Good Monday to you Steelers’ Fans! This one feels a whole better than a week ago doesn’t it?
The Steelers wake up today to find the AFC North standings like this; Steelers 4-2, Ravens 3-3, Bengals 2-3, Browns 0-6. It’s actually a game and a half lead for the Black and Gold as they have a win over the Ravens in hand.
The offense was markedly better Sunday and I put 80% of that on the ability to run the ball. I put 100% of that on Todd Haley for actually “running the ball” a week after throwing it 55 times against the best pass defense in the NFL at the time. Sometimes this game really isn’t that difficult.
Injury news from yesterday: Marcus Gilbert re-aggravated his hamstring injury and missed the second half…. Vince Williams reportedly left the stadium on crutches with a banged up hip.
Following the Chiefs’ safety which gave the Steelers’ a 2-0 lead, Kansas City free-kicked using their punter which most teams opt for after a safety. Antonio Brown and JuJu Smith-Schuster made an absolute mess of that with neither catching it. It’s a “free kick” meaning it’s a live ball. Again, more special teams’ ineptitude. That should NEVER happen in that situation. Luckily the defense held Kansas City to a field goal.
I really hate to be “that guy” but do you understand what we’d be talking about today had Philip Gaines intercepted that pass rather than tipping it to Antonio Brown? Ben Roethlisberger stared Brown down the whole way and the safety was taking a direct line towards AB. The window Big Ben had to throw in there was tiny and it should have never been thrown. That’s football however and I’ll gladly take the result.
Tweet of the Day… I’ll get to the “Martavis wants a trade” stuff in another piece coming later today.
Big win today and tomorrow right back to work tomorrow I am happy to be a steeler and can't wait to reach number 7 this year.
— Martavis Bryant (@ThaBestUNO) October 16, 2017
I thought the defense was much better at tackling yesterday for the most part. Sure, there were some misses but that happens every week. Overall it was a much better job.
The Mike Mitchell fan boys must have been crushed to see him completely whiff on a sure sack only to come back and get a personal foul penalty…. Ya, he’s tackled more consistently in recent weeks but he still makes too many boneheaded plays.
Mike Hilton has been a diamond in the rough if there ever has been. He continues to be a guy that makes plays and disrupts the action across the board.
T.J. Watt and Bud Dupree were pretty much non-factors yesterday combining for two tackles. 39-year old James Harrison saw limited time and collected three tackles and the biggest sack of the game late in the fourth quarter. Draw your own conclusions.
Not sure what else to say about the success of Le’Veon Bell running the ball when B.J. Finney starts in place of Ramon Foster. In the four times this has occurred Bell has been over 100 yards each time.
Welcome aboard Vance McDonald! He made his first big catch of the season and did an excellent job of blocking as well.
Speaking of blocking, Jesse James is getting way too deep when he pulls across the formation. It’s been a trend for the last couple of weeks now. When that happens, the running back cannot get headed up field as quickly as needed.
Ben Roethlisberger’s first half interception was 100% on Antonio Brown. For whatever reason, he stopped the route but Big Ben had already committed to throwing the ball.
Pittsburgh was 1 of 2 in red zone attempts Sunday and the one they failed to score a touchdown on was brutal. While I appreciate trying to run the ball (especially after it worked earlier in the game) why not go play-action on first down?
Artie Burns and Sean Davis both had very solid performances on Sunday.
OK, on to Cincinnati!
Have a great day Steeler Nation!