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.