If there’s one thing that I hate even more than a Steelers loss, it’s writing about a Steelers loss at 1:30 in the morning. So I’m going to make this brief.
The Steelers lost 26-23 in a game that is going to leave them feeling embarrassed once they watch it on film.
The Steelers played badly on both sides of the ball. In fact, they played badly in all 3 phases of the game.
On offense, they couldn’t run the ball effectively. They accumulated only 56 yards rushing against a team that had been giving up 144 yards per game on the ground. And injuries to the offensive line certainly didn’t help. At one point, it looked like Heath Miller was going to have to line up as an offensive lineman.
And the wide receivers didn’t help much either. Neither Mike Wallace nor Antonio Brown seemed like they were interested in catching the ball. Sure, Mike Wallace had an 82 yard touchdown reception. But outside of that, he and Antonio Brown caught only 6 of 14 passes that were thrown to them.
On defense, the Steelers couldn’t stop anything. Ike Taylor and Keenan Lewis looked more like Abbott and Costello. Is it just me, or is Ike Taylor getting beat on just about every play this season?
And the run defense wasn’t much better. They allowed Chris Johnson to break out of his slump, just like they let Darren McFadden break out of his when they played the Oakland Raiders. Players who are not having a good season shouldn’t suddenly find their groove against the Steelers.
And of course we have to mention special teams. A blocked punt? Really???!!!!
Heck, even the coaches can take some heat for this one. Was a 54 yard field goal the right call when a miss would give the Titans good field position with almost a full minute to march down the field? I’m sure that Mike Tomlin is now rethinking that decision.
The Steelers are now 0-3 on the road. More importantly, they’ve lost to teams that have a combined record of 2-10 when they aren’t playing the Steelers. So let’s not kid ourselves into thinking that they’ve lost to the Ravens or the Patriots. They’re losing to bad teams.
There’s still time for the Steelers to turn things around. But with 3 losses to AFC opponents, and two games left to play against both the Ravens and the Bengals, the playoffs are going to be hard to make. Frankly, I don’t even care about the playoffs. I’d just like to see the Steelers make it through the season without any more major injuries.