Steeler Nation, the Pittsburgh Steelers have now played their fourth game of the 2014 season and now are 2-2 after a devastating loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27-24 in the final seconds of the game.
This was a game the Steelers should have won, but once again played down to their opponent and let a victory slip through their hands . Lets now take a look at the Good, the Bad, & the Ugly of the Steelers loss to the Buccaneers.
When you lose a game you should have easily won,it can be hard to see the good but the play of tight end Heath Miller can not be overlooked. Miller had a career high 10 catches in the game for 85 yards and a touchdown. Miller remains one of the most reliable and underrated players in the NFL.
QB Ben Roethlisberger and WR Antonio Brown once again had a good game and have developed a great chemistry together. Roethlisberger went 29-40 for 314 yards and 3 touchdowns with a QB rating of 120.2 . Brown caught 7 passes gaining 131 yards and had 2 touchdowns. Brown set a new NFL record with his 20th consecutive game with at least five receptions and 50-plus yards receiving.
With that being said, Roethlisberger and Brown also failed to make key plays that could of sealed the victory for the Steelers and both players had plays that helped contribute to the loss to the Buccaneers.
The Steelers continue to be schizophrenic as a team. The defense played a strong first half only to play a terrible second half. The offense shows glimpses of being a power house unit but then sputters and stalls at the most inopportune times.
Youth and inexperience are partly to blame but there has been way too many veteran mistakes. The bottom line is through the first quarter of the the season the Steelers have been inconsistent and underwhelming .
Head coach Mike Tomlin said after the game “The bottom line is that we are an undisciplined group. We are too highly penalized”. The Steelers had 13 penalties for 125 yards. That is not going to win many games especially with a young inexperienced team that can not afford major mistakes at every turn.
The Steelers are now averaging a whopping 11 penalties for 97 yards per game. This has got to change and the blame falls on both players and coaches.