The Good: Ben Roethlisberger
Ben Roethlisberger is quietly having his best season yet, even if he doesn't want to believe it. Big Ben has been hot though, and the Steelers' success this season is directly tied to the accurate, efficient play of the quarterback.
Pittsburgh faces a second-half climb in the AFC North, and for it to make the playoffs Big Ben has to be more of a factor each week. He's clearly the best player on the team right now. It's time to use him like it.
The Bad: Age
Seven starters on defense are over 30 years old, and while Casey Hampton and Co. may terrorize two rookies on the Cincinnati Bengals offensive line, the defense has been an issue all season.
In Week 7, the Steelers defense did look great, and that's largely because they are finally getting healthy, but trusting the aging starters on defense to last the entire season (and maybe through the playoffs) is tricky.
Troy Polamalu, James Harrison and Casey Hampton have all been injured this season, and if the Steelers are to make a run in the postseason, they need their Big Three healthy.