The Steelers are off to a decent start in the 2016 NFL season. Through two weeks, they rank amongst the top of the league in all offensive categories. Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown picked up right where they left off in Week One vs. the Redskins tallying 126 yards and 2 touchdowns. Things slowed down Week Two as weather conditions and other circumstances limited their collective production. The other members of the offense did step up though. Receivers like Sammie Coates and the preseason standout Eli Rogers both had productive weeks. Week One, Eli Rogers reeled in a circus touchdown that caught some highlight tapes. In Bell’s absence, Deangelo Williams has continued to step up tremendously, leading the league in rushing yards and rushing touchdowns. The story of the Steelers offense was already written though; defense has been more of the surprise.
The Steelers defense has been a respectable surprise. James Harrison is still making plays at 37, Ryan Shazier is coming into his own as a linebacker, Heyward and Tuitt are bringing the pass rush, things up front are good. The secondary is playing better than last year. Particularly against AJ Green, who just put up 180 yards on the Jets, was held to just 38 yards against the Steelers. Artie Burns had a play against the Bengals that showed off his coverage skills, which I appreciated. This young defense that has been and is still being pieced together, has shown some promise.
Looking forward to the future, the next few games are the Eagles, Chiefs, Jets, and Dolphins. After starting 2-0, I can see the Steelers ending the first six weeks of the season at 4-2. The Steelers are a hard team to predict for because they tend to lose games that they should win. Certain weeks of the season they forget how to play football, but as long as the coaches and players game plan to their ability, then they should be fine. All of the teams that the Steelers have coming up are difficult in their own way. The Steelers have the potential to be a playoff team and a Super Bowl contender if all the cards fall where they may.