Pittsburgh Steelers: Three Keys to Victory Over Seattle
The Pittsburgh Steelers are coming off a rather embarrassing loss at the hands of the New England Patriots. We certainly can’t judge an entire season off of a week one performance. But the Steelers looked like they forgot how to play football. Going into this week two matchup with Seattle Seahawks the Steelers have a lot they need to improve. But here are the Pittsburgh Steelers keys to victory against Seattle.
Pressure Russell Wilson
The Steelers only managed one sack and five QB hits in the game against New England. For all the hype this front seven got in the offseason that isn’t enough. In order for Pittsburgh to be successful this weekend, they’ll need their down linemen and linebackers to get after Russell Wilson. It’s been known for a while now that the Seahawks have trouble protecting Wilson which is exactly what Pittsburgh needs to capitalize on. One of the biggest keys to success will be getting Bud Dupree and TJ Watt in the backfield. If defensive coordinator Keith Butler can do that, it could lead to a big day for the Steelers defense. This same Seattle Seahawks team struggled in a game against the Cincinnati Bengals last week which bodes well for Pittsburgh.
Establish the running game early
Going back to last season a big part of Pittsburgh’s failures and success came to their running game. Early in the season, they would be too quick to abandon the run thus leading to early-season losses. Much like in week one of this year, Pittsburgh failed to use James Conner enough to be effective passing the ball. The Steelers have the ability to pound the ball up with middle with running backs James Conner and Jaylen Samuels or stretch the field and run outside the tackles. Offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner needs to scheme better and utilize his running backs. It’s proven in the NFL if you can run the ball effectively you’ll open up lanes in your passing game.
Protect Big Ben
One of the Steelers keys to victory this week will be getting Ben Roethlisberger time in the pocket. New England only sacked Roethlisberger once in week one but was pressured often. That resulted in Ben having a miserable night and sporting a passer rating of just 18.2. This Seattle front seven is just as good as the Patriots if not better. Pittsburgh will need their linemen and tight ends to win battles upfront and keep Big Ben upright. This Seattle front got to Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton five times in week one which is concerning. A healthy Maurkice Pouncey will help Pittsburgh out tremendously. All signs point to Pouncey being ready to go Sunday.
There are a number of things that will contribute to Pittsburgh’s potential success this weekend. However, if the Steelers can execute these few things they could head into week three 1-1. Seattle is no joke of a team and Russell Wilson will keep them in this game until the last whistle. Pittsburgh’s biggest key to victory this week will be to get in a groove offensively. You do that by protecting your quarterback and establishing a running game.
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