The Steelers are set for their first game in 10 days tomorrow when they battle the Bears in Chicago. The Steelers are 1-10 in regular season games lifetime in Chicago, so they have history somewhat against them when they hit the road tomorrow. Here’s my keys to a Steelers win in Chicago, along with a final prediction.
1. Force Jay Cutler Out of the Pocket w/ Pressure – Seems simple, but if you watch Cutler in his Bears regular season debut last week, his throws were rushed and more than one of his four picks came when he was on the run. Unlike Ben Roethlisberger, Cutler is not a great thrower on the run, and if the Steelers can pressure him, it will force some mistakes.
2. Control the Tempo – Play like the Super Bowl champs. Don’t allow the Bears to think they are the better team, and the biggest way to do that is impose your will on both sides of the ball. A running game for sure would help, and that may mean more Rashard Mendenhall. He’s a bigger back than Willie Parker, and can hopefully pound out some yards that the team was not able to get a week ago. Bottom line though – your the better team – play like it.
3. Turnovers – Too many last week vs the Titans, including the key one by Hines Ward by the goal-line. One way to give the Bears a feeling they can hang with the Steelers is by giving them a short field with costly turnovers that will give them confidence. It would be nice to FORCE some turnovers to give the offense a short field or two to put points on the board.
So there you go, I really feel that the Steelers are the better football team, and I think the Bears coming in to the season were highly overrated. They have no wide outs, and their defense is not nearly as good as they have been made out to be.
The Steelers should win this game, and they can beat themselves, I don’t think comparing rosters the Bears can win this game without some help.
Pittsburgh 27 Chicago 13