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Offense Needs To Continue To Pull It’s Weight

Entering the 2011 playoffs, the Steelers offense had failed to score over 20 points in 7 games this year (8 if you want to include the Pats game, a game in which the Steelers offense failed to score over 20 points while the game was still competitive). It could be argued that the Steelers defense has carried this team more so this year than in 2008 when the Steelers last won the Super Bowl. The offense during the regular season this year has simply struggled to find it’s rhythm consistently and in certain instances, it’s identity. But here we are, the Steelers are back in the Super Bowl. What’s been the verdict on the Steelers offense IN the playoffs thus far?

In the Divisional round the Steelers offense was fairly mediocre and flat in the 1st half against the Ravens before exploding with points in the 2nd half. The Steelers offense actually contributed, either directly or indirectly, to two Ravens TD’s in the 1st half of that game. That cannot happen, obviously, in the Super Bowl. In the 2nd half, most of the offensive points were scored off of turnovers created in Ravens territory by the Steelers defense. There’s a decent chance that won’t happen again against the Packers.

In the AFC Championship game the Steelers offense came out and put up a very impressive 17 points against the Jets in the 1st half (another 7 was scored by the Steelers defense). In the 2nd half the offense failed to score a point and managed just four 1st downs the entire half.

From looking at the two playoff games played it’s obvious that the Steelers offense has yet to play a complete game in the postseason. A good second half against the Ravens, a good first half against the Jets. I believe that the Steelers offense will need to put together a complete 60 minute game against the Packers. Of course it’s possible (maybe even probable) that this offense plays just an OK game through 3 quarters before it comes down to some late-game heroics once again from Big Ben, but it’s also entirely possible that this team could be in trouble if the offense just shows up for one half of football like what we’ve seen in the past two weeks. The Packers offense will be the best offense the Steelers have faced in almost 3 months when the Steelers faced off against the Patriots. If the Steeler offense doesn’t do it’s part, it could put too much pressure on the other side of the ball.

Putting the last two playoff games aside, I don’t believe this offense has played a complete game all year (aside from maybe the borderline scrimmage game that was the Browns game in the season finale). It’d be nice if it happens next week. Could be the difference in who wins and who loses.

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