Lost in the disappointment of a tough defeat at the hands of the Saints were a few excellent performances.
The Steelers cornerbacks were worse than initially feared, and while the team did get a great game from defensive end Cameron Heyward, they are going to struggle with the absence of Brett Keisel.
Saints vs. Steelers 2014: News and updates leading into Week 13
Adams has been called on repeatedly to fill in due to injury, and he's performed reasonably well in most of those fill-in opportunities. He may have to do it again Sunday when the Steelers take on the Saints, possibly without Marcus Gilbert.
The Pittsburgh Steelers are coming off a bye and have won 4 of their last 5 games. QB Ben Roethlisberger says the upcoming game against the New Orleans Saints is a must win for the team.
Without Bunkley's presence in the middle, the Saints will be a weakened defensive unit. This should mean a Steelers' game plan that includes a lot of Le'Veon Bell.
The NFL has never seen a division with every team three games over .500. Stands to reason a good team will finish out of the postseason. The Steelers recognize one slip-up could lead them to being that team.
Under Mike Tomlin, the Pittsburgh Steelers hold an impressive record coming off a bye week.