dupree, late in the first quarter, forced a Lock fumble and forced him out of the game with a shoulder injury.

The Steelers also batted down a pass at the line of scrimmage (by Tyson Alualu) and hurried throws by Lock and Driskel on numerous other occasions.

“We knew they had a really good front, and they have really good players,” Driskel said. “They find a way to get to the quarterback.”

The seven sacks are the second most for the Steelers over their past 33 games. They had eight in a win against the Cincinnati Bengals during Week 4 of last season. “QB hits” are a more subjective statistic but one the league keeps in its official statbook and online. The Steelers have been credited with 27 of those on 100 opponent dropbacks so far this season.

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  • The Steelers had an unlikely hero Sunday when Terrell Edmunds sacked Jeff Driskel to ice the game.

Taking his turn

By: Mike Prisuta, Steelers.com

Strong safety Terrell Edmunds could be perceived as an unlikely hero against Denver, but only if you pay more attention to the stat sheet than the way the Steelers play defense.

“You saw that we love to blitz,” outside linebacker T.J. Watt emphasized after Edmunds’ sack of Broncos backup quarterback Jeff Driskel on fourth-and-2 from the Steelers’ 15-yard line with 1:51 left in the fourth quarter preserved a 26-21 triumph on Sunday afternoon at Heinz Field. “If you watch us week in and week out, it doesn’t matter what year it is, we blitz. One of our assets is that you have no idea where it’s coming from, who it is. We can send anybody.

“That’s the great thing about this defense, we play fast, we play technically sound but we definitely want to play better than we did today.”

The sack was the second of Edmunds’ 34-game NFL career (33 starts), and first since 2018.

He isn’t normally the splashiest of Steelers’ defenders, but Edmunds maintained he’s always ready if his number is called.

“Man, it felt great,” he said. “I knew I could do it. I’m just still out here, I’m going hard every day in practice, and when the time presents itself go out and make a play.

“My teammates, they know I can make a play. We’re playing our football and anyone on our defense can make a play anytime. That time it was me, thankful for it.”

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