The Steelers have yet to win a game without DJ Watt since a Week 3 loss to the Browns.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers have a lot of issues to address after their 1-2 start, though they can’t seem to shake off a streak of losing games without TJ Watt. Since Watt’s rookie season, the Steelers have played six games without the Defensive Player of the Year — none of them won.

Pittsburgh is 0-6 without Watt following Thursday night’s loss to the Cleveland Browns to go 0-2 this season. Pittsburgh has allowed 147.5 rushing yards since Watt’s outing (which isn’t a full game), compared to 133 in the only game Watt played.

“It starts with stopping that run,” Steelers safety Minkah Fitzpatrick said after Thursday’s loss. “You’re not stopping that run, you’re not putting them on 3rd-and-longs, you’re not putting them in tough situations, you’re letting our rushers rush. When it’s 3rd-and-three-and-down, they can do whatever they want. Worrying about the run, guys can get down the field. No. Obviously, we’re losing one of our best rushers, one of the best rushers in the league. We still have to find a way to stop the run and get pressure. The quarterback.”

Pittsburgh, which has led the league in sacks each year on Watt’s list (since 2017), has gotten just two of the two games Watt has missed. Those sacks came in Thursday’s loss to the Browns, along with three tackles for loss. The Steelers average just 1.7 sacks per game without Watt (one this year) compared to 3.5 with him.

Watt is a real difference maker, but the Steelers don’t get him back for a few weeks. Pittsburgh still believes it has the players to get pressure in the quarter, even if the results show otherwise.

“We’ve got to continue to find ways, it’s not one man’s job, it’s a team thing,” Steelers cornerback Cameron Sutton said. “We have 11 guys inside and down. We put it all on each other and we have to keep standing.

“Obviously, good things come, not good things. So, we want to make the best of it.”

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