It first started with losing Polamalu early in the season this year. Since then, the Steelers have never been fully healthy in the secondary. Ike Taylor was the latest to go down for an extended period of time with his ankle injury a few weeks ago. The Steelers are looking even more hard pressed to cover the passing game with Keenan Lewis (hip flexer) and Cortez Allen (groin) both not practicing/limited this week.
This potentially puts Curtis Brown, DeMarcus Van Dyke and Josh Victorian in the hot seats for stepping up and covering a fast and talented Dallas receiving core. If the Steelers lose Lewis and Allen this week (or even a Keenan Lewis at less than 100%), Dez Bryant, Miles Austin, and Jason Witten will run rampant downfield. I can see Witten benefiting the most in this injury plagued scenario. With Lewis and Allen under scrutiny if they take the field this Sunday, Polamalu and Clark will need to play up to help underneath. This could spell trouble for the middle linebackers and the middle of the filed. Witten has been a beast this season catching pass after pass from QB Tony Romo. The hot then cold then hot then cold Cowboys could be sizzling hot on Sunday against a Pittsburgh squad that is reeling from injury after injury.
So what do you think? Does the secondary have a shot at stopping the ‘Boys or will they have a huge day against a hobbling Steeler secondary?