We have the best receiver, the best running back, the best quarterback in the NFL, we have a helluva offensive line, a great core of receivers and a solid tight end group. To only put up 17 points per game is that [a waste], James said. It means we’re not executing the play calls being made. I don’t know if it’s lack of prep or not getting locked in when things are going crazy on the field. We have to improve. If the defense holds a team to 17 points, we should be able to win.
Things won’t get any easier. The next stop is Baltimore, where the Steelers have averaged 12.3 points per game in their past three road games against the Ravens.
Cleaning up road play, somehow, is priority No. 1.
I don’t know if it’s something in the food, the water, DeCastro joked. It just sucks because you can prepare all week, feel good, then come out here and lay a big, fat egg. We’re shooting ourselves in the foot a lot.
Bulaga, who missed the first two weeks, could not finish Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals. He dropped out after 47 of the 70 snaps and was replaced by Justin McCray, who started the Week 2 game at Atlanta. Bakhtiari was inactive for the second straight week. Murphy, who started Week 1 in place of Bulaga and the past two games at left tackle, showed up on the injury report Monday even though he finished Sunday’s game.
The Packers did not practice on Monday but were required to submit an estimated participation level because they’re playing on Thursday. Of the three tackles, only Bakhtiari would have practiced, and it would have been on a limited basis. Two other tackles, Jason Spriggs (hamstring) and Don Barclay (ankle), are on injured reserve.