Steeler Nation , The Steelers have now played their 3rd regular season game of the 2013 season and second home game losing to the Chicago Bears 40 to 23. Turnovers once again plagued the Steelers offense.
Lets take a look at the Good,the Bad ,and the Ugly of the game.
The Good :
The return of tight end Heath Miller after last year’s knee injury was great news and a welcomed sight Sunday night. Miller looked good considering the long layoff. He finished the game with 3 catches for 35 yards and contributed in the run game. Expect Miller to only get better as he shakes of the rust over the next couple of games.
Safety Troy Polamalu seems to be back to his Pro Bowl caliber. Over the first three games Polamalu has shown he has plenty left in the tank and is still plenty fast. Polamalu’s all out effort late in the game to block an extra point after the Bears had sealed the game is a tribute to the fact that he gives 110% no matter the circumstances.
Wide Receiver Antonio Brown had a great game finishing with 9 catches for 196 yards and two very good touchdown catches. Brown needed a good game after all of the talk about week two’s rift with offensive coordinator Todd Haley. Whether or not the rift really was anything or not Brown proved that he is a play-maker and has reason to want the ball.
The Steelers offense continues to turn over the ball with 5 turnovers in all( 3 fumbles and two interceptions).
The turnovers played a huge part in the Steelers being down 17 points by the end of the first quarter. Ben Roethlisberger and the offense must be more careful with the ball to have a chance to win, 5 turnovers will not win many ball games no matter the opponent and is unacceptable .
The defenses lack of creating turnovers is also a big concern. The Steelers defense needs more big plays to help this sputtering offense.
The Steelers offensive tackles must step up their play as both right and left tackles have played below par so far this season especially in the passing game.
This three game losing streak has been one of the ugliest streaks in recent history. The offensive line has played way below the line. The offensive play calling has had little flow to it and the Steelers offense continued to make costly turnovers in the game against the Bears ( 3 fumbles and two interceptions). . The defense has played well enough to win but still has failed to produce any turnovers or make the big plays of a dominate defense. Worst of all the Steelers are starting to take on the persona of a losing team. The Steelers need to turn this around and fast. If things don’t change soon there will be changes on the horizon.