Steeler Nation , the Steelers came off their bye week to defeat the New York Jets 19-6. The Steelers now have their first victory of the 2013 season and the offense had zero turnovers while the defense caused a couple of turnovers.
Let’s take a look at the Good, the Bad & the Ugly of the game.
Let’s start off by saying that the Steelers finally getting a victory was a very good thing. A road victory against the Jets ended a four game losing streak and brought back the much welcomed taste of victory. A taste that many of these players had never experienced as a Pittsburgh Steeler. Now that the first win is in the books lets hope that this is the start of a winning streak.
The Steelers offense had no turnovers against the Jets and the Steelers defense had two take aways (two interceptions) for a turnover ratio of +2 for the day. That’s a good stat and usually spells victory.
Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown continued their stellar play .Roethlisberger completed 23 of 30 passes for 264 yards and 1 touchdown giving him a QB rating of 113.8. Roethlisberger’s touchdown was a 55 yard play-action pass to Emmanuel Sanders.
Roethlisberger played smart football and was on top of his game.
Antonio Brown had 9 catches for 86 yards and converted many key first downs. Brown is having his best season yet. He is now leading the NFL in receptions with 41.
Tight end Heath Miller gets stronger with each game. Miller had 6 catches for 84 yards and continues to be Roethlisberger’s go to guy . Its no coincidence that the Steelers offense has gotten considerably better since Miller’s return.
Let’s not over look the consistent play of kicker Shaun Suisham . Suisham has been so automatic over the past season and through five games this season that its easy to take him for granted. Suisham made four of four field goals (46) (33) (48) (32) and is perfect for the season with 10 straight made without a miss.
The Steelers defense as a whole played well and got back to playing hard hitting , smash mouth football. Tackling was much better than in past games and the Steelers got two key turnovers both interceptions in the red zone .The first interception was by Ryan Clark at the goal line and the other by Lawrence Timmons at the three yard line as the Jets were driving late in the 4th quarter.The defense also put pressure on the quarterback sacking Geno Smith three times ,with LaMarr Woodley, Ziggy Hood,and Jason Worilds collecting a sack each.
The big thing was the Steelers defense got it’s swagger back and played good team defense. Those are steps in the right direction to becoming a winning defense.
The Steelers offensive line although showing improvement still was unable to create much running room for the Steelers runners. Le’Veon Bell ran 16 times for 34 yards and a 2.1 yard average. The team as a whole rushed 26 times for only 73 yards and a 2.8 yard average. That effort may have been good enough in Sunday’s game but will not win many games against good teams.
The Steelers lack of quality depth on the offensive line continues to be a problem. The line is just one injury away from getting even uglier. Newcomer left tackle Levi Brown was injured in team warm ups and unable to go at game time and the injury may be serious.
This already suspect offensive line can not afford for anyone to go down with injury and continues to be on shaky ground in pass protection and in the running game. Lets hope that improvement comes soon and everyone stays healthy.