On Sunday, the Pittsburgh Steelers proved they are a stronger team than what they have produced previously this 2013 season. An exhale hits Pittsburgh as they show a sign of life after their worst start in 45 years. Yesterday the Steelers were winners but they understand that the win in East Rutherford has to be the first of many.
Head coach Mike Tomlin’s post game comments: “It’s a significant win for us to get that started for 2013. I told the guys in the locker room there was nothing mystical about it. We maintained possession of the football and we got the football. In particular we got the football in the red area and that took points off the board. That was significant. Big splash plays defensively; maintained possession of the ball offensively. Hung together in the midst of the natural adversity football games present. Hopefully this is a springboard of things to come. That is going to be our intention as we look at this like we looked at the other four before it with the sole purpose of getting better for our next opportunity. We look forward to getting home and playing winning football in front of our fans. We’ve got a lot of work to do in order to make that occur. We look forward to getting back to work. It’s a good feeling, not like you won the lottery, but it’s still a good feeling nonetheless.”
The Steelers defense showed some continuity in Sunday’s win over the Jets, holding Geno Smith and the offense to just six points and 267 yards. For the first time in the 2013 season, the Steelers forced a turnover. Safety Ryan Clark and linebacker Lawrence Timmons both intercepted Smith in the second half. The defense finally made some “slash plays” as Mike Tomlin likes to say.
On the offensive side of the ball, points were few and far between at times after being shut out in the first quarter. In the second, the Steelers called upon Shaun Suisham for three field goals in which he cashed in on all of them. In the second half, things picked up as Ben Roethlisberger found wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders on a 55-yard play-action pass for a touchdown. The offensive line settled down in the second half and kept Roethlisberger up for the most part. Left tackle Kelvin Beachum answered his call of duty.
Coach Tomlin told the media that two players may have suffered serious injuries. Tackle Levi Brown (triceps) and tight end David Johnson (hand/wrist) will be looked at for further evaluation
Tomlin also enlightened the press by saying defensive end Brett Keisel (ribs) should be able to play next week but will probably be limited over the course of the week.
Next week, the Baltimore Raven are coming to town after suffering a loss from the Green Bay Packers. The Ravens, just like the Steelers, are hungry for a victory.