Marlon Mack shouldn’t have too many issues getting past the Steelers defensive line. They are missing one of their best defensive players in Stephon Tuitt. The defensive line isn’t as good without him, so it will be up to the linebackers to stop the running game.
Mack will need to have a good game if the Colts want to walk out of Pittsburgh with a win. Mack played well last week against Denver after coming off a couple of tough games prior to that. But he will need to be the focal point of this Colts offense.
The reason that is the case is because this Steelers team forces a bunch of turnovers. They force the second most turnovers in the league. A great way to prevent yourself from having turnovers is to run the ball with a reliable running back such as Mack.
They also need the running game to be effective so it can set up the play-action pass. Jacoby Brissett doesn’t have a ton of experience playing in tough environments like this will be on Sunday. Play-action would help him get some easy completions and help him get into the game.
This last matchup has to deal with injury replacements in this game if they are indeed necessary. We will find out how necessary they will be later today.