The 6-2 Steelers travel to Indianapolis to face the 3-6 Indianapolis Colts. The Steelers are coming off a bye week and should be well rested and healthy. If you think this is going to be a cakewalk for the Steelers, you haven’t been watching NFL games. Let’s look at the match-ups.
Colts Offense vs Steelers Defense
This would’ve been a much more closer game if Andrew Luck was back from his shoulder injury, but Jacoby Brissett has been impressive since coming from the Patriots. They rank 23rd in passing offense with 205 yards per game. But they are dead last in the league in sacks allowed. That’s not good news for them when the Steelers defense is 4th in the league with 26 sacks.
One thing Brissett has going for him is that he can run, and the Steelers sometimes have trouble against mobile quarterbacks. Leading receiver T.Y. Hilton has a groin injury, and if he’s going to miss the game, that will hurt the Colts greatly.
Steelers Offense vs Colts Defense
The Colts defense might be just what the Steelers need to get on track. The Colts are last in the NFL with an average of 29 points allowed per game. It didn’t help when cornerback Vontae Davis was released this week.
The question is, will the Steelers offense stop itself? The main issues the offense had the first half was red zone inefficiency, Ben Roethlisberger‘s inconsistency and Martavis Bryant‘s attitude. With a week off, we’ll see if they’ve resolved these problems.
This has every indication of a blowout. The Steelers are healthy, well rested and ready to run on all cylinders. The only thing going against them is the notion that they play down to the competition.
Steelers 34, Colts 17
Lifelong Pittsburgh sports fan here.