Well, Week 1 was depressing. There is not much left to say about that embarrassment against the Tennessee Titans. So let us move on quickly to Week 2!
If they shrink from the spotlight and look overmatched against a young, talented Bengals squad, 2013 can probably be considered a lost season. If Pittsburgh cannot handle Andy Dalton, A.J. Green and one of the NFL's most dynamic defenses, how could they ever hope to handle the Patriots, Packers and Ravens?
On the other hand, if Pittsburgh can rise to the occasion, we can all consider Week 1 a fluke. Remember, the Steelers looked great on that first drive before Maurkice Pouncey's season ended with a torn ACL. Maybe Kelvin Beachum or the newly-signed Fernando Velasco can protect Ben Roethlisberger and spark a running game that did not exist last week.
Win or lose, the Steelers have to at least stay competitive. Despite the 16-9 score, the game was not really close. Only Jake Locker being Jake Locker and the Steel Curtain kept the score tighter than it should have been.
With all that in mind, it is time to predict Week 2 stat lines for Pittsburgh's offensive starters. Keep in mind that I am a Steelers fan who still has a shred of hope left for this season. If I sound optimistic in certain areas, that would be why.