This one feels like a bit of a bummer, and for good reason. The injury bug bit both teams in Week 1, though the Patriots seemed to escape unscathed. A better attitude For their broken key player, Mc JonesMore than the Steelers did TJ Watt.

Watt seems to have missed the worst result In the chest injuryBut, unfortunately, Pittsburgh’s defense — in the Steelers’ first half of overtime — was terrible. Win Bengal — Without the Defensive Player of the Year on Sunday, he has to go.

Pittsburgh still has exceptional defensive contributors — Cameron Heyward, Alex Highsmith And Minkah Fitzpatrick They all played a key role in Week 1 — he must have been salivating at the thought of stifling Jones — even though he had a “better feeling.” Back spasms It happened in the season opener. A week after being forced Joe Burrow With a career high of five turnovers, Sunday’s game should look like a steak dinner for these Steelers as they prepare to face the Patriots’ offense. Week 1 loss to Miami.

But I have to share a bit of bad news: The Steelers haven’t won a game (0-4) without Watt in the starting lineup since joining the team in 2017.

This may come down from last weekend’s perfect Pittsburgh offense. Making matters worse, Najee Harris He is dealing with a leg injury though. He plays on Sunday. If the second year breeder is less than full strength, Mitch Trubisky He should play a bigger role than Pittsburgh’s offense did in Week 1. Fortunately for Pittsburgh, Trubisky has been one of the winners in games where the team has scored less than 24 points (12 wins). 2017 – only second Ben Roethlisberger (16)

Trubisky knows what it’s like to win without a key defender: The Bears have won both of his starts. Khalil Mc In the year He was sidelined in 2018. Time for Mitch to channel his inner Big Ben.

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