“Awww! Ben’s hurt! Dat’s it. Season’s over. Don’t need to watch anymore games for the year.” That phrase was a reoccurring theme after the second quarter last Sunday when Ben Roethlisberger ended up tearing the meniscus ligament in his left knee. Surprisingly, Ben came back to finish the game, but without any positive result.
The Miami Dolphins seemed to be unstoppable and could possibly be returning in different uniforms that look like the New England Patriots. After last week, Miami now is 24th in the league in rushing yards after adding 216 yards on the ground against a somewhat highly ranked rushing defense. Look for former short-lived Steelers player LaGarette Blount to rekindle his friendship this week with LeVeon Bell as the Patriots come to Heinz Field.
With Landry Jones at Quarterback and the lack of defensive stops against the Dolphins, I don’t see a Steelers win this week.
“It was a collective failure by us.” –Mike Tomlin
No kidding. The Dolphins were a team that the Steelers should have clobbered. Instead, the Miami Dolphins stepped up their game. There’s nothing else that you can do but criticize the team who played poorly and tip your cap to the team who dominated. Let’s get to our steel recognitions of the week:
COAL – He who fueled the fire – There wasn’t much of a fire on the Steeler offensive side of the ball. Therefore, this week’s coal recognition goes to Miami Dolphins’ running back, Jay Ajayi. With 25 rushing attempts, 204 yards, and 2 touchdowns, Ajayi dominated the Steelers defense and carried the Dolphins to the 30-15 win.
ORE – The rock that stood tall – I’m going to think outside of the box here and choose Dolphins head coach Adam Gase and the rest of the coaching staff. They had a game plan and stuck it to Pittsburgh. Even if you take out the 62 yard run by Ajayi late in the game, that’s still 154 total rushing yards. Ryan Tannehill doesn’t show up on the highlight reels after last week, but his 24/32 pass completions and 252 passing yards created a balanced attack for the Dolphins. The game plan worked and was rock solid the entire 60 minutes.
SCRAP METAL – Scrap it…period – The Steelers defense. That’s got to be scrapped if the Steelers want any chance to defeat New England on Sunday. The 450+ yards given up in week six shows that Pittsburgh’s defense has flaws. Of course, that was known before the season started. Yet, with Ben Roethlisberger out and third down conversions being crucial for Landry Jones to convert, I think we will see the Steelers defense on the field just as long as it was against Miami.
So far, my predictions haven’t gone well. I’ve been wrong when predicting scores and I’m 2-1 regarding Steeler victories. I’m going to predict a New England Patriots win as Tom Brady needed little to no time getting back in the saddle against Cleveland. Brady will be picking apart the Steelers defense leading the Pats to a large victory 34-17. Hopefully, my streak of being incorrect will continue for Week 7. Fingers crossed.