Steelers Defense Must Put Up or Shut Up

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There is no question that the Pittsburgh Steelers’ time to shine is this Sunday if they want to keep their season alive. The Steelers will be taking on the New York Jets and have to do anything to get a win in the Meadowlands. In week six, however, the Steelers must be able to provide a spark on defense to secure a victory.

Surprisingly, quarterback Geno Smith has been sacked more times than Ben Roethlisberger. Smith has went down eighteen times through five games while Roethlisberger has been sacked sixteen times in four games. Also, Geno Smith has thrown eight interceptions, which is an average of almost two a game.

On Sunday, the Steelers must force Smith to make more mistakes. The Steelers are the only team left in the National Football League to not force a turnover in 2013. A defense that has been consistent in many years of the past, has struggled early.

Starting safety Ryan Clark said this past week on ESPN that the Steelers will be in the postseason. It may have been easy for Clark to say what he wants, but unless they can start making plays defensively, Clark’s comments will be looked at nothing more than a joke.

The Steelers have struggled getting to the quarterback as well. Through four games, the Steelers defense has registered just four sacks (3 by LaMarr Woodley). Rookie outside linebacker Jarvis Jones has yet to record his first NFL sack but has come close (3 QB rushes).

Little things have made the defense pressed against the glass here in 2013. A young group that has yet to get the experience it needs to understand how to win football games. Head coach Mike Tomlin is doing everything he can to show his group what that is going to take.

The Steelers are on the road for three of the next four games. All of which, are not going to be easy when looking at a Steelers team that is yet to get a win. After Sunday, they are back home taking on division rivals and defending Super Bowl Champions, the Baltimore Ravens. The defense must be able to grind out some turnovers in help of Ben Roethlisberger and the offense.

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