Gridiron Report: Season Recap

Written By Anthony Cugini, Sports Columnist

The Pittsburgh Steelers sat at 3-3 on the season as they entered their bye week.

It’s been a worse start to the season than many Steelers fans expected. After beating Buffalo in week one, Pittsburgh dropped three straight games to the Raiders, Bengals and Packers.

A big contributor to those losses was the poor quarterback play. Ben Roethlisberger struggled as he threw four interceptions in those three losses. Ben has improved his play and hasn’t thrown an interception since.

Rookie running back Najee Harris is making his case for the Rookie of the Year. Harris has shown he’s not only a phenomenal rusher, but he is also extremely effective in the passing game. Harris has 388 yards on the ground and 244 yards receiving. Najee also has scored four touchdowns in total through his first six games. Something to note is that Harris hasn’t fumbled the ball yet either.

Harris hasn’t been the only impressive offensive weapon the Steelers have had. Wide receivers Chase Claypool and Diontae Johnson have both been impressive in the passing game. Johnson leads the team in receiving yards with 376 while also scoring three touchdowns. Chase Claypool isn’t far behind Johnson as he has 358 yards and a touchdown.

On the defensive side of the ball, T.J. Watt continues to show that he’s one of the best players in the league. Watt has recorded seven sacks in just five games. Despite missing a game due to injury, Watt still sits third in the league in sacks. Another key part to his game continues to be forcing fumbles as he already has three in the young season.

A point of concern for Pittsburgh has been the offensive line. The young offensive line includes two rookies: center Kendrick Green and left tackle Dan Moore Jr. The offensive line has looked shaky at best. They’ll have a tough matchup next week against NFL sack leader Myles Garret.

The Steelers sit last in the AFC North as the Browns are 4-3 and the Bengals and Ravens both 5-2. The North has been one of the best divisions in football so far this season as there isn’t a team in the division with a losing record. The odds are certainly stacked against Pittsburgh as they try to defend their AFC North title.

The Steelers will have a chance to make up some ground as they take on the Cleveland Browns in week eight. A win would propel them ahead of their division rivals and into third place. The Browns will most likely be missing quarterback Baker Mayfield though they showed they could win without him. The Browns beat the Broncos 17-14 despite missing Mayfield, running back Nick Chubb, and a lot of other crucial players.

Despite who will be out for Cleveland, it’s going to be a tough matchup for the Steelers. Pittsburgh looks for revenge as the Browns knocked the Steelers out of the playoffs last year, beating them 48-37. Pittsburgh looks to return the favor as they head to Cleveland on Sunday.