The defense and the way they were able to shut down Chris Johnson and collect 7 turnovers is getting all the headlines, but Steeler Nation knows of a bigger looming issue the next two weeks – who will be playing QB for the next two games?
Sunday the team lost starter Dennis Dixon with what is being called a knee sprain after a designed run on a 3rd-and-14 in the second quarter. Charlie Batch, who was the 2nd QB, didn’t do much of anything, though two drops, one of which would have been a TD, didn’t help his cause.
Batch threw for just 25 yards, and while the defense looks like they can beat any team by themselves right now, there is no doubt the offense has to do more, and that includes the passing game.
The team released Byron Leftwich on Saturday, but that was a move that will be corrected today. They did it to call up an extra DL for the game vs the Titans with Casey Hampton out, and it paid off for the one day.
So heading into Tampa Bay Sunday against the shocking 2-0 Bucs, who will get the start?
Charlie Batch – He wasn’t very good against the Titans, but again, a couple drops and the pressure to be thrown in could be the cause of that. When Batch gets a week to practice, he can be effective, and against a Bucs team that will be challenged to score, he won’t be asked to go for 350 yards. Odds of starting 3-1
Byron Leftwich – He would have been probable for Tennessee, meaning he might have been able to play, but the team asked him if he could be “released” for two days to make room for D-linemen Scott McLendon. He was okay with it, and will be back with the team today. Leftwich would love to start vs his old team in the Bucs, but one has to wonder how much rust he will have and if the team would rather go with a healthy Batch over a not 100 percent Leftwich. Odds of starting 5-1
Dennis Dixon – This is a tough one due to the fact the knee injury may make this null and void anyway. Dixon didn’t show much vs the Titans, but it’s not fair to blame him for anything bad yesterday since he got hurt, and was crushed on the play he fumbled. Dixon will go back to the bench when Ben is ready in three weeks, and they will probably use the knee as the major reason to give Leftwich or Batch the shot Sunday vs Tampa Bay. Odds of starting 7-1