The Pittsburgh Steelers offense has been embarrassing, anemic and inept through the first two games of the 2013 season.
It’s just painful to watch right now, and at this point it would be realistic to predict negative yardage for players on offense.
Here is a full prediction of every player who may touch the football for the Steelers in Week 3 vs. the Chicago Bears.
25-35, 270 yards, two touchdowns, one interception
The Bears will be the best defense the team has faced to this point in the season, but I think Roethlisberger will look sharper in this game.
The offense has just been bad, but Roethlisberger didn’t help in Week 2 by missing throws—and especially on the interception that sealed the game.
The Steelers offense can’t look putrid three weeks in a row, can they? I predict Roethlisberger has a decent game and that the offense, at least passing, shows some kind of life.
Eight carries, 15 yards, one touchdown
10 carries, 30 yards, three receptions, 18 yards
Three carries, 10 yards
The running game has just been awful so far this season, and a lot of fans would point to Le’Veon Bell's injury as the reason.
I would argue that though Bell has more talent than the other backs on the roster, Isaac Redman and Jonathan Dwyer should be serviceable.
Mike Tomlin has completely messed up the running back position. And, honestly, who knows who will really get carries this week.
At some point Tomlin needs to just stick with a guy or have a better rotation than he does now. The running game has struggled for more than a year now, so until I see something different I predict it struggles again.
Two receptions, 20 yards
The Steelers tight end position has done next to nothing to this point in the season, and according to Dave Bryan of SteelersDepot.com, Heath Miller should practice fully this week.
That being said, I don’t expect Miller back this week, and even if he did come back, I think it will take a week for him to get back into the offense.
David Paulson has quickly unendeared himself to Steelers’ fans by being a terrible blocker and then barely getting open.
When he finally made a big play against the Bengals, Paulson then fumbled, killing any momentum the Steelers had at the beginning of the game.
Five receptions, 60 yards, one touchdown
Seven receptions, 82 yards
Five receptions, 50 yards, one touchdown
Three receptions, 40 yards
The receivers on this team need to start stepping up because they are not catching the ball consistently and not getting open enough.
Bryan seems to think Markus Wheaton will become more involved in the offense. I really hope he does, but until I see it, I’m not just going to give the coaches the benefit of the doubt that they’ll actually use him.
It may be wishful thinking that there will be two touchdown passes and both will come from the receiving corps, but I don’t see it coming from anywhere else.