Steelers Look To Continue Winning Ways Versus Quarterback-Less Colts

There are very few, if any, guarantees in this world but this Sunday’s matchup of the Pittsburgh Steelers taking on the Indianapolis Colts presents a couple scenarios that are as close to a guarantee as it can get.

For the fourth time in the last five occasions, the Colts will take on the Steelers without the services of their starting quarterback. Jacoby Brissett will follow in the footsteps of Scott Tolzien and Matt Hasselback in relieving Andrew Luck for the Colts. In fact, the Colts’ starting quarterback woes date all the way back to 2011 when Kerry Collins started in place of the injured Peyton Manning. Since then, the Colts have only had the services of a starting quarterback once – a 2014 matchup in which the Colts and Luck were defeated 51-34.

It is no surprise that amidst all the Colts’ quarterback issues that the Steelers have won the last four matchups against the Colts. Not only have the Steelers won their last four matchups with the Colts, they have dominated the Indianapolis squad, treating the opposition like a scout team on the practice field. The Steelers have won their last four matchups against the Colts by margins of 21, 35, 17 and 3, giving the Mike Tomlin led team an average margin of victory of 19 points over the last four matchups.

And now with Brissett assuming the role that many other journeyman quarterbacks have been inserted into during Luck’s absence, the writing is on the wall for another Steelers’ victory. Brissett has limited his turnovers this season, only throwing four interceptions in eight starts, but then again, it is hard to throw interceptions when you are lying on the ground with a defender standing over you. Brissett has been sacked a whopping 32 times this season and has been sacked three or more times in seven of his eight starts this season. That’s blood in the water for a Steelers’ defense that is currently fourth in the NFL with 26 sacks.

In fairness to Brissett, the Colts have many more holes than just the quarterback position as even Luck would have likely struggled to win with this team at hand. The Colts currently have the 31st ranked pass defense, giving up an average of 279.7 passing yards per game and the 16th ranked run defense, giving up an average of 113.9 rushing yards per game. Any quarterback would struggle to win when their defense is giving up almost 300 yards in the air and over 100 yards on the ground per game.

Brissett and this year’s Colts team may just be another pawn in a long history of the team’s losing ways against the Steelers. The Steelers have dominated the Colts throughout their history. Dating back to 1985, the Steelers are 14-2 (including playoffs) against the Colts. The Steelers are also 22-6 all-time against the Colts, with half of those six losses coming against the Baltimore Colts. The Steelers will look to repeat history once again this Sunday and add another win to their long compilation of victories over the Colts.

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Daniel Valente

Steelers fan from birth, spending majority of my free time looking up statistics. Had the honor of meeting Mike Vanderjagt shortly after his infamous missed field goal in the 2005 Divisional Round. Currently pursuing a Journalism degree. Follow me on Twitter @StatsGuyDaniel

  • nutty32

    Brissette has been more than functional in his crap environment. Pleasant surprise & wouldn’t be shocked if he became a regular to good starter for one of the west coast offense type teams around the league.

  • Thomas

    Ya they can’t sleep on Brisette, he threw for 300 last week, has solid mechanics, has done as well as you would expect of a guy who changes teams and has to start 4 days later.

  • Considering the Steelers ugly history against losing teams QB’d by back-up or journeyman QBs, I wouldn’t have the GUTS to call an NFL team QB’d by Peewee Herman as being “quarterback-less.” Bad karma!!!

  • tcirish53@gmail.com

    7-2 would be sweeeeee-tah!!!

  • PaeperCup

    This type of article always brings out my Admiral Akbar impersonation. “It’s a trap!”

  • Dshoff

    Wow, I hope that the Steelers don’t read this article. They can’t afford to ease up on anybody.

  • Jason Vancil

    And the only 2 losses were both against somebody named Peyton. In 2005 on a Monday Night in Indy

    (Ike Taylor HAS to remember this game) and 2008 at Heinz Field.

  • hdogg48

    I see this as more of having the potential to be
    a “statement game” than a “trap game”.

    We are playing good hard nosed steady football.
    The bye week gives us some much needed rest
    and a chance to get healthy.

    Both D and O lines are playing well. Bell is rounding
    into form. The emergence of JuJu will make the
    opposition take all their attention off AB, and even if
    Bryant doesn’t finally go off..Tomlin got his attention.

    The LBs and DBs are in for a break, as Stafford has
    proven to be no joke, and will be probably the toughest
    QB we will face this year..this side of Brady.

    I’m having a vision: Steelers 34…Colts 17.

  • pcantidote

    Brissett is at least as good as Kizer, and the Colts are at least as good as Cleveland — and we all saw how close week 1 was.