One of the many areas of weakness that Steelers defense prioritized in improving during the off-season, was creating more turnovers; an area that affected them during the late stages of the 2018 season.
As documented during training camp, members of the defense were repetitively drilled with the emphasis on generating more turnovers. The result so far after five games, has been a dramatic increase in turnovers this season, likes that Steelers fans have not seen in a while.
The Steelers defense as a whole last season, combined for a total of eight interceptions, placing them at the lower spectrum in the category. In contrast, the Steelers have combined for six interceptions in just five games.
The biggest difference can be noted in their turnover differential. Last season, the Steelers carried a differential of -11, which once against placed them at the lower spectrum of the NFL. Currently, the Steelers defense sits at +5, placing them fifth in this category. In addition, their six forced fumbles rank them in the top 3 in the NFL.
After years of heavy investments through the draft, including their most recent acquisition of former Miami Dolphins first round pick Minkah Fitzpatrick, the Steelers have done a formidable job adding playmakers in different positions.
This past Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens, the Steelers defense accounted for five sacks and three interceptions. Ironically, it was a Ravens turnover that proved to be the deciding factor in their contest.
In a season, which the Steelers have experienced unexpected offensive woes, the defensive unit has been their strength. As the season carries forward, this unit will likely see the field more often than usual. Considering the strides they have made in generating turnovers, this is seemingly a challenge they are ready to handle.