I'll go ahead and start it, I know that's where everybody's head is at. We can keep adding as injury information becomes available (etc.):
- Honestly, it's almost impossible to know much about the Steelers just yet because they've played the softest schedule in the league without being dominant or blowing anybody out. They've struggled with some downright bad teams.
- On paper, the defense is amazing... like the Colts, and we scored in all four first half possessions. Colts also hadn't played anybody. Steelers get a lot of sacks and have all but completely shut down the run.
COULD be a great defense, but it's hard to tell. Philly moved the ball, scored points, and we're better.
- Ben has been really efficient but the passing game isn't explosive. QBR is in the 60s, doesn't live up to the PR, and Juju is at 9 a catch. Ben is around 7 a throw, kind of low for the league. Their running game (like their main back) is... good? Definitely not scary.
- Like the Colts, Steelers are about to face the best they've seen so far. Actually, pretty similar teams in a lot of ways.
- Chase Claypool has become their go-to, at least for now. Holy shit, that team can draft WRs.
- A huge part of this game is figuring out who can suit up. We're so dinged and at some very upsetting places. Losing Chubb AND Teller seriously compromises what we've been doing so far. Baker showed that for a half, he can be a 400 yard passer again... but I'm still struggling to explain the 2nd half, other than we had a 27-10 lead and Baker got dinged.
- On defense, Harrison was a MASSIVE upgrade, but now might be out. We really need Ogunjobi back because the rook had himself a nightmare. Feels like this game is all smokey from here as far as injuries, gonna clear up as the week rolls on.
My summary for now: We aren't gonna run all over this team. That's been their signature forever, lock down the run, put you behind the chains, exotic blitz you to death. We'll need to throw on early downs more often for sure.
It's a big game for Baker. Huge.