Saturday, August 27, 2011
Three things: Falcons-Steelers
By James Walker
Three things to watch for in Pittsburgh's preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons Saturday night. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. ET.
Who is the No. 3 receiver? One of the few position battles in Pittsburgh is the No. 3 receiver role. Second-year player Antonio Brown and veteran receiver Jerricho Cotchery are both playing well. Steelers offensive coordinator Bruce Arians likes to use multiple wide receivers. Therefore, the No. 3 receiver is important. Brown and Cotchery need to separate themselves in the next two games.
Keep forcing turnovers: The Steelers' defense was in midseason form last week against the Philadelphia Eagles. Pittsburgh forced four turnovers, which included three interceptions by the first-team defense. The Steelers will get another test for about three quarters Saturday with quarterback Matt Ryan and the explosive Atlanta offense.
Work on no-huddle offense: The Steelers are expected to spend the final two weeks working on their no-huddle offense. This has been an effective change of pace for Pittsburgh in the past. The Steelers will experiment with it to determine if it should be a bigger part of the offense. Pittsburgh starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who has an unconventional, backyard style, seems to thrive in the no-huddle. Keep an eye on this development.