How important is home field advantage to the Pittsburgh Steelers? We may find out Monday night when the Steelers have to decide whether or not to play Ben Roethlisberger against the San Francisco 49ers.
Roethlisberger suffered a high ankle sprain last week and despite his best efforts, may not be ready to compete on Monday.
“I can just tell them whether I think I can go or not, and I think I can go all the time, so I’m going to do everything I can to be out there for this team," said Roethlisberger (via Steelers.com).
There is no doubt that Roethlisberger will do everything in his power to get out on the field, but if he can't, the Steelers will have to adjust as they face one of the league's best defenses.
Beyond Roethlisberger, injuries to Maurkice Pouncey, Troy Polamalu, Emmanuel Sanders and Marcus Gilbert mean that even if they all play, the 49ers will get to face a very unhealthy Steelers' team that also happens to be missing James Harrison due to a one-game suspension.
Regardless of their injury situation, the Steelers still expect results, and the only result that is acceptable at this time of season is a win.
Here are the keys for the Steelers to earn a victory over the 49ers on Monday night.