Pittsburgh Steelers: Can Big Ben and Co. Make Super Bowl 55?
On Monday, the Pittsburgh Steelers got a strong performance from Big Ben and their scary defense. Pitt beat the New York Giants, 26-16. After watching the Steelers play well last night, should they now be considered a Super Bowl team? There are a few reasons why the Steelers could wind up in the big game once again.
Cam Heyward recorded his first career interception as he picked off New York quarterback Daniel Jones in the endzone. Bud Dupree locked down on Big Blue’s star running back Saquon Barkley who only rushed for six yards on 15 carries. T.J. Watt, Devin Bush, and Vince Williams were also effective in the Monday night win. This defense is loaded and will continue to create problems for the opposition moving forward. Minkah Fitzpatrick is a Pro Bowl level player, but he was invisible yesterday.
In his highly anticipated return, Big Ben Roethlisberger tossed three touchdowns and overcame a shaky start to help the Steelers earn a 1-0 mark. Big Ben did what he normally does best which is sling the pigskin around the lot and avoid pressure and continue to make plays downfield. He also led the team down the field in the two-minute drill for a score. Ben capped off the drive with a TD strike to James Washington. Washington, the Oklahoma State product, muscled his way onto paydirt to score the TD. Roethlisberger does not have to throw over 300 yards a game in order for the Steelers to be successful. He needs to throw short to intermediate passes and protect the football, which he did yesterday. JuJu Smith-Schuster caught a pair of touchdowns from Big Ben in the victory and it looks as if the former USC receiver could be Pittsburgh’s No. 1 receiver. Let’s not forget the Steelers got over 100 yards rushing from Benny Snell, Jr. Ben also spread the ball around to Chase Claypool, Eric Ebron, and Diontae Johnson. The Steelers didn’t even utilize Jaylen Samuels who is known for catching footballs out of the backfield. Yes, the o-line will have to improve. It will be a challenge with Zach Banner being driven from the sidelines into the tunnel. Stefen Wisniewski also left the game due to an injury concern.
Schedule Might Help
Big Ben and the Pittsburgh Steelers face Denver and Houston in the next two weeks. Then, the black and gold will take on Tennessee, Philly, Cleveland, and Baltimore. Pittsburgh has a bye week before facing Dallas, Cincinnati, Jacksonville, and Baltimore again. The Steelers will then go against Washington, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Indy, and Cleveland to round things out. Before the Giants game, I wasn’t too sure what to think about the Steelers record this season. I thought maybe 10 to 11 wins. I thought they’d be a playoff team, but if they play as they did on Monday, Pittsburgh should win more than 10 or 11 games. Besides Kansas City and Baltimore, it’s hard to pinpoint that third Super Bowl-caliber team in the AFC. I still want to see more from this Pittsburgh team, but they’re turning heads and for the right reasons. Can the Pittsburgh Steelers make it to Super Bowl 55? Leave a comment below.
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