Re: Cook: Steelers should be able to win with Batch
The odds of a Miami win have improved for sure but i'd still make the Steelers slight favorites - even though the bookies dont agree.
There are certainly some question marks about the Pittsburgh offense - how will Willie respond to teams gameplanning specifically for him, will the O-line be able to up its game to give Batch a little more time.....etc etc..
But I still believe that Miami as a team, and specifically as an offense have alot of unanswered questions beginning with a QB in a new environment, with new teammates and returning from a fairly serious injury.
I thought this would be a low scoring game with Ben behind centre - I think so even more now.
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