I keep on seeing people rip the Pittsburgh offense because it has broken 30 points just once this season.
But that's a lazy thought, in my opinion.
In fact, I've seen people using the Seattle Seahawks' recent points explosion as a way to rip the Pittsburgh offense. Look at how many of those Seattle points came off of turnovers.
Opponents have scored 101 points off of 27 Pittsburgh turnovers this season. The Steelers have scored 41 points off of their 13 forced turnovers.
Add in the fact the Steelers have played three games with backup quarterbacks, and you have an offense that isn't being helped by its defense.
That has been my point with the Steelers the past two seasons. In their past 30 regular season games, the Steelers have forced 28 turnovers, less than one per game.
Yet when I've ripped this defense, which has played well in terms of yards allowed, some on this blog have ripped me. A big part of playing defense, however, is forcing an opponent into mistakes and taking advantage of them. And it never hurts to give your offense a short field or two per game.
The Steelers defense hasn't done that the past two seasons.
@ Shaun Suisham won't make the Pro Bowl because he's not a glamour name at kicker and he's not leading the league in points.
But Suisham should get consideration.
Suisham has made 15 consecutive field goals - tying his career high - and his only miss was an ill-advised 54-yard attempt in Tennessee.
When you consider Suisham does half of his work at Heinz Field, one of the toughest venues in the league for kickers, you realize what a good season he's had.
@ I've seen a number of stats bandied about by people looking for reasons why the Bengals will beat the Steelers Sunday.
One of the (many) laughable ones is this: The Bengals are 10-5 in road games started in the past two seasons by Andy Dalton.
That's all well and good, but three of those losses have come at Baltimore (2) and Pittsburgh (1).
The more important stat is that Dalton has thrown for just over 400 yards in three starts against the Steelers - or fewer yards than the 431 the Steelers rolled up in their 24-17 win at Cincinnati earlier this season when Dalton was 14 of 28 for 105 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
Does that mean the Bengals can't win? No.
But I have to see it before I believe it.
@ Was talking with somebody tonight at my son's championship game in the indoor 18-under baseball league - shameless plug - and they brought up that the Steelers miss Hines Ward.
I started to go into an explanation about how Ward couldn't play anymore, but then said, "You're right."
This team misses Ward's leadership in the wide receiver room. It was thought that Jerricho Cotchery could help replace that, but even though Cotchery is a quality vet and good leader, it's hard to follow someone who's No. 4 or 5 on the depth chart - especially when he's a guy who hasn't put up big seasons in the NFL.
That's no knock on Cotchery. But I think that's part of the reason the Steelers finally decided to sign Plaxico Burress.
Burress has put up 1,000-yard seasons and performed well on the game's biggest stage. You could see that there was an immediate respect with Burress among Mike Wallace, Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders.