This Sunday, the top team in the AFC will come in to Lucas Oil Stadium, along with thousands of their fans bringing with them one of the best traditions in the NFL with the terrible towel. While the team won’t necessarily be worried about what is going on the stands, they should certainly be worried about what Pittsburgh puts on the field on gameday.
Offense: The Killer Bees
Big Ben, Antonio Brown, Leveon Bell, and Martavis Bryant make up what has become known as the killer bee’s from Pittsburgh. While they haven’t been as consistent this season, they still make up one of the most lethal offenses in the NFL and will present an exceptional challenge for a Colts defense that has built a little momentum themselves.
Currently, Pittsburgh bolsters the 10th best offense in the league at over 360 yards of offense per game. Big Ben is 9th in passing, and Leveon Bell is 4th in rushing, and Antonio Brown leads all other receivers in yards,receptions, and has 3 touchdowns to go with that.
Aside from the big 3, JuJu Smith Schuster has emerged as a nice passing option, hauling in 24 receptions and scoring 4 times on those.
While the Steelers are still moving the ball well up and down the field, they have struggled in punching the ball in to the end zone, instead, settling for field goals more often than they’d like to.
Defense: New Age Steel Curtain?
There is no doubt that where Pittsburgh has made the most strides this season is on the defensive side of the ball. They are 4th in total defense, giving up only 286 yards per game, and a stout 16 points per contest.
The strength of the Pittsburgh defense is the secondary, paired with an impressive pass rush. The Steelers are only allowing 180 yards passing each game, and have racked up an astounding 26 sacks in only 8 games.
The rebuilding of the defense has been an impressive turnaround from a year ago. Led by the fastest linebacker in the league, Ryan Shazier, the Steelers went from a defense in the middle of the pack to an elite defense hungry for a Super Bowl.
Rookie linebacker T.J. Watt has also been a stud this year, making an immediate impacting and starting from day one. He is currently 6th on the team in tackles, and 2nd in sacks with 4. He makes a big time impact on 3rd down plays, showing the versatility which made him a 1st round draft pick.
The Colts will absolutely have their hands full on Sunday in Lucas Oil Stadium, which may in fact turn into a home field advantage for the Steelers based on how the Steeler fans travel.