Good Morning Steelers’ Fans.
There is little ‘good’ about it however. This morning the Steelers wake up and no doubt have a bad taste in their mouths. Despite amazing performances from T.J. Watt, James Conner and a few others, this team needed everything it had to salvage a tie with the Cleveland Browns in soggy FirstEnergy Field. A tie when you come from behind is like a win. A tie when you blow a lead is like a loss. Put the Steelers firmly in the latter category. Let’s get to the good and bad of this mistake by the lake.
The Good? Watt had four sacks and blocked the potential game-winning field goal. This is a guy who didn’t play a down in the preseason but was mentally prepared to play. Kudos to him. James Conner was tremendous. He’s so different than Le’Veon Bell but his numbers were right on par if not better. Yes, he has to hold on to the football. Inexcusable to fumble but I’ll say this; his line didn’t help on that play either. He had barely taken the hand-off before he was hit. Jon Bostic played much better than he did in the preseason. I haven’t seen the All-22 film yet but I like what Sean Davis did at free safety.
The Bad? Chris Boswell has won more games for this team than he’s lost. Missing that kick however just can’t happen. Ben Roethlisberger has to take care of the football plain and simple. Of his four interceptions I put two squarely on him, one on his receiver and the other is questionable. I continue to find it understandable why Mike Tomlin hardly plays Big Ben in the preseason; to keep him healthy. The downside of that is his timing and rhythm are off and yesterday was a perfect example. Officiating was highly questionable at times. It did not and I stress IT DID NOT mean the difference between winning and losing but there were some very iffy calls in situations that seemed very cut and dried in my opinion.
Tweet of the Day… See this and below
Welcome to Overreaction Monday, everybody. Enjoy!
— Ross Tucker (@RossTuckerNFL) September 10, 2018
Monday following week one is always a time for overreaction. Are the Ravens as good as they showed? Are the Bills that bad? Does the Tampa Bay game suddenly look more difficult to win because of Ryan Fitzpatrick? What I can tell you is that rarely do teams warrant the labels they get from week one to week two. Let’s see how it plays out.
Check out Ian’s ‘Tweetcap‘ from the game yesterday.
Please stop saying “Bell wouldn’t have fumbled there.” Ya know what? He probably wouldn’t have but he wasn’t playing. In fact, he wasn’t anywhere near Cleveland so let’s credit Conner with the game he had and save the ‘what ifs’ for when Bell actually shows up.
Ben Roethlisberger is now 80-0-1 in games where his team had a fourth quarter 14-point lead or more and didn’t win. Bizarre.
NFL television rules are stupid. The fact that CBS could show you the final two minutes of the game but not the overtime is just dumb.
Have a great day Steeler Nation. Or at least try to….
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