Rashard Mendenhall Set To Return to Pittsburgh Steelers Starting Lineup

Anyone that has watched a Steelers game this year probably noticed at least one issue with the Pittsburgh squad — their running game has been a little off. The Pittsburgh Steelers averaged only about 65 rushing yards per game during their first three outings, which leaves them second to last in the league in rushing (the Raiders are worse). Coach Mike Tomlin hasn’t had any definite answers on how he plans to lift the Steelers’ running game out of their slump, but hopefully Rashard Mendenhall’s return will be all Pittsburgh needs.

But Pittsburgh Steelers tickets won’t give fans a chance to see Mendenhall consistently rip off 100-yard rushing games; the Steelers are quite simply a different kind of team this year. Roethlisberger is currently on fire, and the Steelers are capitalizing on plenty of chances to convert on third and fourth downs. While the addition of Mendenhall should give the Steelers more offensive options and turn their running game from terrible to acceptable, it won’t result in significant changes to the Steelers’ playbook.

Heading into week five, the Pittsburgh Steelers will bank on their bye week giving them the rest they need to get their battered troops back on the field. Not only is Mendenhall set to return before the weekend, but the Steelers will also regain Troy Polamalu, James Harrison, and Casey Hampton. If Big Ben can keep playing aggressively while making good decisions down the field, the Steelers have a real shot at putting their disappointing 1-2 start to bed. The Pittsburgh Steelers next face off against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday October, 7 at Heinz Field. The Steelers will then travel to Tennessee on October 11 to play the Tennessee Titans.