Good Victory Thursday to you Steelers fans.
Our Steelers remained unbeaten yesterday defeating the Baltimore Ravens 19-14 in what can only be described as one, ugly game. If you saw Mike Tomlin (he called it a ‘junior varsity performance’) afterwards then you saw a guy who was not happy despite his team winning. To be very honest, he had every right to feel that way and I laid it out last night. Time to get on to our “good and bad” from the game.
-It was a win. Don’t apologize. Take it and move on. But… It’s OK to say as Tomlin did that it wasn’t good enough.
-Since being released and re-signed, Jordan Berry has hit some really big punts.
-Joe Haden’s superb interception and return for touchdown got over-shadowed a bit because of the poor performance and it shouldn’t be that way. It was a terrific play by the veteran.
-What a catch by James Washington on such a crucial play. Those hands look like they’ve seen some work on his family farm!
-I think Chase Claypool is good for at least one big pass interference call per game. He is such a difficult matchup for corners. I don’t know if there’s one in the league that can physically match up with him.
-I have no doubt that the Steelers “took their time” getting off of the Ravens’ RB at the end of the first half. That said, the Ravens themselves showed no urgency at all for about the first 8-10 seconds after the whistle. And lastly, John Harbaugh can cry all he wants to but no one outside of Bill Belichick rides of the line of rules the way he does. He’ll get no sympathy from me.
-Benny Snell showed some nice flashes of quickness and power last night both as a runner and receiver. In a pinch, I think he’s got a nice career as a spot starter and backup.
-T.J. Watt and Cam Heyward look like they’re playing with small children at times.
Tweet of the Day… Doesn’t matter how ugly or how bad. It’s a win.
11-0 Victory Thursday vibes… pic.twitter.com/1UswMWqapp
— mel 🌴 (@Mel629_) December 3, 2020
-Bud Dupree is out for the season. Gerry Dulac confirmed last evening the team believes he has a torn ACL. His absence will be glaring. He has been so good rushing the passer and defending the run over the last couple of years…. I wish him a speedy and healthy recovery.
-I was dead serious when I said last night that Diontae Johnson had better get his hands squared away or he won’t be around long. I don’t care how quick or how fast you are if you can’t be relied on to hang on to the damn football then you aren’t getting a second contract. It’s that simple.
-Johnson wasn’t the only one though. Chase Claypool, Eric Ebron and JuJu Smith-Schuster also had butterfingers yesterday.
-Randy Fichtner had better get his Red Zone offense back on track. You aren’t beating anyone going 1 for 4.
-Ben Roethlisberger’s first quarter pick was one of the worst of his career. Yes, it was fourth down but you have to give your guy a chance to make a play not heave it up right to a defender. That was ugly.
-Terrell Edmunds had been playing better. Yesterday was a step back however. Several missed tackles and a horrible decision on Marquise Brown’s touchdown did nothing to silence his detractors.
-Chris Boswell has missed four PATs now. Are they gimmes? No, but he has to be better.
-While Snell looked OK at times the offensive line isn’t good. No one is getting to the second level and there’s no ‘attitude’ with this group either.
The Steelers quick turnaround begins today as they prep for Washington. At 4-7, the WFT is not good but they are playing better and they have a chance to win one of the worst divisions in the history of football. By the time this game is played, they will have had about 12 days to prepare. The Steelers will have had four. I expect a much better performance Monday but I also expect another dogfight.
Have a great day Steeler Nation!
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