Steeler Nation, the Steelers continued their losing ways, losing to the Patriots 55 -31 .The loss was a continuing trend of starting slow and ending badly . Lets take a look at the Good, the Bad and the Ugly of the game.
Anytime you lose by 24 points and give up 55 points there is not much good to be had. The play of DE Cameron Heyward continued to be on the upside. Heyward collected his first sack of the season and two quarterback hurries. Heyward has excelled since become a starter. He continues to be a bright spot in an otherwise dismal season.
WR Jerricho Cotchery had 7 catches for 97 yards and three touchdowns. Cotchery has been clutch in the last few games and one of the Steelers most reliable pass catchers.
Where to begin? Lets start with the defense. The Steelers defense gave up 610 yards of offense and 55 points to the Patriots. The Steelers secondary played a horrible game giving up 100 or more yards to three different receivers . QB Tom Brady had his way with the Steelers defense most of the game and there was more than a couple of blown coverages . The safety play of the Steelers must improve and show more discipline .
Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers offense gave the ball away three times and this is totally unacceptable . A team in the Steelers position has zero margin for error and the Steelers have continued to fail in this area.
The Steelers as a team continue to make bad decisions at critical stages of games . The Steelers players and coaches have failed in this area most of the year and must take responsibility and make changes for the better.
The slow start , the bad finish, the turnovers, a questionable defensive performance and the fact that this has become the identity of the 2013 Pittsburgh Steelers has made for a very ugly season thus far.
The Steelers are now 2-6 at the half-way point. Now we will see what players have the heart to step up or the heart to give up. The Steelers need to show some signs of life over these next eight games or the changes at the end of the season will be many.