No doubt starting a season with two western road games is a tough way to start. A realistic goal was to enter the bye 2-1. Failing to meet that test means the first two game after the bye become must wins...before facing the Bengals one month from tonight.
Actually, the early bye may be a good thing this year. Defense definitely needs some shoring up. I hope no one is panicking. Eagles @ home and Titans away are both winnable games.
But we need to meet the Bengals being 3-2. Anything else could spell disaster, because the Bengals at home on Sun. night will be tough. That will be the Steelers' Second Crucial Test of the Season, provided they can rebound in the interim.