Chiefs’ safety Eric Berry remains sidelined by heel injury leading up to Steelers game

 The Pittsburgh Steelers are a team brimming with
potential on offense. With talent at nearly every position David
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, Pittsburgh looks to exploit their opponent’s
weaknesses and make them pay. It might be with Antonio Brown, or now James
Conner who is running the football, but the regardless of who is doing the
damage, the opposition would be best suited to have all of their weapons at
their disposal before playing the Steelers.Heading into Week 2, the Kansas City
Chiefs might be without their All-Pro safety Eric Berry for the second straight
week. Berry has been dealing with a heel injury, and as the Chiefs hit the
practice field on Wednesday, his availability is anything but certain as he
missed the first workout of the week.According to Brooke Pryor, Chiefs beat
writer for the Kansas City Star, Andy Reid said the star safety is improving,
but doesn’t want to rush him back. Can the Chiefs win without Berry? They proved
they can on Sunday when they beat Philip Rivers and the Los Angeles Chargers
38-28 in Week 1, but they did surrender 418 passing yards, and this with some
big-time drops by the Charger receiving corps. While the Chiefs’ offense is as
electric as they come, it is the defense which Steelers fans should be focusing
on. Can Ben Roethlisberger get right and find ways to attack the Kansas City
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, and possibly Berry at safety?That will be
the challenge, but you get the feeling the Roethlisberger to Antonio Brown
connection is just waiting to explode. Will it be this Sunday at Heinz Field? If
so, it wouldn’t be the first time Roethlisberger has shredded the Chiefs’
secondary in front of the home crowd.Stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and
notes surrounding the upcoming matchup vs. the Chiefs.Steelers vs. Bengals:
Three players who need to have a big game to get a win Sunday in Week 6 Coming
off an impressive win against the Atlanta Falcons, a game in which everything
seemed to fall in place, the Pittsburgh Steelers played very solid in all three
phases of the game. To beat the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 6, it will take
another similar effort this week. Everyone knows the history between these two
teams, and I’m betting there isn’t love lost on either side. So buckle up your
chin straps and pull your coolers closer to the TV. You don’t want to miss a
minute of this one. It’s Bengals week. Ben RoethlisbergerI would like to take
Ben off of this list, but until he quits floating passes for jump balls in the
end zone, I simply can’t. Ben hasn’t played terrible and he is currently 3rd in
the league in yardage and has a 64% completion rate, but that should be higher.
He continues to miss some easy throws. Listening to the 93.7 The Fan this week,
they replayed parts of his weekly radio show, and there was mention by Ben
himself how his elbow may be the reason for missing on some throws. Ben also
mentioned how it wasn’t a big deal. Let’s say Ben is a bit theatrical, some
claim drama, but I like the term theatrical. Either way Youth
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, Ben needs to pull it together if the Steelers
stand a chance of digging out of this hole.Interior of the Offensive LineI’m
grouping this unit together because of Geno Atkins. He currently is tied for the
league lead in sacks with J.J. and T.J. Watt with six a piece. Make no mistake
about it, this guy is as disruptive as they come. The shortest path to the
quarterback is right up the middle and that means Maurkice Pouncey, David
DeCastro and Ramon Foster need to be on top of their game Sunday. Equally as
important is run blocking for James Conner. It would be nice to have another
performance like last week, but the competition is much better. Keeping it
balanced is something many here on the boards have wanted. I myself would like a
repeat of what we saw last week, and that is more FB and more of Ben under
center. This all falls at the feet of the guys in the middle. It’s going to be
physical, and the Steelers have to win in the trenches to be successful.
Coverage BackersI’m also putting this group together. Joe Mixon is a dual
purpose back and could cause issues in this game on Sunday if Pittsburgh can’t
cover him out of the backfield. Reports are showing Vince Williams should be
back to his usual role, and L.J. Fort hasn’t practiced this week meaning he is
likely out. After the game that Fort had against the Falcons I’m feeling a
little uneasy knowing Williams could be matched up with Mixon. The middle of the
defense has been exposed at times, and Vince hasn’t ever been mentioned as a
coverage guy. Jon Bostic has played solid, but I feel he is also a liability in
coverage, he is better than Williams, but that isn’t saying much. I’m hoping to
see more aggressive blitzing by Butler. Hopefully the Steelers have success, and
that keeps Mixon out of the passing game and they have to keep him in to block.
The Bengals have other weapons but Joe Mixon is one that could wreck this game
if he get’s going. ...I gave you my trio of sorts. Time to tell me what you’re
thinking as game time approaches.
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