Despite Controversial Anthem Protest, Steelers Still March On

By Charles J. Richey

October 01, 2017

In Baltimore, Md., the Pittsburgh Steelers entered M&T Bank Stadium following a Week 3 filled with lots of controversy surrounding the  misconstrued Anthem Protest by eyes of many fans.  When it came back to football, the main focus by many was there lack of a running game which currently ranks 28th and their overall total Offense is 21st.  Despite all that, Oddsshark had them favored by 2.5 points.  By the end of the day the Pittsburgh Steelers accomplished the unthinkable by winning a game on the road in Baltimore in which they haven’t accomplished in five years.  It was indeed a huge monkey lifted off their back.

“I’m so proud of my teammates, even more than the win right now, that we went out there and represented the organization the right way,” said center, Maurkice Pouncey when asked about the players standing before the game.  Even more so than that, it was the Le’Veon Bell show as him and his teammates were able to answer the bell!  He gained 186 All-purpose Yards which featured 144 yards on the ground rushing.  Everybody kept on waiting for him to get going and he finally delivered.  He helped on Offense deliver a much-needed win in Baltimore and now him and his teammates rank atop the AFC North alone with a one game lead over the Ravens at 3-1 and a 2-0 record in the Division.

As for the Defense, Dave Bryan of Steelers Depot reported seven inactive and on the Defensive side it was one starter, Safety Mike Mitchell who was battling a hamstring injury earlier in the week.  Also, on their bench, #92 backup Linebacker, James Harrison was added to the injury report on Friday due to an illness.  With the Steelers as of the moment ranked #2 in Passing Defense, they were able to shut down Joe Flacco and minimize his passing plays to 31 passing attempts and have a 63% on completions.  At the end of the day, the Steelers won the Turnover Ratio with a +2 and are +3 overall so far in the Regular Season.  This has been a main focus all Offseason and it’s reflecting pretty well to start the Season.

They will have their hands full with a top Pass Rush in the Jacksonville Jaguars who have 18 Sacks vs the Steelers 15.  The Steelers will need to be aggressive with their ground attack once again as the Jaguars rank towards the bottom at 27th.  The Jaguars are ranked #1 in less sacks taken.  This could become a potential matchup for both teams.  If the Steelers have learned anything especially from last weekend, they will find a way to remain focused and march on!

Twitter: @ProdigyRichey

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