In the AFC playoff picture, it’s feast or famine for a lot of teams. The Pittsburgh Steelers and the Miami Dolphins are two of the teams that need to win every last game and get some help to make it to the postseason. A win on Sunday afternoon against the Dolphins could help. But despite Pittsburgh’s five straight wins against Miami, there would be another factor at play. The return of wide receiver Mike Wallace had the potential to make for an interesting afternoon. Wallace would love to help his team to the playoffs and torch his former team at the same time. But would that happen? Wallace was virtually a non factor but Miami managed to grind out a 34 – 28 win in Pittsburgh.
The Steelers got the early lead that they needed when Ben Roethlisberger got a five yard touchdown pass to Emmanuel Sanders. But the Steelers let the lead get cut in the end of the 1st quarter as Miami added a 30 yard field goal. Miami was the better of the two teams in the 2nd quarter and their touchdown drive put them up 10 – 7 at the half. As with a few other games on Sunday, everything got wild in the 2nd half.
The Dolphins took a 17 – 7 lead on a touchdown early in the 3rd quarter but the lead didn’t hold long. Pittsburgh began to mount a comeback. Ben Roethlisberger’s 43 yard touchdown pass to Antonio Brown cut the lead to 17 -14. Then Troy Polamalu got an interception on the next Miami possession and returned it 19 yards to put the Steelers up 21 – 17. Miami wouldn’t go away though. They finished the 3rd quarter with yet another touchdown and the lead was back in the Dolphins’ hands 24 – 21. Pittsburgh quickly responded with another touchdown drive capped by a Roethlisberger to Jerricho Cotchery 16 yard touchdown pass. The Steelers were now up 28 – 24 but there was still almost a whole quarter of play to go. And Pittsburgh couldn’t hold on. The Dolphins scored 10 more points in the final minutes of the game to go up 34 – 28. The Steelers still had time left to make something happen but they went three and out. On 4th down, the Steelers tried a trick play that almost succeeded in a winning touchdown until it was determined that Antonio Brown stepped out of bounds after receiving a possibly illegal forward pass from Ben Roethlisberger.
Even if the Steelers win the last three, they would be just 8 – 8 and it would be doubtful that their record would be enough for a wild card spot. Stranger things have happened though. But Pittsburgh would have to win next week against the Cincinnati Bengals for the Steelers to have any chance at all.
On Thanksgiving night, the Baltimore Ravens hosted the Pittsburgh Steelers in a game that both of them needed if they were going to stay in the hunt for a wild card playoff spot. The Steelers were riding a three game win streak and the Ravens were looking to win two in a row. With both teams at 5 – 6 and four other teams holding that record fighting for the same Wild Card spot, something would have to give. At of the end of this one, the Steelers would be looking at themselves and wondering what happened. After falling behind early, the Steelers tried to rally but the fell just short and the Ravens took a 22 – 20 victory.
After the Steelers went three and out on their opening possession, the Ravens went 74 yards and took a 7 – 0 lead on a Joe Flacco to Torrey Smith touchdown pass. As the Steelers offense struggled, the Ravens did slightly better. A 2nd quarter field goal gave Baltimore a 10 – 0 before halftime and then on the opening drive of the 3rd quarter, the Ravens added another Justin Tucker field goal to go up 13 – 0. With the way that the Steelers had been playing, the lead seemed safe. But it wasn’t. The Steelers went no-huddle and drove 80 yards for a touchdown to cut the lead to 13 – 7. Baltimore answered with a field goal to stay up 16 – 7. Early in the 4th quarter, Justin Tucker hit his fourth field goal of the night, making it 19 – 7. The Steelers went back to the no-huddle offense and it led to a Le’Veon Bell 1 yard touchdown run. With the score 19 – 14, the Steelers were threatening. Justin Tucker’s fifth field goal of the night made it 22 – 14, but Pittsburgh still had time to tie the game on a touchdown and two-point conversion. The Steelers went on a wild 80 yard drive that saw them lose two touchdowns in the later stages of the drive. One call was reversed when Heath Miller fell short of the end zone. The other call was reversed when Le’Veon Bell had his helmet knocked off in a violent collision at the goal line. After Bell was helped off the field, the Steelers need two plays to get in the end zone. A two point conversion would have tied the game but Emmanuel Sanders couldn’t hold on to the pass. Down 22 – 20, an onside kick would have given the Steelers a chance but it failed and that was the ballgame.
