Even if Lewis plays, this secondary will be depleted enough to give Green, Andrew Hawkins, and company plenty of opportunities downfield. The Bengals know this, and they know that injuries to Willie Colon and Mike Adams on the offensive line will leave holes for Cincy’s highly ranked pass rush. The Bengals front seven is also giving up and average of 46 ypg on the ground through the last three games. Although Rashard Mendenhall makes his return to the roster this weekend, I don’t see the Pittsburgh backfield having a huge day behind a hobbled front line. With so many holes, the Steelers are depleted right now, to the point that teams are not afraid to play them. This has me wondering if:
The Mystique Behind this Team is Gone
This team has locker room chemistry like everyone else. The Steelers are still the model of how a franchise should be run. They have a great front office, stability in the coaching staff, and owners who know how to build through the draft and never put a player ahead of the team concept. However, this year has proven that the Steelers are susceptible to the same drama as other teams, the same injuries, and the same inconsistency on the field. Could this season be a turning point? We’ll find out soon enough.