steelerfan513 wrote:Agreed, taking the Jets is suicide. Favre may not have a good hold on the offense yet, you don't know how the new additions to the offensive line will work out, and it's a divisional road game against a Miami team that definitely got better in the offseason. I wouldn't be in any way surprised if the Dolphins won and am actually picking them to beat the Jets in Matchup Meltdown this week.
The three relatively safe picks that I wouldn't regret saving for later on (in no particular order):
- San Diego: bobbing_headz put it pretty well
- Pittsburgh: They've got a brutal schedule, so their home game against the Texans is one of the easiest matchups they'll have this season. Now might be the best time to use them because the only time you might want to use them later is with some home divisional matchups. Fairly risky because Houston is a good team, but Pittsburgh should be able to take care of business.
- Philadelphia: Pretty much the same as the Steelers, except their matchup is probably a little bit safer b/c it's the Rams.
You could also go with New England or Indy if you want to feel 100% safe week one while sacrificing a big chip for later in the year.
I'd actually be careful of the Houston matchup. Houston is a heavily underrated team, especially their offense. With both Schaub and Andre together they have the potential to put up a lot of points. Plus the Steelers probably have the most overrated defense in the league. Last few years they've been losing quite a few pieces. Terrible secondary if you ask me. I get the feeling that the game is gonna be a shoot-out. I'd wait a week to see how the Steelers really are playing.
I disagree about the defense point. I do grow frustrated with the Steelers' defense at times, especially the secondary, but the fact is they've ranked in the top five in total yards, rushing yards, passing yards, and points allowed for the last few years pretty consistently. Regardless of how I feel during games, they get the job done for the most part. I also don't understand what you're saying with the "lost pieces." Now whether we'll see the Steelers defense from September to November last year or the defense from December remains to be seen.
I don't dispute that Houston is an underrated team. They have some very talented players, especially Schaub and Andre Johnson on offense. But the Steelers have a pretty good big-play receiver-quarterback combo themselves with Roethlisberger and Holmes, and they have a running game and a good overall defense to back it up. Bottom line: it would be a pretty big shock to see them lose this Sunday, and this is one of the easier games on their schedule.
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