Is it my imagination, or do the Steelers have an annoying tendency to play down to the level of their competition? That’s certainly what it seemed like as the Steelers struggled to beat the Kansas City Chiefs 13-9.
Going into the game, I thought the Steelers would dominate the lowly Kansas City Chiefs. But instead, they treated us to a game in which they had a hard time moving the ball, and barely beat an opponent who didn’t belong in the same stadium as the Steelers.
Frankly, if Chiefs’ quarterback Tyler Palko had played a little better, the Chiefs might have actually won the game.
Palko grew up cheering for the Steelers, before he went on to play his college ball at Pitt. So perhaps he still had some latent allegiance to Pittsburgh.
Whatever the reason for his poor play, Palko’s 3 interceptions helped seal a win by the Steelers. The interception that Palko threw to Ike Taylor resulted in a Steelers field goal, and his interception pass to Ryan Mundy resulted in a Steelers touchdown. So 10 of the Steelers’ 13 points came off of Palko turnovers.
On the Steelers side of the ball, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had a good game despite the offense’s struggles to move the ball. Big Ben could have had an even better game if Mike Wallace had held onto several noticeable drops; one in the end zone.
Roethlisberger threw well despite playing with a splint on his broken thumb. Big Ben completed passes to 9 different receivers, including a touchdown pass to backup tight end Weslye Saunders.
While it’s not an excuse for the team’s struggles, the Steelers weren’t at full strength during the game. LaMarr Woodley is still nursing his hamstring injury, and didn’t play in the game. Troy Polamalu was injured early in the game, and missed most of the game with concussion-like symptons. And Maurkice Pouncey was fighting a virus and had to leave the game in the first half (he never returned to the game).
The win helped the Steelers stay tied with the Baltimore Ravens atop the AFC North. The Ravens have an advantage in the tie-breaker since they swept the Steelers this season. So if the two teams remain tied, the Ravens would actually win the division.
Today’s featured item:
The weather is turning cold, and Steelers fans need to keep their heads warm as they cheer for the Black & Gold. Why not wear the same hat that the Steelers’ coaches will be wearing on the sidelines during the cold winter months?