Pittsburgh Steelers: What You Need to Know Heading into Week 7

Curt PopejoyContributor IOctober 14, 2013

BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 02: Defensive back Cortez Allen #28 of the Pittsburgh Steelers breaks up a pass intended for wide receiver Torrey Smith #82 of the Baltimore Ravens during the first half at M&T Bank Stadium on December 2, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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The Pittsburgh Steelers had reason to celebrate as they were finally able to get into the win column with a 19-6 victory over the New York Jets.

However, there's no time for ping pong as the Steelers return home to prepare to host the division rival Baltimore Ravens in what has to be categorized as a must-win game for the Steelers.

So, let's get you ready with what you need to know entering Week 7.


Division Standings

Even after the big win on Sunday, the Steelers still find themselves in last place in the AFC North and well behind the division-leading Cincinnati Bengals.

At this point, the Steelers cannot look beyond the next game. They can do nothing to control what happens with the teams above them, and all they can do is be at their best to beat everyone on their schedule going forward.


Injury Report

Going into Sunday's game, the only injury of significance was that of rookie wide receiver Markus Wheaton.

Wheaton broke his finger the week before and had been ruled out for Sunday's game early in the week, according to Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Steelers insider Gerry Dulac:

Rookie WR Markus Wheaton (finger) wont play vs Jets, Mike Tomlin said.

— Gerry Dulac (@gerrydulac) October 8, 2013

This injury wasn't significant to the outcome of the game, and we should know later in the week if Wheaton will be available for the Week 7 game against the Ravens.

News for newly acquired offensive tackle Levi Brown is less encouraging, as he was actually injured during pregame warm-ups:

Yahoo: New Steelers left tackle Levi Brown gets hurt during warm-ups … after old starting tackle Mike Adams rul... http://t.co/ecZfbb0cnk

— Pittsburgh Steelers (@Stillers) October 13, 2013

The Steelers offensive line did its best to hold it together against a stout Jets front, but going forward this team needs all hands on deck.


What Must Improve

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 13: Running Back Le'Veon Bell #26 of the Pittsburgh Steelers runs the ball against the New York Jets gets on October 13, 2013 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

Sunday's performance was solid in nearly all phases, but there are still areas for growth. This week, focus should be on the run game and how to improve the offensive line play to get it done.

If Brown is to miss significant time, he leaves the Steelers offensive line without any real depth. This means the Steelers might have to dip into the free-agency pool to bolster not only the backups, but maybe even allow starting left tackle Kelvin Beachum to return to his reserve role.

This must be a sole point of emphasis for the week. The Ravens will be coming after Ben Roethlisberger every chance they get, and so the running game must do a better job and be more than a diversion as it was against the Jets.