For the Pittsburgh Steelers Week Three matchup with the Chicago Bears, we brought in the Cover32 Chicago Bears Managing Editor, Tyler Kading for five questions to help us preview Sunday’s game.
Pittsburgh Steelers Week Three: Q&A With Bears Managing Editor
Q. Le’Veon Bell has yet to get going. With Akiem Hicks and Eddie Goldman leading the way in Chicago is it possible that a Bell breakout may wait another week?
A: It’s certainly possible that Bell struggles, but I’m not holding my breath. Once Nick Kwaitkoski left last week’s game against Tampa, Jacquizz Rodgers managed to move the ball somewhat effectively, with 67 yards. Sure, that isn’t a lot, but it’s Jacquizz Rodgers. I wouldn’t expect Bell to have a monster game by any means, but he should be able to top what he’s done so far.
Q: Do you have any expectations for Markus Wheaton as he looks to debut against his former team?
A: I think Wheaton will have a good game. Ever since Cameron Meredith went down, the Bears have lacked that go-to receiver, and Wheaton could be just that. Given Glennon’s struggles throwing down the field, expect Wheaton to run a lot of out and slant routes, and to try to use his speed to break some big plays.
Q: What is the status of running back Jordan Howard and will Tarik Cohen carry between the tackles if he fails to go?
A: Howard has been a limited all week, but I expect him to play, though not at 100%, and maybe not in a big role. Benny Cunningham, who is one of the greatest blocking backs in the league, was a full participant Thursday after missing last week, so I’d expect to see a lot more passes this week. Tarik Cohen has been amazing, but with the wide receiver depth the Bears have, I expect him to see more looks in the passing game than in the rushing game, as Cunningham should get some of those touches too.
Q: Who is an under the radar player to watch for?
A: I just mentioned him in the last question, but Benny Cunningham was great in the preseason and is returning after an injury in Week 1, where he was also playing amazing. If Howard can’t go, he might see the lions share of the touches from the backfield, as well as probably preventing a sack or two blocking for Glennon.
Q: Both Steelers tackles are currently on the injury report. How does Leonard Floyd look in year two and could he take advantage against a potentially weakened unit?
A: Floyd hasn’t looked amazing to start this season, but he definitely has looked better as the games have come along. I’m not sure it’ll necessarily be him testing the offensive line, however, as he has been dropping back into coverage a lot more than he did in year one, likely due to the great pass rush that Hicks and Goldman, among others, have gotten. If the Steelers offensive line is beaten up, it could be a long night for Ben Roethlisberger, as the pass rush should be able to disrupt a lot of passes. Going against Brown and Wheaton, I’d expect to see the Bears drop into coverage a lot more than usual, so I’m not sure Floyd will be a big factor in the pass rush this week.