There’s always so much to talk about when it comes to the Pittsburgh Steelers. But the narrative is always changes. To quote the late, great Rowdy Roddy Piper, “Just when you think you’ve got all of the answers, I keep changing the questions”. Well the inquiries surrounding the black-and-gold are definitely ever-evolving. With that offered up, BTSC tries to answer some of the poignant wonderings ahead of time. Take a gander at some bold statements on this and more as we label them as fact or fiction.
Are we on point? Only time will tell...
David DeCastro needs to be rushed back to the starting lineup
While I’m anxious to see arguably one of the Steelers best players make his return to the starting lineup, I think haste to see No. 66 return could waste his entire 2020 season. It’s true that the Steelers could be a better run team with Dave in there, Kevin Dotson still fared pretty well in his NFL game debut of any kind. Don’t rush DeCastro back if he’s not 100%. Dotson can fill the void for now.
The Steelers don’t need a wide receiver designated as WR1
Ben Roethlisberger has quite possibly his best set of weapons that he has ever had to throw to. The tight ends, Vance McDonald and Eric Ebron, are more than just reliable and the running backs are pretty good at hauling in balls and moving the chains. But the wide receiving quartet of JuJu Smith-Schuster, Diontae Johnson, Chase Claypool and James Washington are really special. Each pass-catcher has found the touchdown zone after only two contests. If one is being double-teamed, the other can completely decimate you. Plus, they all play with ravenous hunger and respect the team concept. Their stats will suffer somewhat, but racking-up wins is the only crucial stat line here.
The Steelers defense will break the NFL record for sacks in a single season
The NFL record for sacks is held by Mike Ditka, Buddy Ryan’s 46 Defense and the 1984 Chicago Bears with 72. The 1989 Vikings had 71 and the 1989 Bears had 70. This Steelers pass-rushing attack isn’t extraordinary. As BTSC’s Dave Schofield reported this week on the Steelers Stat Geek, Keith Butler’s defenders are on pace for 80 sacks. Can they average five per game? Sure! But those defenses of the 1980s were rarely facing guys with the skill set of a Lamar Jackson or Deshaun Watson as often as the Steelers will. I think that T.J. Watt, Bud Dupree, Cam Heyward and Mile Hilton and company could break 60, but I don’t know if the record is as breakable in this day and age of the NFL.
The Steelers’ turnover streak will end at 25 games
The turnover streak that’s lasted since Week 10 of 2018 is something that fans are paying attention to with a keen eye. I kept thinking the past few weeks that the Steelers would halt it. But this is still an imperfect team with young players in most skill positions other than quarterback. I’m not saying that this isn’t a special team that won’t win a lot of games, because I think they will. There are just a lot of kinks that still need ironed out. I’m just not counting on the Steelers bringing out the starch this week.
Anthony McFarland Jr. will get carries for the first time in Week 3
With Benny Snell’s fumbling woes in the first two games, Mike Tomlin will likely give the fourth-rounder out of Maryland some looks to see what he can do. The fumbles won’t signal an absolute demotion or a career death knell for Snell, but it definitely
Are these statements valid? We will soon see. I, personally, am not endorsing all five of these scenarios, but it’s what my gut tells me will occur. What matters most are your opinions on the matter. Please state them in the comments below.