San Francisco 49ers training camp is just around the corner! It’s time for us to look at each opponent and provide a reason for and against the 49ers beating them. We’ve included a poll for the community to vote on whether they expect a win or a loss and will see what kind of prediction this provides at the end.
The 49ers have their first home game in Week 3 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. You can read our opponent preview to see what the Steelers have been up to. It’s hard to find a weakness or reason for the 49ers to win this game. They will need to play smart, mistake-free football to win this one. The Steelers have a solid roster and have proven to be great on both offense and defense. That said, the loss of a few playmakers may hurt them a bit this year.
Reason for: The Steelers inconsistent offense
The Steelers offense is in no way bad, but it is inconsistent. I think Andy Benoit put it best, saying it relies less on rhythm and more on an individual play to get anywhere. Just watch them last year to see what I mean. There’s never much in the way of skilled drives as it is some play that goes for fifty yards to set up a score. This would burn the Steelers late in games when they needed to depend on rhythm and chain several smaller plays together to get anywhere.
Maybe the 49ers capitalize on this. Maybe they can stop the big plays from happening and force the Steelers to go out of their comfort zone. They don’t have
Antonio Brown Mr. Big Chest and Le’Veon Bell anymore to get away with this and might not be able to get out of trouble like they have in the past. If the 49ers can get some points early and keep the Steelers from doing their one-play wonders, they might be able to walk out of their home opener with a ‘W.’
Reason against: The Steelers don’t want to go 0-3 or 1-2
Not that any team in the NFL does, but kick that urgency factor up a notch for the Steelers. Their first two games are against the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks. It’s not crazy to think they come into this at 0-2 and no team wants to be 0-3. For that reason, the Steelers could have a huge sense of urgency to not fall further into the hole, and that urgency could make the 49ers take a loss. The 49ers haven’t been to the playoffs in a few years, and they haven’t been placed in a situation where they need to win or lose out on the postseason (at least where it’s not a lost cause). The 49ers very well could come into this at 2-0 given they have the Buccaneers and the Bengals to deal with the first two weeks.
Regardless of urgency, the Steelers are a solid team on both sides of the ball. It’s not just the situation, but the talent they are up against. Combine the above situation and the fact that they are a solid unit means the 49ers might be losing in the final minutes.
What will happen in Week 3 against the Steelers?
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