The Pittsburgh Steelers still have a lot of games left to play. However, the end of their season may not be far away.
Pittsburgh enters Week 3 at 0-2 and in danger of falling into a hole that they won’t be able to dig themselves out of. Only three teams have ever started the year with three straight losses and gone on to make the postseason.
In their first appearance on Sunday Night Football in 2013, the Steelers will face one of the few remaining undefeated teams. The Chicago Bears will bring their undefeated record to Pittsburgh for a 8:30 p.m. ET start. NBC will have the coverage, and viewers can watch a live stream online with NBC Sports Live Extra.
The Steelers biggest issue has been their inability to score. On the season, they have just 19 points and 75 total rushing yards. With rookie Le’Veon Bell sidelined because of an injury, Pittsburgh has split carries among four tailbacks, which hasn’t produced great results. Felix Jones, LaRod Stephens-Howling, Isaac Redman and Jonathan Dwyer have combined to run for 2.6 yards per carry.
The Bears won their first two games, but if one or two plays didn’t go their way, they could be 0-2, as well. In the opener, Chicago came back from an 11-point second half deficit to beat the Cincinnati Bengals by three points. In Week 2, the Bears needed a touchdown reception by Brandon Marshall to squeak by the Minnesota Vikings by a point.
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If Pittsburgh can stop Marshall, they’ll have a chance to win, despite a struggling offense. The receiver is in the top eight in the NFL in receptions and yards. He’s Jay Cutler’s favorite weapon, having been targeted on 28 percent of his throws.
It’s not often that the Steelers are underdogs at home. That’s the case in Week 3, however. In Pittsburgh, the betting line has Chicago favored by 2.5 points.
Prediction: Pittsburgh 17, Chicago 16