It’s time for the Bears vs Steelers Week 3 preview. To help us get some more insight about the Pittsburgh Steelers, we’ve enlisted the help of Noah Strackbein from Still Curtain.
It’s the Bears vs Steelers Week 3 preview with teams already heading in opposite directions. The 2-0 Pittsburgh Steelers and their well-traveled fans will descend of Soldier Field on Sunday to take on the 0-2 Chicago Bears who haven’t won a game in September since 2014! It’s the tale of two franchises, the Steelers as an annual contender while the Bears are in the midst of a stretch of one playoff appearance in the last decade.
The Steelers boast a high-powered offense with a myriad of weapons at veteran quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s disposal. Le’Veon Bell is still shaking off the rust after sitting out the preseason in a contract standoff. He will be looking to get it going against a Bears front seven that is improved and clearly the Bears’ strength.
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On the defensive side of the ball, the Steelers have been rebuilding their defense and it finally seems to be coming together. They come into Sunday’s action with the third-ranked overall defense, allowing a paltry 237 yards per game with only 163 yards per game through the air.
For the Bears, they’re still seeking to find an offensive identity outside of pure incompetence. Mike Glennon has been, what’s a nice way to say this, underwhelming. Jordan Howard, who was second in the NFL in rushing in 2016, has struggled to get it going with a banged up shoulder. Rookie sensation Tarik Cohen provided a spark in Week 1, but the Bucs seemed to be on to him last week.
If there’s a glimmer of hope for the Bears offense, it’s the return of some key players. It looks like Kyle Long and Marcus Wheaton will be ready to suit up for the first time in 2017.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Bears will be challenged by the Steelers multi-dimensional offense. They can attack from all spots on the field. The good news for the Bears is that they get Prince Amukamara back, so they should have some fresh legs in the secondary. Rookie safety Eddie Jackson has been a bright spot in the early going, adjusting to playing on Sundays quite well.
To help us get some more insight behind the Steel Curtain, we’ve enlisted the help of Noah Strackbein from Still Curtain to get us ready for Bears vs Steelers.