The Pittsburgh Steelers are now 7-5 after losing to the New Orleans Saints 35 -32. The game was not as close as the final score would suggest, as the Steelers picked up two touchdowns in the final minutes of the game after the Saints had the victory well in hand.
The Steelers continued to play sub-par football against sub-par teams. The fact that this was a Steelers home game makes it even more discouraging.
Let’s now take a look at the Good, the Bad & the Ugly of the game.
Running back Le’Veon Bell proved that he is well capable of handling the work load rushing 21 times for 95 yards, a 4.5 yard average and a touchdown. He also had 8 receptions for 159 receiving yards. Bell may be the most versatile running back in the NFL as he proves weekly he he can do it all.
Wide receiver Antonio Brown had 8 catches for 97 yards and two touchdowns to add to his great season.
Tight end Heath Miller had a good game catching 8 passes for 82 yards.
On defense linebacker Jason Worilds had 10 tackles and the Steelers only sack. Defensive end Cam Heyward also impressed during the game.
With all of the above being said, the Steelers just couldn’t get it done when they needed to and much of their success came after the Saints had the victory wrapped up. This was very much a case of too little too late.
The Steelers defense could not force a single turnover against a Saints team that has been prone to turning the ball over all season.
That combined with the fact they could not stop the run giving up 143 rushing yards on 26 attempts,opened up the Saints passing game. Quarterback Drew Brees passed for 5 touchdowns and wide receiver Kenny Stills chewed up the Steelers secondary for 5 catches,162 yards and a touchdown.
The Steelers defense was unable to pressure Brees most of the day and payed the price.
On offense quarterback Ben Rothlesberger did not have his best day throwing two costly interceptions and was off the mark for most of the first three quarters.
The Steelers as a team must step up their play considerably if they have any hopes to make the playoffs.
The ugly fact that the Steelers continue to lose to sub-par competition at home in games they desperately need to win is concerning to say the least.
The fact that they are consistently inconsistent as a team at this point in the season is unacceptable and players as well as coaches should be held responsible.They must step up in all areas.
The Steelers better change these ways in a hurry or changes will be made .
The Steelers can not afford to let another opportunity slip through their hands moving forward.