Next week, the Steelers will host the Dolphins while the Ravens will host the Vikings.
The Pittsburgh Steelers appear to be on a run that could put them back in the playoff picture. The Steelers have rebounded from losing their first four games to win four of their last six. Last week against the Detroit Lions, Ben Roethlisberger looked like the quarterback that led the Steelers to two Super Bowl titles. He threw for nearly 400 yards with 4 touchdowns and more importantly, no interceptions. But keeping the interceptions down will be tough against this week’s opponent, the Cleveland Browns. Cleveland has one of the best defenses in the NFL and given their poor record against “Big Ben”, they will need some takeaways to steal a win. The AFC Wild Card race is packed with teams and both the Steelers and Browns needed a win to try and separate themselves from the pack. But the Steelers wanted that win more as they were clearly the better team in their 27 – 11 victory over the Browns.
Pittsburgh got the ball first and immediately got on the board with a Shaun Suisham 47 yard field goal. Cleveland answered with a field goal of their own to tie things up at 3 – 3. In the 2nd quarter, neither team could get anything going until the final few minutes. That’s when Ben Roethlisberger hit Antonio Brown for a 41 yard touchdown and a 10 – 3 lead. After Troy Polamalu forced and recovered a Cleveland fumble, the Steelers added a 32 yard field goal to close out the 1st half up 13 – 3.
The 2nd half belonged to the Steelers. They scored the only points of the 3rd quarter after Roethlisberger threw a short touchdown pass to Emmanuel Sanders to put Pittsburgh up 20 – 3. That touchdown was set up by another fumble by the Browns. In the 4th quarter, the Steelers would get another touchdown thanks to a Browns turnover. William Gay intercepted a pass and took it 21 yards for the score. In all, the Pittsburgh defense had four takeaways and finally looked like the Steelers defense that fans were used to seeing. Up 27 – 3 at that point, the Steelers could afford to give up a late touchdown and two point conversion.
It’s a short week for the Steelers as they will travel to Baltimore to face the Ravens on Thanksgiving night. This is always a big game for both teams and with playoff implications already on everyone’s minds, a win will be important.
The Pittsburgh Steelers had appeared to turn a corner before last week. They picked up their first two victories of the season before falling short to the Oakland Raiders. But at 2 – 5, the season has definitely not gone the way that the Pittsburgh faithful had expected. A Sunday afternoon meeting against the New England Patriots in Foxboro would certainly be a tough game. The Patriots were undefeated at home and even a less than perfect Tom Brady would be a challenge for the Steelers’ defense. Any trouble that Brady had shown in the last few weeks disappeared Sunday afternoon. Even though the Ben Roethlisberger had a great passing day, Brady and the Patriots completely demolished the Steelers 55 – 31. Those 55 points were the most that any team had ever scored against a Steelers franchise that has always been known for defense.
For most of the 1st quarter, neither team could get on solid offensive ground. Then New England intercepted Roethlisberger and Brady threw one 34 yard pass for a touchdown. Early in the 2nd quarter another Brady touchdown pass made it a 14 – 0 game. When the Steelers did get on the board with a field goal, the Patriots answered with a field goal of their own to maintain a 17 – 3 lead. Pittsburgh tried to stay close with a Roethlisberger to Antonio Brown touchdown, making it a 17 – 10 game. But Brady once again led the Patriots down the field to close out the 1st half with a touchdown.
