3 Things The Steelers Need to Improve During the Bye Week

With a running game that’s off to the worst start since 1950 and a 1-2 record, it’s not difficult to find areas of improvement for the Pittsburgh Steelers. One of the most widely anticipated problems for the Steelers this season – whether new offensive coordinator Todd Haley and Ben Roethlisberger would sync – turned out to be no problem at all. Roethlisberger currently ranks second among QBs in the NFL, has a 68 percent pass completion rate, and leads the NFL with eight touchdowns.

So what’s with the losing start? There are three things that the Steelers should improve in the bye week before Pittsburgh Steelers tickets are sold out for the team’s week four matchup against the Eagles.

1. Make vast improvements in the running game

No Steelers running back has surpassed 50 rushing yards in a game. In fact, Isaac Redman currently holds the season’s longest run at 13 yards. Without Rashard Mendenhall, Isaac Redman and Jonathan Dwyer haven’t been able to boost the running game. It seems that the Steelers’ hopes for rescuing their running game will lie on Mendenhall’s possible return to the field in week four.

2. Lock the opposing QB up with some pressure

While Mark Sanchez felt a little heat from Steelers defensemen in their week two loss to the Steelers, Peyton Manning and Carson Palmer enjoyed the cool lack of almost any pressure from the Steelers defense, and that has to change. Roethlisberger’s stellar play, if it continues, can make up for the occasional running game hiccup, but not if the opposing Qb has all the time in the world to toss for 250+ yards.

3. Invest in the Cornerback position

Cortez Allen, Keenan Lewis, and Ike Taylor are not making it happen for the Pittsburgh Steelers, and the cornerback position is going to need some serious attention if the Steelers hope to repair their ailing defense. Only Curtis Brown, who failed to impress in the preseason, waits in the wings.

With a stellar passing game and hope for the running game, the Steelers certainly have a shot at coming back from the bye week break a new team. Mendenhall’s return may not immediately resurrect run plays, but it will certainly help and Big Ben is proving why he’s still one of the best QBs in the league.