The Pittsburgh Steelers are looking to avenge their loss on Monday Night Football by getting a win on Sunday Night Football against the Chicago Bears. The Bears enter the matchup with a 2-0 record while Steelers return home with a record of 0-2. Even though the Steelers are winless, they’ll pick up their first victory versus the Bears under the lights in the steel city.
The Steelers have shown they’re very weak on the offensive side of the ball. The Bear’s defense definitely isn’t an easy task to handle. Even though the team no longer has Brian Urlacher to eat up quarterbacks, they’re still a solid unit. They’ve only allowed an average of 25.5 points over the course of two weeks. At this point any defense will be tough for the Steelers, because the offense is struggling that bad.
Even though it doesn’t seem likely the Steelers’ offense is going to come out and light it up I suspect they will find more success than they have all season against this Bears defense. I can’t believe the Steelers after two pitiful performances on offense can complete the trifecta and display lousy, offensive play for the third consecutive week.
It was evident how frustrated Ben Roethlisberger was on Monday night. Roethlisberger should be able to use his leadership skills and rally his troops to muster up some better offense. Hopefully Todd Haley’s play calling will help this cause too.
The Steelers’ offense will hardly be the main reason the Steelers will defeat the Bears. It’ll be the steel curtain that gets the job done; the Steelers’ defense has looked good the last two weeks. Not good enough to hand the team a victory, but enough to keep the games manageable. The only thing the Steelers’ defense is lacking is the ability to force turnovers. The defense definitely needs to find a way to generate big-time turnovers. I believe that they can do this on Sunday night.
Bears quarterback Jay Cutler has put up solid numbers thus far but he’s entering a hostile environment. A Sunday Night Football matchup in Pittsburgh should have the atmosphere in the stadium booming. Feeding off the crowd should allow this defense to reach a higher level than they have these past two weeks. Cutler will be under heavy pressure and will feel very uncomfortable in the pocket throughout the game. The pass rush for the Steelers looked solid against the Bengals and LaMarr Woodley looked very disruptive during that game. I expect Woodley and the rest of the defense to provide Cutler with a lot of headaches.
The Steelers’ defense has also contained the running game for the most part. The Bear’s running back Matt Forte is only averaging 3.5 yards a carry and has only scored one rushing touchdown. Forte will be able to muscle up some decent runs on Sunday night but overall he’ll be contained by the Steelers’ defensive front.
The Bears have walked away with two wins but both wins were very close. Cutler and company made a great comeback against the Minnesota Vikings to improve to 2-0 but it’s about time their luck runs out. The game will be close between the Steelers and Bears and could easily come down to a last-second field goal. However, it’s time the Steelers got their act together. The team will find success and their first win of the season on Sunday night against the Bears.