Thought Steelers Fans would provide a scouting report on your team, Here are some notes on the Fins!!!
This preseason has shown some strengths and weaknesses about the Fins, and a big weakness is the O-line, especially run blocking. With Pitts strong defense look for the Fins to come out passing. Some interesting notes: In 3 games that the starting defense was on the field, they yeilded only two field goals, while confusing starting QBs frow Jax, Tampa and Carolina, three playoff contenders. Culpepper completed 22-30 (73.3%) of his passes with no interceptions or turnovers
. No Fin QB threw a int this preseason. Statistacally, the Fins dominated in the last three games, with over 34 minutes time of possession (avg) for the entire preseason. Strengths: Passing game, run defense. Weaknesses: Run blocking, secondary. While the seconday is noted as a weakness, the starters have played very well when on the field, but with everyone being new, there will be mistakes made. Run blocking has been pathetic at best and I don't see it improving vs the Steelers. Interesting matchup would be between Malarky and LeBeau, who worked together for the steelers in the past. This game of chess should prove to be the key to the game.
The Vegas odds have dipped with the injury situation. The earliest line (Sheridan) was Pitt -6.5 back in April. While most Books have dropped the game as of this morning, a couple of books have the Steelers -3 to -2.5. While these aren't a predictor by any means, it is just one more way of seeing a defensive struggle with few points scored.
The biggest advantage will be the 13th Man. Steeler Fans will be SO LOUD
it might produce some penalties and mistakes early for the Fins. If the Fins can score early and take the Fans out, they have a solid chance for success.
Hope this provides some input on your opponent this week, I haven't followed the Steelers during this preseason, so any input anyone could provide would be welcome.
Good Luck this season defending the Championship, and hope everyone gets healthy and back on the field.