Steeler Hitman Posted October 30, 2019 Share Posted October 30, 2019 (edited) Steelers 3-4 vs. Colts 5-2 When: Sunday, November 3, 2019 @ 1 pm Series History: Steelers 24-6 Last Meeting: won 20 - 17 Steelers Where: Heinz Field Pittsburgh, PA Offense: 1. Mason has to get the offense rolling early. So far, seven games and seven opening/first drives that have not even produced a first down or more than four plays. This sets a negative tone of the game, begins the process of losing the TOP battle and wears on the defense. Several games this offense has sleep-walked through the first quarter or acted as if they didn't get off the bus or plane until the second quarter. You have a physical team in the Colts; punch them in the mouth early or they may knock you out. 2. The passing attack has to start clicking. The check-downs and short throws are great and at times act like runs. However, there are times and teams that the Steelers will face that the horizontal game will not be enough. OC Randy Fichtner did a solid job of adjusting Ju Ju and putting him on a #3 or #4 CB against the Dolphins. The WR will need to start beating the #1 and #2 CB as well. 3. Win the TOP battle. Staying out of third and longs and even third downs while eating up clock and wearing down the defense. This puts pressure on the opposing offense and allows TJ and Bud to come after opposing QB's. Defense: 1. Quietly TJ and Bud have become a force rushing the QB. Many have criticized Dupree in the past, but he is doing more than getting "junk or coverage" sacks. The pair will need to be smart rushing Jacoby and maintain discipline in the run defense. The Colts OL is scary and their backs can wear down a defense and open the passing lanes up as well. 2. Run defense has to be at its best. Quentin Nelson is an absolute monster. This guy has not even hit his full potential and when he does his name may even potentially rise above other great OG's names like Mc Daniel, Faneca and Hannah. No Tuitt hurts, but a lot has to do with lane discipline. Don't get out of position and try not to get blown off the ball. This is a game that I would prefer to see Williams and Bush. I would run blitz at times to create some timing problems in the blocking. It can get ugly if the Colt OL gets man to man helmet to helmet. They can rush the ball as well as San Fran, Seattle, Baltimore and the Pats. 3. No big passing plays. Jacoby is a different QB now than two years ago. He is better and more confident than when he flung the ball all over the RCA dome and connected on two long TD passes. However, I do believe that our opportunistic defense can force some turnovers with pressure and being in position. They are not the defense of two years ago either. Nelson, Minkah, Haden and Edmunds need to be on task. We have benefited from tipped balls and errant passes. Take possessions away from the Colts and keep that plow-horse of an OL on the sideline. Predictions: Steelers upset the Colts and move to 4-4 with a surprising 30 - 20 win. Babes: Edited November 1, 2019 by Steeler Hitman Working on Thread Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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