Time to Slay the Dragon and Make a Statement

By Logan Leslie

With the ‘problem children’ now out of Pittsburgh, the Steelers have upgraded their defense and look forward to another season with future Hall of Fame QB Ben Roethlisberger who is coming off one of the best seasons of his career. The team will begin the season tomorrow night, mostly healthy and without drama against the reigning Super Bowl Champion, New England Patriots.

Last season, the Steelers were finally able to slay the dragon and beat New England. The Patriots will open the season without their Pro Bowl center and multiple injuries at wide receiver. They will face the new look Steelers without WR Antonio Brown and RB Le’Veon Bell. Instead, the Steelers have RB James Conner and WR JuJu Smith-Schuster leading the charge on offense. On defense, the Steelers have acquired three huge upgrades in ILB Devin Bush, ILB Mark Barron and CB Stephen Nelson and will return the same defensive line who led the league in sacks last season.

These new look Steelers are dangerous as ever now with more balance in each facet of the game. Tom Brady struggled last year against the Steelers defense which deployed the likes of CB Coty Sensabaugh, CB Artie Burns and ILB Jon Bostic. With the major positional upgrades on defense, the hill becomes much steeper for Brady to climb. For the Steelers to beat the Patriots in Week One in their own house, they would make a huge statement to the rest of the NFL.

We don’t need Antonio Brown. We don’t need Le’Veon Bell. We are the Pittsburgh Steelers and we have brought the Steel Curtain is back.

Personally, I believe the Steelers will once again slay the dragon and make this statement. Despite the loss of Brown the Steelers will be without drama and have a renewed chip on their shoulder to prove everyone wrong as underdogs in the division for the first time in years.

If you play this team this season, you better be prepared to battle on both sides of the ball. You best believe the Pittsburgh Steelers are coming in ready to play in 2019.


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