Steeler Nation, the Steelers have played their fourth game of the 2013 season and come home from London after a 34 -27 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. The Steelers are now 0-4, heading into their bye week.
Lets take a look at the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of the game.
The Steelers have to be encouraged by the debut of rookie running back Le’Veon Bell. Bell rushed for 16 carries for 57 yards and 2 touchdowns along with 4 catches for 27 yards. These stats may not have been mind-blowing but did provide a spark to a running game that needed one. Bell provided 84 total yards and gave the Steelers their first rushing touchdowns of the season. His first touchdown run was a thing of beauty and showed the potential he has to be a great running back.
Tight end Heath Miller continues to work his way back and gets stronger with every game. Miller had 6 catches for 70 yards. His biggest play may have been the block he provided on Bell’s first touchdown run. Miller looks like he is back on track as one of the best all around tight ends of the game.
Wide receiver Antonio Brown continues to have a Pro Bowl like season catching 12 passes for 88 yards. Brown is the Steelers most consistent wide receiver.
The fact that QB Ben Roethlisberger completed 36 of 51 for 383 yards and a touchdown with 90.6 quarterback rating with the poor play of the offensive line was really amazing. Roethlisberger was harassed most of the game and not many quarterbacks could be that productive under such circumstances.
The Steelers offensive line play continues to be way below par. Left tackle Mike Adams had a terrible game allowing sacks and pressures on a regular basis. The Steelers line as a whole gave up 5 sacks and QB Ben Roethlisberger was pressured most of the game and if not for his elusiveness the sack total could of been much higher.
The Steelers defense missed a number of key tackles that led to big plays for the Vikings. Pro Football Focus reports that the Steelers missed a total of 17 tackles, that number is way too many and is not winning defensive play in the NFL.
The Steelers offense continues to turnover the ball in key situations(1 INT ,1 fumble) and the Steelers defense was once again without a turnover. Winning teams force turnovers and don’t commit them.
The offensive line is a disaster and now another one of their leaders may be out with guard Ramon Foster suffering a pec injury. Ben Roethlisberger is lucky to still be standing after taking the beating he has through four games. The left tackle position must improve with not many options in sight.
The Steelers continue to put themselves behind big on the score board early in games as once again they went down by ten before the end of the first quarter .The Steelers digging themselves a hole early puts extra pressure on all involved and forces the game plan to change on both offense and defense.
The Steelers turnover ratio is now -11 with the offense giving up the ball 11 times in four games and the defense has still not forced a single turnover this season. This stat must change.
The Steelers must look for answers during this bye and there are not many obvious options.