Sunday’s loss to the lowly Browns marked the Pittsburgh Steelers' first two-game losing streak since 2009 and jeopardized the team’s postseason dreams. Though still in the hunt for a wild-card spot, the Steelers blew an opportunity to keep pace with other AFC playoff hopefuls. With the Cincinnati Bengals surging, Pittsburgh now faces added pressure to find answers going into Baltimore this week.
The easy solution is eliminating turnovers that plagued the team throughout the game in Cleveland. Pittsburgh handed the ball over to the Browns an astounding eight times. Even bad teams will take advantage of a gift like that. Not surprisingly, no modern NFL team has ever given the ball up that many times and still won the game.
The turnovers are not a long-term problem, though. Games like this happen from time to time, even to the best of teams. Sometimes, it’s just not your day. The Steelers backfield is not going to fumble five times every week.
More troubling going forward are the other weak spots that helped the Steelers blow the game. Even after giving away the ball eight times, the Black and Gold still had a chance to beat the Browns. Ultimately, though, the Steelers were undone and will continue to be undone by some serious weaknesses that keep showing up at the most inopportune moments.
Here are four things that should worry Pittsburgh fans going into Baltimore.