Below are seven matchups or things to look for on Sunday as the Steelers take on the Miami Dolphins.
Wildcat Hunting – The Steelers struggled against the Browns offense that ran Joshua Cribbs out of the Wildcat. The Dolphins run it without many flaws. Even though running back Ronnie Brown is missing, the Dolphins offense can still run the package.
Cold Ginn Time – We all now about the problems the Steelers have had on special teams this year. Dolphins return man Ted Ginn Jr. is dangerous in the return game and Anthony Madison will need to lead the coverage teams in tracking down the game breaker.
Laying The Wood – Left outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley has been on fire lately and will have to keep it going against Dolphins right tackle Vernon Carey. The Dolphins are vulnerable to the sack as they rank in the top half of the league in sacks allowed per pass attempt. Woodley needs to get in quarterback Chad Henne\’s face all day.
Getting Ziggy With It – If Brett Keisel is out today, rookie Ziggy Hood could see his most snaps of the season today. Hood has developed nicely and got his first fumble recovery last week.
Redzone Touchdowns – The Steelers need to do a better job at converting redzone trips into touchdowns instead of 3 points. In 50 redzone trips this season, the Steelers have 24 touchdowns and 20 field goals.
Just Win – The Steelers must find a way to get it done today. All playoff scenarios start with a win against the Dolphins who are fighting to stay alive themselves.
Patriots vs Texans – Yep, today is a scoreboard watching day. Hopefully the Steelers do their part and things go well in Texas. The hatred for the Patriots officially gets put on hold today. If the Pats win, it will make the late games very interesting.