Matchup: Steelers Running Game vs. Bears Defense
Kaboly, Mark, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
MATCHUP OF THE WEEK
Steelers running game vs. Bears run defense
STEELERS RUNNING GAME
It has been well documented that the Steelers run game has struggled. They were 23rd in the league in rushing and 29th in yards per carry last year. A new year didnt cure that problem. The Steelers rushed 36 yards on 23 carries last week, albeit against a good run defense in the Titans. That's 1.6 yards per carry. Willie Parker managed 19 yards and Rashard Mendenhall touched the ball only four times. After a performance like that, you better believe that Mike Tomlin & Co. wants to get a little better effort out of his ground game especially with the a couple new faces in the middle of Chicago's defense.
BEARS RUN DEFENSE
The Bears are stout against the run. Always have been and always will be. However, that was with All-Pro linebacker Brian Urlacher in the middle of the Bears' 4-3 defense. …