Steelers look way out of tune

Steelers look way out of tune
September 17, 2013, 10:00 am
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With Monday night’s 20-10 loss to the Bengals, the Steelers dropped to 0-2 and are eliminated from the playoffs.

OK, not officially, but let’s look at recent NFL history: Under the current divisional alignment since 2002, of the 91 teams that started a season 0-2, only eight made the postseason. That’s 8.8 percent.

And besides that, does Pittsburgh look at all like a playoff team after the first two weeks of the season?

Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writes: “The Steelers thoroughly deserve their 0-2 record. If you are starting to sense this is about to become a very long football season, you are not alone.”

Cook bemoans the lack of offense, citing one touchdown in 11 possessions in Week 1 against the Titans and the same against Cincinnati until a final score when it was too late.

And then there was the defense.

“It was bad enough that the Steelers defense produced no sacks or turnovers against the Bengals after getting just one sack against the Titans. The defensive guys can brag all they want about how few yards they give up, but they simply don't make game-changing plays anymore.”

In fact, if all you saw of Monday’s game was the highlight of Bengals rookie running back Giovani Bernard’s touchdown on a dump pass over the middle, that showed you what you needed to know about this Steelers defense. That sort of thing — catching a pass with no one around and then slicing through the secondary untouched into the end zone — isn’t what the AFC North is accustomed to seeing from Pittsburgh.