The Pittsburgh Steelers' 2013 season has gotten off to an incredibly disappointing start and could essentially be over if they drop to 0-4.
Even at 0-3 the outlook on a playoff run looks bleak, though at least the team showed some kind of life in the loss versus the Chicago Bears.
Here are five bold predictions for the Steelers in their Week 4 matchup in London against the Minnesota Vikings.
Ben Roethlisberger, like the entire team, has not had a good start to the 2013 season and right now has four touchdowns and four interceptions in three games.
Ben has just not looked sharp so far, and if the team is to have any hope at all, he is going to have to really pick up his play.
There were a lot of us who thought Ben could have an MVP-type season in 2013 with as well as he played before injury last year.
Unfortunately, the entire offense for the majority of the first three games has just looked stagnant, and a big part has been the play of Roethlisberger.
Adrian Peterson hasn’t really gotten himself going yet this season and has only rushed for 100 yards once the first three games.
The Steelers defense doesn’t seem to be as stout as years past and has given up 100 yards in every game in 2013.
Before the team can really start getting consistent pressure on the quarterback, the defense needs to make the opposing offense one-dimensional.
If the defense can stop Peterson, I would take my chances with Christian Ponder trying to win the game through the air.
Though the Steelers’ running game looked better versus the Bears in Week 3, for the most part it has looked pretty bad.
The lack of a running game has put a ton of pressure on Roethlisberger, and the offensive line has struggled in pass protection.
If the team intends on Ben lasting the season, it needs some kind of balance, and according to NFL Insider Jay Glazer, second-round pick Le’Veon Bell will be making his NFL debut against the Vikings.
Bell has been injured for most of his short tenure with the Steelers, and I think we’re all excited to finally see what the back can do.
Even though this is will be Bell’s first action of the season, I think Mike Tomlin will ride the rookie and provide a spark for the offense.
The Steelers defense has not been put in a lot of good situations because of the terrible offensive performances thus far, and it hasn’t forced a turnover yet this season.
Forcing turnovers has been a problem the last couple of seasons for the Steelers, and it would definitely help the offense to have a short field one of these times.
The defense in general has looked pretty soft for a while now, which is why the team drafted Jarvis Jones in the first round of this year’s draft.
At this point, I’m not sure if anyone on the defense even knows what a turnover is, but this week I see the drought ending against the Vikings.
Just in case the team, and fans, didn’t know, the Steelers are currently fourth and in last place in the division behind the Cleveland Browns.
Yes, it’s only three weeks into the season, but for most of 2013, the team has looked unprepared, listless and embarrassing.
The team finally showed a glimpse of something versus the Bears on offense, yet it really doesn’t matter because it still came away with the loss.
The Steelers aren’t going 0-16, and they will get their first win of the season this week against the Vikings.
Starting 0-3 has obviously taken the air out of everyone, and it’s not fun being so close to disaster this early in the season, but I look forward to watching the team actually win a game this week.