The Pittsburgh Steelers have hit a bit of a snag with their offense. They struggled to get anything going this past Sunday. They suffered a heartbreaking 23-17 overtime loss to the Chicago Bears.
Steelers fans and players can tell that something is not adding up. What was going on with the Steelers offense?
The Steelers offense is bad. It defies logic, but it’s a bad unit right now. No way around it.
— Jon Ledyard (@LedyardNFLDraft) September 24, 2017
Guard David DeCastro called out the offense after the game. “We’re so much better than this,” DeCastro said. “Look at the offense we have. If we’re not putting up 350, 400 yards a game, it feels like we’re wasting it.”
DeCastro has a point. Offensive weapons such as Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell are some of the best at their positions, and hands down Ben Roethlisberger is a top 5 quarterback. Even with these big-name players, the Steelers managed just 282 yards against the Bears.
Roethlisberger took most of the blame for the offensive woes. ” I need to play better football, and I will take this game on me. I did not play well enough. I missed too many throws, did not make good reads or whatever it is, turned the ball over on a sack fumble. Cannot do that, so this one is on me.”
If the Steelers want to be in Super Bowl contention, then they have to get their offense rolling. Bell has not been producing at the levels we are all used to seeing him. Brown and Roethlisberger have done a fantastic job connecting with one another, but Roethlisberger’s inability to connect with any of his other receivers leaves the offense stagnant.
The Steelers go on the road again next Sunday, this time to face the Baltimore Ravens. Both teams sit atop the AFC North with a 2-1 record. With a strong battle between the Chiefs, Raiders, and Broncos in the AFC, it would be wise for the Steelers to win the division to secure a playoff spot.