Good Tuesday to you Steelers’ Fans!
It would be very easy to sit around and replay every moment that led to the dubious tie on Sunday in Cleveland but that won’t do much to prepare for the Kansas City Chiefs. The good news is that this is at home and Ben Roethlisberger typically bounces back well from shaky performances like he had. It is often said in the game of football that a team’s greatest improvement is found between it’s first and second games. That might not be hard for the Steelers because there’s a lot to improve upon. Six turnovers, over 100 yards in penalties and a rare missed field goal from Chris Boswell are just the start but there were some good things too. The bottom line is that the Steelers have moved forward and it’s high time the rest of us do as well. On to the Chiefs!
James Conner’s fumble was devastating Sunday but let’s get some things straight. Ben Roethlisberger turned the ball over four times. Whether they were all on him or not doesn’t matter. The Steelers also had several opportunities to chew more clock and the offensive line, who was very good blocking for Conner, had a crucial lapse on that play. If you’re blaming Conner and excusing Big Ben or anything else than you’ve got it wrong.
Pro Football Focus rated T.J. Watt’s 11 tackle, four sacks and one blocked field goal performance a “70.” Was his play on Sunday perfect? Of course not. He gave up contain a few times and get beat along the way as well, but a ’70?’ Ridiculous and what makes it even worse is the person grading obviously doesn’t know what Watt’s responsibility on each play so how can this grade be accurate? But hey, if NBC uses their stats they must be legit. (Yes, that’s sarcasm)
Tweet of the Day… Talk about a hot take. This is the kind of thing that is unnecessary. It’s one damn game.
Remember that time the Giants passed on Sam Darnold and pretended they didn’t need a QB.
— Adam Schein (@AdamSchein) September 11, 2018
The Steelers’ strategy with Tyreek Hill will be interesting. After burning the Chargers all day what will Danny Smith (on special teams) and Keith Butler (on defense) come up with? The defense played a lot of man coverage Sunday. How conducive will that be against such a speedy guy like Hill? And do you even think of kicking to him? As inconsistent as Jordan Berry is I would hope a plan is in place.
I think it’s very easy to say but after Sunday I believe it is as obvious as ever before… This team goes only as far as Big Ben takes them.
Reports are fairly positive on the hamstring injury to Joe Haden. He seen walking without a limp yesterday and the injury is deemed as a ‘grade one.’ My gut feeling is that he doesn’t play this week which means Cam Sutton would get the start.
After Conner’s big game I’m still expecting that Bell returns sooner than he planned but I could be wrong. I know one thing for certain, if I’m him, I get the hell off of social media. I’ve said that before many times and he still doesn’t listen.
The players are off today and Mike Tomlin will hold his weekly press conference at Noon Eastern.
Have a great day Steeler Nation!
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