As we know the Steelers are in the news at the moment with the QB situation.
Fans still believe they can do well in the first 4 weeks without Roethlisberger. Others believe they will fail in those 4 weeks.
This is my view of the current situation and my thoughts.
With Roethlisberger suspended for 4 weeks, this poses the question who will start in the all important quarterback role.
As Leftwich likely to be out for between 2-4 weeks with a sprained knee another QB option has disappeared.
This leaves Charlie Batch and Dennis Dixon.
Both are no Big Ben. However both are suitable back-ups. Charlie Batch is a veteran and has good knowledge of the playbook as he played while Ben was injured in 2005 and 2006.
However Dixon is young and versatile. He can scramble and run with the ball if need be. Dixon has shown that he is a suitable option as a backup and can start in the next few weeks if need be and he is called upon.
My personal opinion is that the Steelers should start Dixon but its seems like they are leaning towards Charlie Batch on this occasion.
The Steelers defence in the 2008 season was the best. In 2009 with the loss of Troy Polamalu and Aaron Smith the defence slacked, conceding big in the 2nd half of games. However they still did well against the run.
With the return of Polamalu and Smith should bolster the defense once again, and help in all areas of the game.
The return of McFadden will revitalize the corners from last season poor attempt to stop plays.
Overall the defence should step up once again and be a force to be reckoned with.
With a hard division in the AFC North having to compete with the Bengals and Ravens, the schedule gets harder.
My prediction of the first 4 weeks without Big Ben is that the Steelers will go 2-2 beating the titans and the Bucs. Some see this as optimistic however i believe it can be done.
I think that the Steelers overall for the whole season will be a strong playoff competitor and will make it to the wild-card place going 10-6.