The Steelers started the 2nd half by forcing and recovering a Patriots’ fumble that set up a short touchdown drive. Down 24 – 17, the Steelers had some hope. On their next drive, they tied the game with Jerricho Cotchery’s second straight touchdown reception. From that moment on, it was almost all Patriots. First, there was a field goal and then two unanswered touchdowns. Now down 41 – 24, time and hope was running out for Pittsburgh. Jerricho Cotchery’s third touchdown of the day cut the lead to 10 points. But Tom Brady was just too good. He led his Patriots on two more touchdown drive that put the game out of reach for the Steelers. There aren’t many games where you score 31 points and still lose. It just seems impossible but it happened.
Next week, the Steelers will hope to draw some energy from the home crowd as they host the Buffalo Bills.
Going into Sunday afternoon’s game against the Oakland Raiders, the Pittsburgh Steelers were on a two game win streak. Yes, they still have a losing record at 2 – 4 but the team has been showing signs of improvement. The defense has stepped up their play and the running game has finally developed. The Steelers would need both of those areas of the game to continue to show improvement if they were going to get past Oakland, who had won three of the last four meetings between the two teams. The defense wasn’t that bad but without a running game, the Steelers struggled. After one play put them down early, the Steelers couldn’t recover and lost 21 – 18.
On the first play of the game, Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor ran 93 yards for a touchdown and a 7 – 0 lead. Oakland quickly scored again and were up 14 – 0. In the 2nd quarter, Shaun Suisham added a 47 yard field goal to cut the lead to 14 – 3. But Suisham would miss his second attempt and that would be important later in the game. Before the half’s end, Oakland went up 21 – 3. Oakland wouldn’t score another point but they didn’t have to. Pittsburgh just couldn’t get anything going and Suisham would miss two more field goal attempts. By the time the Steelers’ offense did start scoring, it was too late. Despite two late touchdowns, the missed field goals came back to haunt Pittsburgh.
Pittsburgh has a formidable opponent ahead of them in Week 9. They will travel to Foxboro to take on the New England Patriots
The Steel City was a better place to be this past week after the Steelers got their first win of the season against the New York Jets. But a 1 – 4 record is still nothing to be proud of. If the Steelers were going to build on that win, they would need to come up with a strong showing against the visiting Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens were another Super Bowl Champion struggling through this season and looking to turn things around. In a game that seemed to slowly seesaw back and forth, the Steelers held on to win 19 – 16.
Pittsburgh finally found a way to run the ball and that may have made the difference. Overall, they had 141 yards on the ground with Le’Veon Bell getting 93 of those yards. But it was the passing and kicking game that put the points on the board. Ben Roethlisberger hit Heath Miller for 3 yard touchdown pass to take the early 7 – 0 lead. After that, it was all Shaun Suisham. Suisham had four field goals on the day including the 42 yarder with no time left on the clock that sealed the win. With Suisham’s field goals and a defense that kept the Ravens off balance, the Steelers were able to get their second win of the season.
The Steelers will make the cross country trip to take on the Oakland Raiders in Week 8
Sunday afternoon, many Pittsburgh Steelers fans were looking at a team that has never existed in most of their lifetimes. Their Steelers were winless in four games, the running game is nonexistent and the defense had yet to register a single takeaway. Along with the lack of a takeaway, the Steelers only have four sacks on the season. Most fans could recall games where the Steelers had four sacks in just one half of a football game. All of the hallmarks of the Steelers have disappeared. Going into Met Life Stadium to face the New York Jets, the Steelers would just have to find a way to change things and make something happen on both offense and defense. And that’s what they did. The offense moved down the field and the defense finally got some takeaways as the Steelers beat the Jets 19 – 6.
The Pittsburgh offense struggled in the 1st quarter as New York took a 3 – 0 lead. Then Shaun Suisham rattled off three straight field goals to put the Steelers up 9 – 3 before the Jets cut the lead to 9 – 6 before the half. After the Steelers forced a punt on the first Jets’ possession of the 2nd half, Roethlisberger hit Emmanuel Sanders for a 55 yard touchdown pass. The Steelers got their first takeaway on an interception on the next Jets’ offensive possession. With another field goal by Suisham, Pittsburgh was up 19 – 6 and the defense got another interception to keep the Jets down and out of this one.
