Pittsburgh Steelers Recap: 5 Positive Things To Take Away From Week 3 Struggle

Joseph BrunoCorrespondent ISeptember 28, 2011

Pittsburgh Steelers Recap: 5 Positive Things To Take Away From Week 3 Struggle

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    Most of us expected the Pittsburgh Steelers to completely demolish the Peyton Manning-less Indianapolis Colts in Week 3.

    What actually happened was the Steelers offense struggling and the game coming down to a late Shaun Suisham field goal for the three-point win.

    The game should not have been that close, however, here are five positive things I can take away for the Steelers going forward.

Troy Polamalu

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    Even though Troy did not have an interception, he looked like his old self out there, flying around and wreaking havoc.

    He was repeatedly in the Colts backfield, and was close to stealing the QB-RB exchange a few times.

    It looked like he was sleep walking for the first couple weeks of the season, and it was good to see him once again disrupting plays and getting turnovers.

Marcus Gilbert

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    Rookie tackle Marcus Gilbert showed me something against the Colts, performing fairly well and returning to the game while still injured when linemen started going down left and right.

    Jonathan Scott and Gilbert both gave up a sack-fumble against Indy,but the difference was that Scott just got abused and Gilbert’s was due to Ben Roethlisberger holding on to the ball for too long.

    The second-round pick out of Florida will continue to improve as the season progresses, and even though the Steelers are desperate for O-line help, Gilbert looks to be a part of the future of the line with former college teammate Maurkice Pouncey at center.

Mike Wallace

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    Mike Wallace is on fire right now and is currently second in the league in receiving yards and third in receptions.

    He has been one of the few bright spots in the Steelers offense and his receiving totals have been rising every week this season—from 107, to 126, to 144 this past Sunday.

    With the Steelers unable to protect Ben Roethlisberger or open any holes for the run game, Mike Wallace has been carrying the offense and should continue all the way to the Pro Bowl.

James Harrison

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    The Steelers pass rush still does not look right at all and the defense only recorded one sack, by James Harrison, against the Colts in Week 3.

    Harrison looked great against the run the whole night, and it was a good sign to see him blow around the corner and smack QB Curtis Painter to force the fumble Troy Polamalu returned for a touchdown.

    The linebackers are usually a strength for the Steelers, however, they have not been causing enough chaos so far in 2011, and hopefully that sack can propel the rest of the defense going forward.

Ike Taylor

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    One of the only consistent forces on the Steelers this season has been Ike Taylor and his ability to shut down any and all opposing wideouts placed across him.

    Ike is the Steelers' best corner, and other than being fooled on a double move against the Colts, he has locked down every receiver he’s faced thus far.

    He will have his toughest challenge against star Houston Texans wideout Andre Johnson. Though Taylor may not be able to shut Johnson down completely, the Steelers defense will need him to continue the strong play he has displayed through the first three games.