Pittsburgh Steelers: How to Keep Rolling versus Indianapolis Colts
The Pittsburgh Steelers have lost three in a row leading into Sunday’s matchup with the Indianapolis Colts. Somehow Ben Roethlisberger and Co. have to rise up and get a W in the Week 16 contest.
The Steelers have struggled to score points and it won’t be easy against Indy.
On the bright side, Pittsburgh has owned the Colts in recent years.
The black and gold have won six straight games against Indy and also haven’t lost to them since 2008.
Let’s see what Pittsburgh needs to do in order to get its 12th victory of the season.
Win the Trenches
A key matchup to watch in this game is the Steelers’ front-7 against the Colts’ o-line.
Indy QB Philip Rivers has only been sacked 14 times this year and on top of that, he only has thrown nine picks.
With the way Big Ben has played, the Pittsburgh o-line also has to show up and give him time to throw.
The Colts’ defense is ranked 17th in total pass yards allowed.
Find His Targets
This portion of the article ties into what I just wrote about.
Pittsburgh needs to be effective throwing the football against this tough Indy defense.
Big Ben needs to hit his targets whether it’s Chase Claypool, Diontae Johnson, or James Washington.
The Colts’ defense held its last two opponents to a combined 23 second-half points.
The Steelers have gone through too many slow starts to open ball games this season and it’s hard to fathom given the talent they have.
Make the Big Plays
The Steelers need their defense to force turnovers, which can help the offense.
It looks like the Colts will be without starting offensive tackles Anthony Castonzo and Braden Smith.
Rivers is apparently dealing with a turf toe.
I’m not saying who wins this Pitt-Indy game, but these tidbits of information are only going to assist the Steelers.
But, making big plays doesn’t just mean taking the ball away or scoring touchdowns. The black and gold also need to convert on 3rd and short or 4th and short.
Of course, the Pittsburgh Steelers could use some help from its running game, but I think they need to get creative.
Relying on James Conner, Benny Snell, Jr. or any other back might be too much to ask for.
It’s crazy to think the Steelers could lose a 4th consecutive game after beginning the year 11-0.
After falling to Cincinnati on Monday Night Football, Pittsburgh has to be angry and focused on winning this duel with Indy.
This contest is important for a few other reasons.
First of all, the Steelers are playing their final home game of the season. Secondly, Pittsburgh is trying to win the AFC North, and winning on Sunday afternoon only helps that cause.
Indy has a good head coach, a good o-line, and plenty of young players who are contributing. However, don’t be shocked if the Steelers get the win in this battle at Heinz Field which begins at 1 p.m. EST.
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