The Steelers will have a tough game ahead of them next week as they host the Baltimore Ravens.
A quick look into the history of the Pittsburgh Steelers would reveal that they hadn’t gone 0 – 4 to start a season since 1968. As the Steelers traveled to London to face the Minnesota Vikings, the Steeler faithful hoped that their team would not equal that historic mark. Against another winless team, the Steelers chances should have been good. But the continuing lack of a running game as well as the lack of takeaways by their defense led to a 34 – 27 loss for the Steelers.
Minnesota took a 10 – 0 lead before Le’Veon Bell had an 8 yard touchdown run to make it 10 – 7. Then Adrian Peterson stung the Steelers’ defense for a 60 yard touchdown run. The Steelers and Vikings traded field goals but the Vikings still had a 20 – 10 lead at the half. In the 3rd quarter Le’Veon Bell had another touchdown to cut the lead to 20 – 17. The Vikings used two touchdowns to expand their lead to 34 – 17 after three quarters. Pittsburgh scored 10 points late to cut the lead to just a touchdown before Ben Roethlisberger was stripped of the ball with less than two minutes left. That fumble killed any chances of the Steelers coming back.
The Steelers will have the bye week next week. Maybe they can use the time to figure out a way to win a game before this season gets away from them
It has been a long time since the Steel City has seen a team like this year’s Pittsburgh Steelers. It’s been thirteen years since the Steelers have started the season 0 – 3 and without a win against the visiting Chicago Bears, it could happen again. Few fans can even remember a time when their team struggled on the offensive side of the ball and failed to get takeaways on the defensive side. Injuries have had a lot to do with the Steelers’ problems
but they are not the only reason. Things just seem to be off. But if the Steelers could beat the undefeated Bears, fans might have reason to hope. Although the Steelers looked a lot better than they have this season, there were still too many mistakes and that led to a 40 – 23 loss to the Bears.
The Steelers started out poorly in this one. The Bears took a 3 – 0 lead and then Ben Roethlisberger’s fumble led to a Chicago touchdown. Another touchdown put Chicago up 17 – 0 after just one quarter. After a 27 yard Shaun Suisham field goal, Roethlisberger threw an interception that the Bears returned for another score. The Bears were now up 24 – 3 and the Pittsburgh faithful was getting restless. An Antonio Brown touchdown reception cut the lead to 24 – 10 before the half and the Steelers started to show some life. In the 3rd quarter, the Bears added a field goal before Pittsburgh scored 13 unanswered points to cut the lead to 27 – 23 early in the 4th quarter. But two more turnovers and more mistakes cost Pittsburgh any chance to win this one.
Next week, the Steelers will travel to London to face the Minnesota Vikings.
The 2013 preseason was a disaster for the Pittsburgh Steelers and the regular season is not looking any better. Not only did the Steelers lose their season opener at home against the Tennessee Titans, they lost three of their top stars as well. Center Maurkice Pouncey, linebacker Larry Foote and running back LaRod Stephens-Howling are all out for the season. Even more problematic than the injuries was the lack of production from the Steelers’ offense. Even against the Bengals, who they had beaten 11 of the last 12 games in Cincinnati, they would need to score if they wanted to win. But the Pittsburgh offense struggled again and that led to a 20 – 10 loss.
The Pittsburgh offense that we have seen so far looks nothing like what we are used to seeing. Even though the Steelers took an early 3 – 0 lead on a 44 yard field goal from Shaun Suisham, they couldn’t move the ball downfield. When they did, nothing happened. Pittsburgh saw their third drive of the game, which went 81 yards, fail due to a fumble. As the Steelers were struggling, the Bengals were building a 10 – 3 lead. Towards the end of the 1st half, the Steelers showed life and drove 65 yards for a tying touchdown. But all of that was wasted by a lackluster 2nd half where the Steelers couldn’t do a thing. Cincinnati wasn’t that great but they managed to score another 10 points and that was all that they needed.
The Steelers are now 0 – 2 for the first time in over 10 years. In Week 3, the Steelers will try for their first win as they host the Chicago Bears.