Fresh off a great performance against the Philadelphia Eagles there is no time to rest. With the lockout shrinking the offseason, a typical fan is now in constant evaluation mode. Well, time to look forward to Game 3 of the preseason against the Atlanta Falcons.
Each team thus far has tested potential vulnerabilities in the Pittsburgh Steelers. First, the Washington Redskins tested how the team approaches weaker opponents. In the first game the Steelers looked past the Redskins and lost the game.
The Philadelphia Eagles tested how the defense would respond to mobile quarterbacks. The Eagles had two mobile quarterbacks—rare in the NFL—and the Steelers passed that test with flying colors. The offense was tested in the ability to deal with shut down cover corners along with a decent pass rush and the offense responded despite a depleted offensive line due to injuries in the game.
The Atlanta Falcons will provide a test similar to the New England Patriots and Green Bay Packers and that is the ability to deal with spread offenses and quarterbacks who get the ball out quickly. I have no doubt they will pass this test.
I have identified nine players who will make the difference in the game and players to watch with the following list.