INDIANAPOLIS — Chuck Pagano has by no means been one to play by the numbers. And he’s not beginning now.
So slightly than remind his gamers of what occurred the final 3 times Pittsburgh and Indianapolis met, Pagano skipped proper via the intros and obtained right down to enterprise.
“I might throw these (recreation tapes) up there. I imply, these guys know what it’s,” Pagano stated. “Everyone understands what’s coming to city. We’ve talked about it. You don’t have to beat a lifeless horse. We’ve received to play higher.”
Quite a bit higher.
Since taking the Colts’ job in 2012, Pagano, the previous Baltimore Ravens coordinator, has confronted the Steelers 3 times. Indy has misplaced all three by a cumulative rating of 124-fifty one, the final two coming by a complete of fifty six factors.
Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown have masterfully dissected the Colts’ secondary, turning probably aggressive video games into blowouts. Once they get their subsequent shot Sunday, the story of the tape doesn’t look a lot better. Indy’s cross protection is ranked No. 31 and the Colts (three-6) minimize their prime cornerback, Vontae Davis, on Thursday.
However the AFC North-main Steelers (6-2) haven’t precisely been clicking on all cylinders but.
Whereas Brown leads the league in receptions (fifty seven) and yards (835) and Le’Veon Bell is third in dashing (760 yards), Roethlisberger has thrown 10 landing passes and 9 interceptions and is ranked among the many backside fourth of the league’s beginning quarterbacks.
The larger drawback has come within the purple zone, the place the Steelers are ranked thirty first in landing proportion at forty one.four. The Colts are simply forward of Pittsburgh, which nonetheless hasn’t topped the 30-level mark.
“That’s our aim offensively. We haven’t been in a position to try this but,” Roethlisberger stated. “So, we’d love to do what we will and put as many factors as we will on the board as a result of that takes strain off of our protection.”
What’s the repair?
Maybe having two weeks to organize for the Colts. Or perhaps simply one other date in Indianapolis.
“A whole lot of guys weren’t right here for these video games and that’s in all probability a superb factor,” security Darius Butler stated. “Personally, they’ve beat up on us somewhat bit over the previous few years, and also you play this recreation for respect.”
Listed here are another issues to observe Sunday:
MORE MARTAVIS? The Steelers benched mercurial vast receiver Martavis Bryant towards Detroit, punishment for a social media outburst that included a shot at rookie teammate JuJu Smith-Schuster. Bryant will doubtless return to the lineup in some style towards the Colts. That’s not a horrible concept as a result of Bryant has 9 receptions for 197 yards and three touchdowns in two video games towards Indy. Smith-Schuster took benefit of Bryant’s absence by catching seven passes for 193 yards and a rating in a win over the Lions.
“We now have a whole lot of weapons on the market and I’m excited to see what occurs,” Roethlisberger stated. “Simply received to ensure I get them the ball.”
THE STREAK: Indianapolis has had probably the most secure beginning quarterback conditions in soccer since 1998. It might be arduous to inform towards the Steelers.
These groups have met six occasions since 2008 and the Colts have began a special quarterback in each recreation: Peyton Manning in 2008, Kerry Collins in 2011, Andrew Luck in 2014, Matt Hasselbeck in 2015 and Scott Tolzien final season. On Sunday, Jacoby Brissett will be a part of the record.
“That’s wild,” Brissett stated.
The Steelers like what they’ve seen on movie of the Colts’ present starter.
“He’s getting it. He’s not likely turning over the ball. I feel that’s why they actually favored him in New England,” Pittsburgh cornerback Joe Haden stated.
SPLASH PAD: The Steelers are off to their greatest begin since 2011 regardless of a workmanlike strategy. They’ve not solely struggled to attain, they’ve solely eleven takeaways. Tomlin believes the skinny line between a great season and a terrific one would be the capacity for Pittsburgh to create extra “splash” performs.
“We’ve had splash-play alternatives on offense over the primary half of the yr that I feel might have made our journey simpler,” Tomlin stated. “We’ve had splash performs on protection missed. … So these are simply two particular areas of the place we want to focus shifting ahead: the turnover ratio and producing splash.”
LINE DANCE: The Colts have used 5 totally different beginning offensive line mixtures this season, they usually might have one other one this week if Denzelle Good is cleared to play.
Good began the opener at proper deal with however hasn’t performed since due to an injured wrist. The Colts like what they’ve seen from Good’s alternative, Joe Haeg, however they might transfer Good to proper guard, the place rookie Kyle Kalis began final week.
Indy has allowed a league-excessive 36 sacks.
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