Throughout much of training camp and the preseason, most of the talk concerning the Pittsburgh Steelers has centered on offensive coordinator Todd Haley and his new look offense.
However, in the first two games of the preseason, the first-team offense has been shaky at best.
Against the Colts last Sunday, the starters scored once when quarterback Ben Roethlisberger hit receiver Antonio Brown for a 57-yard touchdown early in the first quarter.
But later turned the ball over when Roethlisberger threw an interception that led to points for the Colts.
Brown’s touchdown has been the only touchdown scored by the first-team this preseason.
While one can argue that it is still only preseason and that there is plenty of time left before the Steelers open the regular season on September 9 against the Denver Broncos, it doesn’t excuse the fact that the Steelers' first-team offense looks out of rhythm.
Tonight though, the Steelers' offense will have a chance to shore some things up as head coach Mike Tomlin has stated that the starters will most likely play the entire first half against the Buffalo Bills.
The Steelers, and more so Roethlisberger, have expressed that the offense hasn’t been able to put together a “Steeler-like” drive so far this preseason.
Look for the Steelers' offense to come out and try to dominate time of possession by continuing to establish the run, something that has been a bright spot for them this preseason.
The cohesiveness of the offensive line in passing situations will also be something to watch for, as the new look unit has struggled in blitz pick-up in the two games so far.