Now we all know the Steelers should and better be able to take care of the Browns next Sunday here at Heinz Field without much a problem and push their record to 4-2. What concerns and worries me is the 3 games in a row after the Browns game against the Vikings,at Denver,and here against the Bengals. Those 3 teams have a combined record of 14-1 through the first 5 weeks of the season with the Vikings and the Broncos yet to lose a game. All 3 of these teams as well are finding ways to win close games late in the 4th quarter in particular the Broncos and Bengals. The Vikings have Brett Favre who is always dangerous and is capable of coming back in the 4th quarter of any close game anytime you play him.
My point being here is whatever is wrong with this Steelers defense and their clearly is something wrong with it whether it's Troy being out or whatever they had better fix this problem and fix it fast. Today while the defense did get 3 sacks on the last series they still allowed way too many 3rd down and long conversions and let the Lions team without their best receiver in Calvin Johnson hang around until the last minute of the 4th quarter. This has now happened 4 weeks in a row where closing the door on a decent 4th quarter lead just continues to be a glaring glaring problem for this defense. The Steelers may have been able to escape it today against an inept Lions team but if they continue to keep pushing their luck doing this in that stretch of games with the Vikes,Broncos,and Bengals they are going to find themselves on the short end of the stick in probably 2 of them and maybe all 3. It's not far fetched all the way this defense continues to implode in the 4th quarter to suggest that at all. The Steelers need Troy to come back for that Vikings game and be ready to go for that key 3 game stretch. He is almost a MUST have for the defense in each of those games. Because it's pretty clear right now that the secondary and Tyrone Carter absolutely stink and cant stop anything underneath or short and continue to give up big plays on 3rd and long. Im pretty sure Tomlin knows he will need Troy back for that stretch so I have no doubt in my mind that he will sit Troy one more week against the Browns so that he is back and ready to go for the Vikings game and beyond. Nonetheless, as I mentioned the Steelers had better fix these 4th quarter meltdowns and fix them fast after this Browns game because if you do it against the likes of the Vikings,Broncos,and Bengals the way those teams have been playing and finding ways to win games late like they have done so far this season youre luck is going to run out and youre going to come out on the losing end.