The Pittsburgh Steelers were supposed to be getting a tune-up for the New England Patriots, not making the 1-4 Miami Dolphins look like the Patriots. Hard-edged. So, while other teams ramp down contact during practices to off-set the wear and tear of the season, there’s no let-up in Pittsburgh. Dolphins LT Branden Albert returned after missing two games, first with a leg problem and then an illness that caused him to lose 12 pounds. The Eagles (3-2) lost their second straight. The Steelers, meanwhile, were 64-46, a winning percentage of.581. Pittsburgh is feeling pretty good about theirselves having taken care of their last two opponents easily.
In those seasons when the Steelers have been legitimate contenders, they have not had problems in these kinds of games.
How will the game play out?
Pittsburgh seems to have found a new gear with Bell in the backfield.
While Ben Roethlisberger made a few headlines by asking the team to re-evaluate practice habits, there’s nothing wrong with his performance in actual games this season. Seattle strong safety Kam Chancellor and defensive end Frank Clark were both inactive for Sunday’s game against the Falcons.
The Dolphins’ offense ranks 29th overall (303.8 yards per game) and 31st on the ground (72.4) while their defense is dead last against the run (150.8). Devante Parker led in receiving with 70 yards in two catches while Admien Williams had 67 yards in two catches. Antonio Brown, the NFL’s leading receiver, was held to four receptions for 39 yards.
Miami imposed their will on the Steelers defense and all the bets that the Pittsburgh coaches hedged in the offseason have come back to bite them in a big way. If it isn’t already raining in Miami, these two offenses will bring the rain.
Receiver Jarvis Landry is above average, though he a slot guym while Kenny Stills gave the Steelers fits a couple of years ago playing for the Saints. Ben Roethlisberger should throw for around 350 yards if this one stays respectable. Arian Foster was limited to only three carries for three yards.
The Dolphins can actually play.
Roethlisberger is listed as questionable to return. Facing the 1-4 Miami Dolphins, the Steelers look to dismantle yet another team with their high-powered offense. The fact that Roethlisberger plays much better at Heinz field bodes well for his Week 6 fantasy outlook. Hopefully, this isn’t the case at Miami.
A very shaky start for the Pittsburgh Steelers in Miami has gotten worse. The Dolphins got thumped at home by the Tennessee Titans in week five.
Eight-yard out to wide open Sammie Coates. Their run defense ranks last, and their running game next to last. Hubbard and Villanueva are going to have their hands full with those guys, and they have to be on their games.
Week six is basically a bye week in disguise and the Steelers will treat it that way. The Steelers don’t have much faith in Jones, which puts a lot of pressure on Bell to carry the load. Can Miami even make a game of it?
BAD START: Rather than contend for their first playoff berth since 2008, the Dolphins are in the mix to pick No. 1 in the draft for the first time since.
The Dolphins will be lethargic all day long.