2017 South Side Questions: Will Offense Come Out Balanced In Indy?

The journey toward the Super Bowl is now well under way with the Pittsburgh Steelers back practicing at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex, still informally referred to as the ‘South Side’ facility. With the regular season standing in their way on the path to a Lombardi, there will be questions for them to answer along the way.

We have asked and answered a lot of questions during the preseason and through training camp, but much of the answer-seeking ends in the regular season, and teams simply have to make do with what they have available to them. Still, there will always be questions for us.

You can rest assured that we have the questions, and we will be monitoring the developments in the regular season and beyond as they develop, looking for the answers as we evaluate the makeup of the Steelers on their way back to the Super Bowl, after reaching the AFC Championship game last season for the first time in more than half a decade.

Question: How balanced will the Steelers come out on offense against the Colts?

Just to address the elephant in the room, I put literally no stock in what Le’Veon Bell said on Snapface or whatever kids use these days. I doubt he was even being serious. But the run/pass balance on offense is a serious question to consider as the Steelers head into the second half of the season.

Over the course of the past few games, the Steelers have put more emphasis on running the ball, with Bell even rushing 30-plus times a couple times in that span, but Ben Roethlisberger did throw the ball more frequently, and earlier on, in the final game.

Considering the number of starters that the Colts have lost in the secondary—having just released the injured Vontae Davis, especially—I would think that they will find it very enticing the want to throw the ball around in Indianapolis.

There is also the fact that Roethlisberger has been extremely successful and prolific throwing against the Colts over the course of the past few years. And I also can’t help but get the feeling that he’s pretty eager to shut some people up.

So personally it wouldn’t surprise me at all if the Steelers come out on Sunday throwing the ball all over the place, with the added bonus of trying to get Martavis Bryant right back into the action, an outcome that would truly be mutually beneficial.

The run/pass balance as the game wears on tends to be driven more by game circumstances, so I’m less interested in what they’re doing in the fourth quarter. If they’re winning, they’re running; if they’re losing, they’re passing. But I would definitely like to see what their first couple of drives end up looking like, by design.

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  • Steve

    Steelers need to run the ball until it don’t work, then pass the ball a few times to keep the D honest. Who cares if guys are crying cause they don’t get the ball, Steelers need to continue smashmouth football.

  • tcirish53@gmail.com

    Very adroit point made late in the article re getting Bryant back into the groove. He is the last piece in the puzzle for us. His success would finally get this O going like it can.
    Different subject – I can’t help wondering if this is the year for the PA Super Bowl that we have come close to a number of times. With SEA getting decimated last night and in general the way PHI is playing right now I have to believe that the Eagles can do it – they have two games vs DAL but if they play the way they have that won’t matter. Reading this AM that SEA was decimated last night by injury and knowing that they are the toughest team remaining for PHI not wearing stars on their helmets, it’s looking good for PHI.
    And our Steelers (though not as dominant as we would like so far) are sitting pretty, with our own DAL in the horizon in those hated Pats. I have to believe that given the lack of invincibility they have shown (particularly on the D side of the ball) that this is our year!!
    Setting up to be a great second half of the season!
    GO STEELERS!!!!

  • pittfan

    +1,000. Here we go!!

  • pittfan

    I wanna see them come out slingin’. Feed Martay to help him get his head out of his behind. Give Ben time and let the pigskin fly!

    I smell a 40 burger on the grill….anyone else eatin’?

  • Darth Blount 47

    ‘Bout time the Steelers get a smorgasbord game!

    “I’ll have some of this and some of that and some of this and more of that.”

    Personally, I want to see us throw the ball a ton. But that includes throwing the ball to Bell a ton. Why not use this game to lessen his direct blows by LB’s and DL’s and put him against CB’s and Safeties? Sure, sure… we’ll run the ball too. But Ben needs a “confidence game.” And yes, Bryant does too. Are there a lot of mouths to feed? Yep. But if there was ever a game to feed them all, this is it. Thanksgiving come early this year.

    The Colts D is abysmal. And their Offense has trouble sustaining drives. I have a feeling we are going to get the ball back quite often. Should we finally see 30+ points? You betcha.

  • ThatGuy

    We’re in deep trouble if our offense can’t put it in the EZ against the Colts.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    nope. see a trap game.