Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin has talked up the qualities of his rookie offence heading into their Monday Night Football clash with Chicago Bears at Heinz Field (Steelers 3/10, Bears 13/5 – Money Line).

After an indifferent start to the season, that had been expected by Tomlin and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, the Steelers will head into Monday’s contest on a three-game winning streak and very much in the hunt for the postseason (Steelers 50/1 to win Super Bow LVI).

Their 4-3 record has them sitting second in the AFC North, with their ongoing winning run being attributed in part to the form of their rookie offensive quartet of running back Najee Harris, centre Kendrick Green, tight end Pat Freiermuth and left tackle Dan Moore Jr.

The quartet have helped a Steelers offence – that finished last in rushing during 2020 – top 100 yards in each of their last three games, with Tomlin keen to talk up the contributions of his rookies.

“They’re built for (the NFL),” Tomlin told reporters. “Oftentimes, through the draft process, you work your tails off to find out whether or not they’re built for it, but you don’t really get confirmation of that until you’re working with them. I think we’re getting confirmation.”

The 3-5 Bears will come into Monday’s contest having lost three games on the spin and with reports suggesting head coach Matt Nagy could be replaced.

QB Justin Fields will be the youngest offensive player on the field on Monday and he showed why he could represent the future for the Bears following an impressive showing against San Francisco 49ers last time out.

However, Fields will be up against one of the meanest defences this season in the Steelers and as the most sacked quarterback in the NFL during 2021 (26), he could be in for a tough evening at Heinz Field.

This will be the first meeting between the Steelers and the Bears since Chicago claimed a 23-17 overtime victory back in 2017.

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