Lower Expectations for the 0-2 Steelers With Mason Rudolph at Quarterback
Steelers Done Before September Ends?
After an embarrassing 33-3 loss to the New England Patriots in Week 1, the Steelers were looking to get their season on track in Week 2 when they hosted the Seahawks. Instead of things getting better, they took a turn for the worst. Not only did the Steelers lose 28-26 and drop to 0-and-2 but they lost starting Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to a season ending elbow injury.
Steelers Turn To Second Year QB Mason Rudolph
With Roethlisberger sidelined for the entire Second Half, backup QB Mason Rudolph entered the game and completed 12-of-19 passes for 112 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Pittsburgh drafted Rudolph in the 3rd Round of last year's NFL Draft but he never saw any action as a rookie.
Are the Playoffs Even a Possibility?
Only ten teams in the last decade have made the playoffs after starting 0-2. While it's certainly going to be an up-hill battle for the Steelers, especially with AFC North rivals Baltimore Ravens starting 2-0, it's not entirely out of the realm of possibility for Pittsburgh to turn things around and make it to the Post-Season.