Joshua: An injury will keep Le’Veon Bell out of this game. How much does this impact the Steelers ground game and how much success do you expect your running backs to have against the Titans run-defense?
Aug 19, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell (26) runs the ball against the Washington Redskins in the first half at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
di Tolla: I’m not sure Bell’s injury and absence factors in too much. He barely played during the preseason, so he was an unknown quantity to begin with. It will all come down to Pittsburgh’s offensive line and how they perform against Tennessee’s front-seven. Hopefully Maurkice Pouncey and David DeCastro can kick the new zone-blocking scheme into high gear to help the likes of Isaac Redman and Felix Jones. If the line plays as terribly as they did in the preseason however, then things will get extremely ugly.