Steelers Report Card/Week 2: Champs Must Face Bear Facts


Published: September 21, 2009

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... are good losses and not-so-good losses. And then there is the kind that the Steelers had against a very beatable Chicago Bears team.

If you’re the defending Super Bowl champions, then this shouldn’t happen.

Except for the absence of safety Troy Polamalu—and granted, that was a large exception—the Steelers had everything in their favor here. They had nine days to prepare for the game, while the Bears had played the previous Sunday night.

The Bears were without linebacker Brian Urlacher, arguably their best defensive player; their secondary and offensive line were train wrecks; and their quarterback had come off the worst performance of his career.

Too bad the Steelers considered a rare trip to Chicago to be a weekend vacation, not a business trip.

2. What should concern head coach Mike Tomlin more than anything is the lack of a killer instinct. The visitors had the Bears down for the count in the first period, which they abs...

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