If the logic behind the adage, “April showers bring May flowers” could be applied to the Pittsburgh Steelers, they would be poised for an incredible season. Unfortunately for the Black and Gold, stormy 0-4 preseasons often lead not to springtime blossoms, but tumultuous starts to the regular season.
After a disheartening 8-8 finish to the 2012 season, the Pittsburgh Steelers have paramount issues that require attention. Among those are instability at running back, injuries to key players, an aging defense, and a struggling offensive line.
The Steelers we forced to put Plaxico Burress on the injured-reserve list after the wide receiver tore his rotator cuff in practice. Pittsburgh will also be without all-star tight end, Heath Miller, for their season opener.
Isaac Redman has been named as the Steelers starting running back for Sunday’s game, thrusting him atop the running back depth chart. Following his injury laden 2012 season and a preseason in which he tallied only two carries, Redman has plenty to prove.
Luckily for the Steelers, their week 1 opponent is also in distress. The Tennessee Titans ended the 2012 season with a disappointing 6-10 record, and finished with a 1-3 preseason record. The Titans are facing just as many uncertainties as the Steelers, making the match something of a blessing for the Black and Gold.
The last time the Steelers lost every preseason match-up was in 2006, a season that they finished with a mediocre 8-8 record. The Steelers will have to tread carefully to prevent history from repeating itself.
Kickoff between the Steelers and the Titans is set for 1PM on Sunday, September 8, 2013. The game will take place at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.