The Pittsburgh Steelers kicked off the 2015 NFL season Thursday night with a 28-21 loss tho the New England Patriots.
The Steelers were able to move the football most of the night but too often came up short putting points on board.
Let’s now take a look at the Good, the Bad & the Ugly of the game…
The Steeler ran the ball well most of the night and running back DeAngelo Williams debut as a Steeler was a good one. Williams carried the ball 21 times for 127 yards and averaged 6 yards a carry. He also had 1 catch for 5 yards.
Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger completed 26 of 38 passes for 351 yards and a touchdown. He also had one interception. Roethlisberger had a passers rating of 95.4.
The Steelers leading receiver was once again Antonio Brown. Brown picked up where he left off last season,collecting 9 catches for 133 yards and a touchdown.
Tight end Heath Miller just keeps on going , he had 8 catches for 84 yards.
On defense linebacker Ryan Shazier had 7 tackles with two for losses. Shazier looks to be coming along well in his second season.
Safety Will Allen had 8 tackles including a sack.
Overall the Steelers played well enough to win, but could not cash in on scoring opportunities when it counted on offense and did not come up with enough big plays on defense.
Kicker Josh Scobee missed his first two field goal attempts and went 2 of 4 for the game. He has to do better than that in the future or the Steelers will again be looking for a kicker.
The Steelers pass defense left a lot to be desired at one point allowing 19 straight pass completions.
QB Tom Brady carved up the Steelers defense most of the night.
The Steelers defense also missed way too many tackles.
The defense must step up a level to play winning football.
The Steelers defense once again did not force a turnover. The lack of big plays on defense is beginning to become a concern.
Also Leaving Patriot Tight End Rob Gronkowski wide open and uncovered is inexcusable .
The Steelers offense’s inability to cash in on scoring opportunities when it counted can not continue. This is supposed to be a high-powered offense but only scored two touchdowns.
The fact that the Steelers had headset problems at Gillette Stadium is very ugly… Is this just another coincidence? Or were the Patriots up to their old shenanigans?