Steeler Nation, the Steelers have now played their third preseason game losing 26-20 in a over-time to the Kansas City Chiefs.
The Steeler starters played the whole first half and looked pretty good most of it going up 10-0 after one quarter. The Chiefs, however, would come back and tie the game by halftime.
Let’s take a look at the Good, the Bad and the Ugly of the game.
The Good :
When talking about the good we have to begin with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Roethlisberger played the first two quarters going 13/19 166 yards and a touchdown . Roethlisberger had a quarterback rating of 113.0. Roethlisberger and his receiving core continue to show great chemistry and are defiantly a strength of the team this season. Wide Receivers Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders made some good plays in the game. Brown finished with 3 catches for 61 yards and Sanders had a nice grab of 24 yards and almost came down with a spectacular touchdown that was later over-ruled because he juggled it before going out of bounds.
Rookie Markus Wheaton continues to impress, he had 3 catches for 54 yards with a 34 yard touchdown. Wheaton is the real deal. Other good notes -although the offensive line did not play what I would call good, the first unit did make improvements and that’s a good sign. The Steelers Linebacker core as a whole also played well against the Chiefs. It’s going to be interesting to see what young, talented linebackers the Steelers decide to keep. Cornerback Cortez Allen also had a strong comeback and seems to be moving right along after recovering from knee surgery.
The Steelers” special teams continued to sputter. The Steelers had a field goal blocked and allowed a kick return go for a touchdown. These two plays arguably cost the Steelers the game. The Steelers had better figure something out quick. So far there has not been anything special about this unit.
The Ugliest part of this Steelers team continues to be lack of quality depth on the offensive line. The second and third units are dreadful. The Steelers need to strengthen this area soon and may have to look elsewhere after final cuts are made. It’s a long season and the Steelers must have better depth at this area to continue to compete at a high level.
The Steelers continue to make too many penalties at critical times. The Steelers were penalized 9 times for 98 yards. Good teams don’t make these kind of mental mistakes.