The Pittsburgh Steelers will go as far as their defense can lead them, and that’s no secret.
Mike Tomlin has always built his teams starting with the defense, and while Kenny Pickett has shown signs of promise, the offensive line and group of skill players could use a bit of a boost.
That’s why it’s so nice to see that the Steelers are great at what they’re supposed be at, which is disrupting the other team’s offense.
According to PFF, Pittsburgh is the only team with two players in the top 10 in QB pressures thus far this season.
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Former Defensive Player of the Year T.J. Watt is tied for fourth with 27, while Alex Highsmith is tied for eighth with 23.
On paper, one could argue that the Steelers boast the least-talented roster in the AFC North, yet they sit atop the division with a 3-2 record overall and an immaculate 2-0 divisional record.
That speaks volumes of this offense’s ability to get the job done, not to mention Tomlin’s elite coaching.
The Steelers have always found a way to get the job done and get wins out of the mud, even if it’s not always pretty.
Up next, the Steelers will hit the road for a clash vs. the Los Angeles Rams after a much-needed BYE Week.
And while the rest of the way won’t get any easier, you always have to like this team’s chances when their defense is playing at such an elite level, regardless of the other team or how much the offense seems to be struggling.