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This may come as a surprise, as the Pittsburgh Steelers’ culture is all about smash mouth, run-first football. The NFL is going to a spread-it-out attack, and the Steelers have never been better suited to adapt to that style.
With Hines Ward and Jerricho Cotchery sandwiching the “Young Money” crew of Mike Wallace, Antonio Brown, and Emmanuel Sanders, plus tight end Heath Miller, Pittsburgh may have the most complete receiving corps in the NFL.
But relax, Steelers fans, I certainly am not advocating the Black and Gold abandon the run. On the contrary, if Pittsburgh can catch teams off guard with a dominant passing game, it will make it that much easier for Rashard Mendenhall to find holes in the defense.
If Pittsburgh can make a statement against the Baltimore Ravens’ relatively soft pass defense (21st in 2010), we could see the beginning of a 1,500-yard season Mendenhall.
It is worth mentioning, if the rain that has been beating down the East coast hits Baltimore on Sunday, I would change this key to a good old-fashioned, Pittsburgh-approved mantra of “Establish the run.”