The Bears are 2-0 after a close, sales wild game against the Vikings last week. Can they stay undefeated and get the W when they take on the Steelers in Pittsburgh on Sunday? I say yes and I’ll tell you why as I break down this week’s enemy and eye candy.
THE STEELERS ENEMY
The Steelers are sitting at 0-2 for the first time in 11 seasons and if you’ve seen either of their games this season, purchase that fact should not surprise you at all. Their run game is clearly depleted and apparently, so is the patience of some of their players. One in particular, wide receiver Antonio Brown, showed his frustration to offensive coordinator Todd Haley on the sideline in Monday’s loss to the Bengals.
To put it into perspective, Pittsburgh is currently averaging 2.4 yards per rush, which is 31st in the NFL. Their struggles aren’t completely unfounded though, losing tight end Heath Miller and center Maurkice Pouncey to injuries has certainly hindered their forward progress.
For this week’s enemy I am going with Steelers veteran strong safety and star player, Troy Polamalu. You may also recognize him from his hilarious Head and Shoulders commercials. Here’s why he’s the enemy this week.
- The Steelers are scrambling for solutions right now and for that reason, picking a veteran as the enemy is an easy choice. Pittsburgh used their first round draft pick to add Polamalu to their roster in 2003. He’s been a member of two of the Steelers’ Super Bowl championship teams and has also been selected for the Pro Bowl seven times. Polamalu is considered by many as one of the best safeties to ever play the game.
- The experienced strong safety has recorded 9 solo tackles and 6 assists so far this season. His efficiency on D could prove dangerous to the Bears still-gelling, young offensive line. The Bears O-line will be doing everything in their power to keep Polamalu away from Cutler.
- Though Steelers’ QB Ben Roethlisberger is also someone you should keep an eye on, he hasn’t had too hot of a season so far. In the first two games of 2013 he’s thrown 2 interceptions, matching the number of TDs he’s also tallied. The veteran QB has been sacked 7 times and has 1 fumble for a loss. And finally, Roethlisberger’s 74.8% quarterback rating is well below his average in past seasons.
THE STEELERS EYE CANDY
Now, on to this week’s eye candy. Since eye candy is based solely on looks, picking this player was a bit tougher. My pick is wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders and from the picture above, you can see why.
Sanders joined the Steelers in 2010 and has tallied 1,425 receiving yards and only 2 fumbles. He wears #88, so definitely keep an eye out for him in this weekend’s game.
So pace yourselves this weekend, ladies – with a Sunday Night Football matchup, you’ll have to make it through the entire weekend before the big show. The Bears-Steelers game kicks off at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday on NBC, tune in to see if Chicago can keep their undefeated status.