Week 5 proved to be by far the best week of the Pittsburgh Steelers' season so far. They did not play, and therefore avoided another week of being bashed for their relentless mediocrity.
In a week where every other team in the AFC North got a win, it was probably for the best that Pittsburgh laid low and did nothing to remind the world that they were the only team in the division without a win.
Going into Week 6, the Steelers will be facing a surprisingly tough New York Jets team that just took down the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome on Monday Night Football. Remind me why we cannot play Jacksonville this season?
Anyway, the Steelers hopefully will have spent the last two weeks doing some major soul searching. Coach Mike Tomlin hopefully will have identified Pittsburgh's weaknesses (which is basically everything) and been active in trying to plug the holes.
Or it is quite possible this is just one of those seasons Pittsburgh and its fans has already written off as a lost one. Sorry, too much pessimism. No franchise as respectable as the Steelers would ever adopt that attitude.
Since the Steelers will not quit, they have theoretically used their bye week to improve certain areas that really need the help. Let us check out these key parts of the game that will make or break the rest of Pittsburgh's season.