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Steelers Still On Pace To Set New Franchise Low In Rushing Yardage


Through their first seven games of the 2013 season, the Pittsburgh Steelers have just 481 yards rushing and that is the worst seven game start the franchise has ever had.

After the Steelers ran for a season-high 141 yards against the Baltimore Ravens, things were looking up, but their 35 yard team-rushing output in the Sunday loss to the Oakland Raiders put them back behind the 1966 Steelers when it comes to least amount of team rushing yards after the first seven games.

In order to get out of the franchise-low season pace, the Steelers will need to rush for 134 yards this coming Sunday against the New England Patriots. Being as the Patriots are allowing an average of 130.8 yards per game on the ground so far this season, the Steelers could quite possibly reach that 134 number.

So far this season, the Steelers have only managed to gain five or more yards on a rushing play just 42 times this season and only the Atlanta Falcons have fewer (40).

The Steelers have to find a way to get their running game back on track against the Patriots, because if they don't quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will almost certainly be sacked at least a few times in the game.

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  • dgh57

    NOTE: FRUSTRATED FAN TALKING HERE!!

    Being that the Patriots have major injuries on defense and are allowing 130 plus yards a game rushing I still don’t have much faith they will. They got my faith up with two wins in a row and 141 yards rushing against the Ravens and then they preceded to send those hopes crashing down vs the Raiders of all teams. Not until we all become accustomed to seeing good rushing games will I put faith in them doing so again. I have better odds of winning some multi million $ lottery somewhere as for that to happen!

  • steeltown

    Probably wont get any better with DeCastro and Foster out

  • Luke Shabro

    I understand there have been tons of injuries on the O line as per usual, but WTF is the zone blocking scheme?! It’s the same old junk right now. We’re running a power scheme where our back is running into a wall with no holes. I understand Bell is not the type of back who can bounce it outside all the time but get the O linemen moving and create some holes. The holes Bell was running through against the Ravens were not gaping, but at least a decent sliver is enough for him. I’m not one for brash reactions but I feel like you have to get rid of Haley and Bicknell after the season. It seems like Art Mann is doing a good job so it’d be nice to keep him around. I’m not the owner nor the GM but something has to change.

  • Luke Shabro

    Prepare to watch the Pats D line look like the Fearsome Foursome. You can’t run against Jason Hunter and some scrubs in the middle of Oakland’s D line? Get ready. Oh and they have better linebackers in Spikes and Hightower. I can’t imagine how bad it would be if Mayo was still healthy

  • Virdin Barzey

    The season is over so its time to start looking at who need to stay an who needs to go. I’m done with wins and loses since at this point its meaningless. Like last year, if they were somehow to back into the playoffs would you even want to watch this team in the playoffs? Nope. The standard in the Burgh is championships, not playoffs. This team is far from that so who do we need to get at what positions?

  • steeltown

    In all fairness OAK had a top 10 run defense going into Sunday, but the fact that we looked so good against the NYJ and Baltimore’s top run defenses but did so poorly against OAK makes this season even more of a head scratcher

  • steeltown

    OT, TE & WR early in any order..and a true NT so we could maybe move McLendon outside to DE opposite Heyward..and we have no depth behind Taylor, Allen and Gay so we need to draft two CBs

  • Eric

    I do not get the logic of emphasizing zone blocking all camp and then not using it all season, except on the play Pouncey got hurt.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    If the Steelers made the playoffs that would be one heck of a run and would love to see them play in the playoff. It means they got real good.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I still do not get that. The OL wasted a whole preseason on a art they will not use and we wonder why they looked like crap all season. They had no practice doing what they should have done. Who is running this team?

  • Callentown

    I’m wondering if it makes sense already to do something no team has done before and just draft O-linemen for the first 3-4 picks. Maybe another blocking TE.

    I’m only half-kidding here.

  • Callentown

    Good teams find a way to win.

    Bad teams find a way to lose.

  • Chad H

    I truly do appreciate your positive attitude, but life is not full of unicorns and skittles.

  • Callentown

    lol .. I say, O-line, O-line and O-line. Maybe a blocking TE in rd 4.

    This team needs 12-15 good O-lineman to get thru a season.

  • Fritz Baughman

    481 yards rushing in seven games – by the entire offense. This stat alone is an absolute disgrace to the organization, and a clear definition of how the Steelers have fallen. We miss you, Coach Cowher.

  • cencalsteeler

    Well said.

  • cencalsteeler

    It sure sucks that we are already talking about draft needs after week 8. I thought last offseason dragged on with all the draft scenarios. I better buckle down.

  • Dr. Doom

    I don’t miss him one bit

  • Dr. Doom

    Offensive line play has been really bad, really bad. Wish we could clone decastro

  • steeltown

    Indeed

  • http://www.nyob.com/ Dr. Doom

    Would anyone be upset, yeah. Maybe if you go first and third round.

  • http://www.nyob.com/ Dr. Doom

    I agree with you there. I think McClendon is miscast as a NT. He is good against zone blocking teams but not everyone runs that.

  • Eric

    Zone blocking, Dwyer/Redman, Stevenson/Wilson, clock management, etc. yet if you question the coaching, people attack you like your a Raven’s troll.

  • http://www.nyob.com/ Dr. Doom

    I would say

    FS/CB (2)/LT/NT/WR/TE/SS receiving/G To me FS is a huge hole not sure where Shamarko will play next year. As I am not sure Troy will be back at his projected cap number.

  • Bell Cow

    This team is painful to watch. I’ve seen the Steelers have some bad seasons, but this is by far the worst I can remember. A Steelers team that has built it’s franchise on running the ball and stopping the run can’t do either right now.

    Offensively, they do not have an identity yet and no one seems to be on the same page. Their offense is also incredibly predictable and generic. Defensively, I’ve never seen a Steelers defensive line get pushed around up front and linebackers that can’t pressure the QB. Overall, they look slow and lost both offensively and defensively.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I was replying to Virdin. He said he would not watch this team if they made the playoffs. I said the team must have ended up pretty good if we made the playoff because we would have won 8 of 9 games. No where do I think that will happen just saying if it would I would be more than happy to watch my team play and skittles are real life…had some the other day. :)

  • Shannon Stephenson

    you are preaching to the choir bro! lol

  • Virdin Barzey

    Appreciate the response but looking at this team, the only way that it can happen is if other teams repeatedly mess up and hand us the games. Otherwise we would have to back into the playoffs….only to get Tebowed. LOL.

    I’ve seen enough from this team and its clear to me that we lack talent in key areas and too young in others. More importantly, I don’t think these guys hate to lose. Its happened so much lately that they seemed disappointed but no mad about it. Why Tomlin is benching guys.

    Hines Ward hated to lose. Jerome Bettis hated to lose. Farrior hate to lose. I know they say the right things but not enough passion from current vets. I think only Tomlin has that same hatred for losing. Ben says it but I’m not buying it. Is he competitive? Yes but to hate losing is different. Don’t see it on this team.

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