What a difference a week makes!The Pittsburgh Steelers corrected a lot of the mistakes they made in week one as they defeated the San Fransico 49ers 43 to 18.
The offense cashed in on their red zone opportunities with touchdowns and the defense’s communication was good as they held the 49ers in check for most of the game.
Let’s now take a look at the Good, the Bad & the Ugly of the Steelers vs. the 49ers…
When talking about the good, you must start with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger . Roethlisberger completed 21 of 27 passes for 369 yards and three touchdowns and had a quarterback rating of 155.8.
Roethlisberger is at the top of his game and playing at an elite level.
Speaking of elite,WR Antonio Brown keeps proving he is the best wide receiver in the NFL. Brown collected 9 catches for 195 yards and a touchdown.He also had a catch for a two point conversion.
Wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey provided a deep threat with 4 catches for 77 yards and a 35 yard touchdown catch.
In the running game, running back DeAngelo Williams ran 20 times for 77 yards and 3 touchdowns. He also had 4 catches for 15 yards.
Williams has done a great job filling in as the starting running back these first couple of weeks.
The Steelers offensive line played another good game and deserves a great deal of the credit for the offense’s success. They kept Roethlisberger clean all day and did not allow a single sack.
The offense was 5 for 5 in red zone scoring.
The defense played in a bend but don’t break mode for most of the game and made plenty of plays.
2nd year linebacker Ryan Shazier came through big time collecting 15 tackles including a sack , a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
Shazier is proving to be everything and more that the Steelers expected when they took him in the first round in 2014.
The Steeler’s defensive line dominated the line of scrimmage all day stopping the 49ers run game and helping the Steelers defense collect 5 sacks.DE Cam Heyward had a very good game. He had 6 tackles including a sack. Heyward has really step up to a leadership role on this defense.
DE Stephon Tuitt had 4 tackles and 1.5 sacks. He also had 2 QB pressures.
Steelers punter Jordan Berry boomed a 62 yard punt with the Steelers backed up in their own end zone. He averaged 47.3 yards on 3 punts and had two downed inside the opponents 20 yard line. Berry has been a pleasant surprise and seems to come up with the big punts when needed.
Overall, the Steelers played great offense and the defense was much improved playing physical and making some big plays.
Kick Josh Scobee missed his first extra point attempt at Heinz field.
This after missing his first two field goals last week.
Scobee has been known as an accurate kicker most of his career but has yet to show that consistently with the Steelers. Whatever the problem is, let’s hope he and the Steelers get it solved sooner than later.
The Steelers defense showed improvement but still gave up 335 passing yards and let QB Colin Kaepernick complete 33 of 46 passes. The Steelers secondary must do better than this in the future for the defense to take the next step.
Although there was not much ugly about a 43 to 18 Steelers victory,that the Steelers defense has yet to register its first interception through the first two games is beginning to get ugly.
Considering the time and effort the Steelers spent in training camp focusing on getting more interceptions, It’s disappointing that so far those efforts have not produced results.
The Steelers need a play-maker or two to step up in their secondary.
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