“It doesn’t get any better than this”…. That’s what I led with on Friday going into the game… Well, it doesn’t get much worse than what I saw on Sunday night. Awful performance by the Steelers, in a 20-10 lost to the Saints.
On a Halloween night in which patrons jammed the Superdome dressed in costumes to set a world record (17,777 total in costume), the offense of the Steelers failed to almost dress at all. Unable to establish a running or passing game early, they looked out of sorts most of the night leading to one very frustrated blogger today.
“It was a tough environment for us tonight,” coach Mike Tomlin said, implying that his team did not handle the crowd noise very well.. We looked ill prepared no doubt.
Game low lights
- I question Tomlin and staff’s decision making on plenty… 1) Went for it on fourth-and-4 at the 40 in the 3rd, but Roethlisberger’s pass on the right for Sanders was broken up. Their decision to go on fourth down gavethe Saints good field position to start their next drive, and they took advantage of it to score the first touchdown. 2) GOAL-LINE GAFFES: After replay overturned a 12-yard TD pass to Antwaan Randle El, the Steelers failed to score on three running plays from the Saints’ 1, losing 2 yards in the process and settling for a fg. This failure to score on three running plays from the 1 has brought down an avalanche of criticism, much of it falling to offensive coordinator Bruce Arians. How bout a QB sneak Arians? HOLY TOLEDO! We have a 6’5, 250 lb QB who can get one yard… 3) Tomlin should have challenged Mendenhall’s carry seen in blog pic on the goal line as it did provide enough evidence that he got the ball over I thought. Worth a shot for sure…
- Thumbs down to Roethlisberger had only 93 yards passing through three quarters…. Ben did not look sharp or in command of the offense.
- The offense never got into any kind of rhythm, whether because of the crowd noise or the Saints pressure. And they didn’t attack deep to WR Mike Wallace, not even once. The Saints weren’t going to let Wallace run past them for a big play, not after he had five catches of 41 yards or longer in the first six games. But, even though they played a lot of two-deep zone to prevent the big play, the Steelers never even tried to attack deep, even though the Saints were playing without their two starting corners.
- Jeff Reed kicked a 19-yard field goal, but missed a 51 yarder near the end of the first half that was huge. Someone tell me the last time he hit a big kick? Please let me KNOW! No wind, no weather, in a dome, he is paid to hit 51 yarders in that environment. I’ve grown tired on this and on a team that is a top Super Bowl contender, that is unacceptable and I’d bring in kickers to compete and send a message at very least. Gary Anderson?
We lick our wounds, like a dog named Tux , for a day, then we move on….. The Saints are the defending champs and probably a playoff team, but that was not the Steelers best effort or execution clearly.
Next up: @ CINCINNATI BENGALS (2-5), 5:30 PM (pacific time) ON MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL.
Preview on Friday.
About the Author
Written by Chris Palisin
My Bachelor's Degree is in Kinesiology from Penn State, and I have been involved in fitness, athletics, sports, and coaching all my life. Recently, I discovered a new passion in life, covering and writing about sports. I am confident I can offer an unique and interesting take on sports with my experience, particularly the NFL and for Steeler Nation this year. My hope is you enjoy and respect my opinion.... Enjoy the journey!