Steeler Nation , The Steelers are now 7-8 after a wild and crazy 38-31 victory over the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field to help keep their playoff hopes alive. Let’s take a look at the Good ,the Bad & the Ugly of the game…
Running back Le’Veon Bell had his break out game rushing 26 times for 124 yards and a touchdown. Bell averaged 4.8 yards a carry and was a major factor in the victory. Bell continues to prove the Steelers made the right choice when they chose him in the 2013 draft.
Wide receiver Antonio Brown had another big game catching 6 passes for 105 yards. Brown also set a new Steelers receiving record for most yards in a single season with 1412 yards for the 2013 season so far. Brown is an elite NFL receiver.
Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had a good game despite not putting up huge stats, passing for 2 touchdowns and running for another. Roethlisberger has really came on strong over the past couple of months showing great leadership and ability.
On defense Troy Polamalu continues to make big plays despite his critics. Polamalu came up with a key forced fumble when he stripped Packer QB Matt Flynn with 1:55 left in the game setting up the Steelers winning touchdown. Brett Keisel recovered the fumble and had a key sack late in the game. Keisel showed great toughness playing through his foot injury.
Lawrence Timmons was once again a force on the inside with 10 tackles and a sack. Timmons may be the most consistent defensive player the Steelers have had this season.
Cornerback Cortez Allen intercepted Flynn for a pick six. Allen has shown signs of being more comfortable in the defense and should be a key part of it in the future.
Punter Mat McBriar completed a nice 30-yard pass on a fake punt that was a big factor in switching the momentum of the game. McBriar also had three punts downed inside the 20 keeping the Packers pinned deep when field position was critical.
The Steelers special teams almost let the Packers back in the game in the last minute giving up a 70 yard kick return. Luckily the Steelers defense was able to hold off a last second drive by the Packers to hold on to the victory.
The Steelers offense was only 2 of 10 on third down efficiency that’s only a lowly 20% and well below the line.
Lets start off with the bad officiating . The bad call on the Steelers blocked field goal was about as ugly as it gets. How could the refs not know that the Steelers had established possession and why in the world is that not able to be reviewed ?
Officiating in the NFL seems to be below par more and more every week and its a part of the game that needs a serious overhaul before it damages the game’s integrity .
The fact that the Steelers are so close but yet so far away from making the playoffs is an ugly fact that leaves us with nothing left to do but cross our fingers and hope for the best.