The Pittsburgh Steelers won a barn burner shoot out with the Oakland Raiders 38 -35 with a field goal in the final seconds.
To call the game that wide receiver Antonio Brown had good is not doing the performance justice . Brown set a new Steelers’ record catching 17 passes for 284 yards. He also ran the ball twice for 22 yards giving him a total of 306 yards from scrimmage.
It was one of the greatest statistical performances by a wide receiver not only by a Steeler but in NFL history, as Brown displayed the ability to catch just about every type of throw in this one game. Just when you think Antonio Brown has peaked you find out he is just getting started! He is having another great season.
Running back DeAngelo Williams did a fine job filling in for Le’Veon Bell.
Williams had 27 carries for 170 yards and two touchdowns. He averaged 6.3 yards per carry.
Williams also caught two passes for 55 receiving yards.
The Steelers are very fortunate to have DeAngelo Williams as a quality back up plan.
The Steelers offense racked up 597 total offensive yards.
Let’s not forget back up quarterback Landry Jones came off the bench to put together a game winning drive. Jones completed 4 of 6 for 79 yards and a QB rating of 109.7.
Kicker Chris Boswell kicked the game winning field goal from 18 yards out.
The Steelers defense played a very physical game.
Defensive end Cam Heyward was once again the driving force of the defense. He collected 8 total tackles including one for a loss. In the secondary, Antwon Blake had 9 tackles, two pass defenses and forced a fumble.
Ross Cockrell had 2 tackles,2 pass defenses and an interception that stopped a scoring drive.
Safety Mike Mitchell played a very physical game, collecting 4 tackles and a forced fumble.
The Steelers defense did not have a sack but won the big play battle forcing 4 turnovers, 3 fumble recoveries and an interception.
The bottom line is the Steelers battled hard and in the end made more plays to win
The Steelers defense played well enough to win but that they gave up gave up 35 points in this game was a bad .
Mike Mitchell needs to stop celebrating before the whistle is blown . He forced a fumble and turned to celebrate the hit before realizing there was a fumble. Luckily the Steelers still recovered the ball.
Mitchell should know that a professional football player is to play until the whistle blows . There is no excuse for celebrating before the play is over.
On offense , as good as the offense played there was still multiple dropped passes by several different players. This can not continue.
The Steelers won the game but there is always room for improvement.
The Steelers once again must deal with a major player getting injured.
Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger left the game with a foot injury in the second half and did not return.
The ugly rash of injuries for the 2015 Steelers continues.