Week 1 of the NFL is full of the unexpected. In fact, the first few weeks of the NFL season are usually meaningless and filled with odd results that don’t make much sense at the end of the season.
While everyone quickly overreacts there is one certain, the Pittsburgh Steelers are in serious trouble.
As Ben Roethlisberger and an already beat up offensive line, travel to Cincinnati for Week 2, an inflated line has traveled upward to seven points. The seven points and still growing, is the biggest underdog the Steelers have been with Ben Roethlisberger starting since 2007. It is also the largest spread against the Bengals since 1989 according to R.J. Bell. When the lines first came out before the preseason the Bengals were favored by only one point.
“We’ve got a lot of work to do,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said. “Nobody cares about our problems. They’re glad we’ve got them. We need to understand that. We need to stick together and persevere.” – ESPN.com
The Steelers found a way to lose a home opener for the first time in the last decade and the offense was clearly at fault.
Tennessee limited the Steelers ground game to only 32 yards rushing and it seemed the Steelers were going to end up with only two points on the day until a late touchdown.
The Titans gave up more points on defense than anyone in 2012. What does that say about a Steelers team that could only manage two points until garbage time?
Three players will miss the remainder of the season for the Steelers; Pro Bowl center Maurkice Pouncey, inside linebacker Larry Foote and running back LaRod Stephens-Howling.
It’s only week one, but overreact all you want if you’re a Steelers fan.