Let's cut through all the euphemisms here. No more bull spit. The Steelers have in front of them perhaps the biggest test they'll have this year. A good Indianapolis Colts team at home coming off the momentum of a solid performance last week. We haven't seen a Steelers signature win in a while. Will this be it?
That's a good question. And THAT'S a good segue into the night's entertainment.
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1. Steelers tight end Heath Miller was used pretty much as a tackle in much of the Steelers' 30-23 win over the Houston Texans Monday. David DeCastro and both right tackles Marcus Gilbert and Mike Adams were stuck on J.J. Watt, and in doing that, left Miller going up against more athletic defensive ends. With Gilbert likely out for this game, will the Steelers use Miller in that fashion again?
2. What's Le'Veon Bell's real ceiling here? The team doesn't really run the ball at the goal line, and it's almost as if Bell is viewed more as a slot receiver than a running back. He's going to rack up yards, that's what we know. The question is, what's more likely, will Le'Veon Bell get 220 carries or 90 targets first (he has 117 attempts and 43 targets in seven games)?
3. Note the picture accompanying this article (see, the cool web sites have actual pictures). Were you also under the impression this practice was no longer allowed? Is this the fault of Todd Haley?
4. The Pittsburgh Penguins' 2014 season has started, which means only a few more months until the NHL Playoffs start. The reason I care about the post-season in hockey and not the regular season is because of the series format. I like really letting things develop between two teams over the period of a few games on a few nights. Do you feel the NFL would have anything to gain by a home-and-home setup for the divisional games, just to bring out the most of that kind of excitement?
5. I've decided it's about time for Ben Roethlisberger to put up one of those epic 370-yard, four-touchdown games he has once or twice a season. What's your game plan vs. Indianapolis? Are you of the belief this team's best chance of winning this game will be on the arm of Ben Roethlisberger, or will this need to be a game in which the running game takes control from the first snap?