2. Pittsburgh Steelers
Ending a game in a tie is disappointing, even more so when you tie the team that is 1-31 in their last 32 games. Yes, that’s right, the Steelers tied with the Cleveland Browns in Week 1. A show of hands from anyone who predicted that. Don’t worry, I’ll wait.
The Steelers blew a 21-7 lead to end up tying 21-21. Now, not to make excuses, but the rainstorm that drug on throughout out the entire match significantly aided the Browns. The Steelers offense is largely predicated on the passing game, but when there is a significant amount of rain and the ball is slippery, the running game becomes increasingly more important. No problem, the Steelers have Le’Veon Bell, one of the league’s premier running backs.
Oh wait, that’s right. He hasn’t reported to the team yet and is inactive. Back up running back James Conner is good, but he is no Bell. In Week 2 the Steelers are at home against a talented Chiefs team that plays little to no defense. Better yet, the Chiefs secondary is the weakest link which opens up a ton of possibilities for Antonio Brown and JuJu Smith-Schuster. Expect bot of them to have big games.
The tie is clearly going to be a point of conversation during the game, but if the Steelers come out and dominate a quality opponent, people will quickly forget the embarrassing Week 1 performance. Look for Big Ben and the passing game to get going early and never look back because they need to make a statement in Week 2.