The Pittsburgh Steelers returned to the sector on Sunday once they performed the New England Patriots in Week 2 of standard season motion. The Steelers have been underdogs within the contest, however that does not imply each participant had a superb or dangerous efficiency.
Gamers who play properly could also be thought of ‘Winners’, whereas those that depart lots to be desired could also be known as ‘Losers’. It could sound harsh, however it’s the crux of this train.
Let’s examine to see who landed on which aspect of the ledger after the final sport…
Statistics line: 6 receptions, 57 yards, 9.5 common, 0 TD, 17 yards lengthy, 10 targets, 2-point conversion
On a day when there weren’t many winners on the offensive aspect of the ball, Diontae Johnson was a vivid spot. After getting the contract extension from him, Johnson has confirmed that he’s the street runner and all-around menace that many questioned when he bought the brand new contract from him. Johnson’s frustrations, particularly within the fourth quarter, have been very revealing, and he has proven that he’s a vivid spot on offense for 2 video games.
Statistics line: 4 catches, 22 yards, 5.5 common, 1 TD, 8 yards lengthy, 7 objectives
Getting into sophomore yr, many puzzled if Freiermuth would be capable of take the subsequent step and be the menace many thought he would or might be. It is solely been two video games, however there have been glimpses of Freiermuth not solely as a terrific pass-catching choice, but additionally as a much-improved blocker. Freiermuth was additionally displaying frustration with the offense, however Freiermuth has definitely been a vivid spot, and he was once more on Sunday in Week 2.
Statistics line: 15 carries, 49 yards, 3.3 common, 0 TDs, 8 yards lengthy / 5 receptions, 40 yards, 8.0 yards common, 0 TDs, 14 yards lengthy, 6 targets
Cannot say I blame Najee Harris for being rusty. In any case, she harm her foot within the first follow of coaching camp and performed sparingly within the preseason finale. He appeared rusty earlier than he left with an damage in Week 1, and it was good to see him begin to appear to be the participant followers liked in 2021. He is not a completed product but, however neither is the offense. Harris eliminated some rust on Sunday, and it was good to see.
Statistics line: 6 tackles, 2 solos, 1 go protection, 1 INT
Like defenders TJ Watt and Cam Heyward, Minkah Fitzpatrick might be on the winner’s record just about each week. Fitzpatrick once more made his presence felt with a key interception by Mac Jones within the first half of the sport. He now has interceptions within the first two video games of the season, and has confirmed to be the sort of do-it-all playmaker that the staff despatched a first-round decide to Miami in 2019. He continues to develop as among the finest safeties within the sport.
Statistics line: 21/33, 168 yards, 5.1 common, 1 TD, 1 INT, 3 sacks for 16 yards, 73.8 ranking
I perceive that this offense shouldn’t be a completed product, and there are issues throughout the board. Nonetheless, watching Trubisky run the offense is downright painful at occasions. Whether or not he does not throw the ball, stares at receivers or always throws off his again foot, he is simply not ok. I am not anticipating perfection, however I am anticipating greater than I’ve seen in two video games. If Trubisky needs to silence the “Kenny” chants, he can solely do it a method: play higher.
Statistics line: 1 run, 18 yards, 1 fumble
While you’re primarily a return man, whether or not it is kickoff or punt, you’ve one main job: not fumble the ball. Olszewski’s fumble was at a crucial level within the sport, throughout a foul sequence, and he arrange the Patriots’ second landing by giving them the ball contained in the pink zone. Sure, he had a superb jet-sweeping profession, however he does not come near negating the adverse sport.
Statistics line: 3 tackles, 3 solo, 1 go protection
Referring to the aforementioned sequence, the Patriots’ drive earlier than the punt to Olszewski, dealing with a Third-and-7, Jones threw a go that hit Sutton between the 2-and-0 on his jersey. And he dropped it. It was as easy a play as it may be, and on the time the followers thought, “Properly, at the least they need to punt.” Then the fumble occurred. If Sutton will get the interception, the entire sport modifications, and in favor of the Steelers. It’s important to make performs once they come up.
Statistics line: 2 tackles, 2 solos, 0 go defenses
The explanation Witherspoon is on the dropping record is because of the misinterpreted go that, as a substitute of being a go breakup, was a landing for the Patriots. Agholor’s landing did not really feel like a easy first-half landing. He felt worse. A part of that was within the closing minutes of the primary half, and the Patriots’ offense bought the ball to start out the second half, however the different half was how poorly the offense was taking part in. Even a landing deficit felt overwhelming at occasions. These errors with this offense really feel insurmountable.
Statistics line: 0 luggage
After a 7-sack sport, one by which TJ Watt solely had a kind of 7 sacks in opposition to the Cincinnati Bengals, you thought the protection would don’t have any drawback chasing the less-than-mobile Mac Jones. They have been solely in a position to muster 3 QB Hits and no sacks. The protection was solely lacking Watt, and everybody else could not get to Jones. And this made an enormous distinction within the consequence of the sport.
Lack of well timed performs
Statistics line: Not profitable within the “splash” division
Mike Tomlin typically talks about “splash” being essential to win video games. This may come on protection with turnovers and sacks. Offensively it is massive performs on the sector and scoring touchdowns, not discipline objectives. The Steelers did not fare properly sufficient on this class, on each side of the ball. Fitzpatrick’s interception was the protection’s solely splash play, and the offense was not often in a position to transfer the ball greater than 5 to 10 yards at a time. This has to alter if the Steelers wish to be thought of contenders and never suitors.
“key space” offense
Statistics line: 8 of 15 Third try / 1-2 Purple zone
The Steelers have been completely over .500 on third down offense, so a lot of you who learn this text each week are most likely questioning why they weren’t on the winner’s record. The issue was the fourth quarter once they didn’t convert on key third downs, equalizing on a particularly skewed time of possession stat within the second half. Add in that the Steelers’ pink zone stats are the identical, 1-for-2, for the second week in a row, and it is simply not ok.
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