For the past three and a half weeks, the Steelers have looked like a team that forgot to play football, but something seems to have changed at halftime on Sunday, as the team that came out in the second half against the Golds looked like the Steelers who started the season 11-0.
Based on how the Steelers have been playing offense over the past few weeks, the idea of Pittsburgh tackling a 24-7 deficit in the third quarter seemed unlikely, but this is what happened in a wild game that ended with the Steelers beating AFC North 28-24.
Ben Rothlisberger should have worked on whatever he said at half-time because after almost a month of struggle, the offense finally played a good football in the second half.
What has been a plate on Big Ben for the past few weeks is that he has not been able to throw an accurate deep ball. It was also one of several issues that seemed to fix itself in the second half against the Golds, and there is no better evidence for this than the 39-yard touchdown pass to Dionde Johnson, where Rothlisberger threw a perfect ball that flew 47 yards in the air.
Rothlisberger lifted himself with another deep touchdown in the second half. This time, the 25-yard scoring pass went to Juju Smith-Schuster, and the ball traveled about 35 yards in the air.
The throw for Smith-Schuster came within eight minutes of play and was able to give Pittsburgh the winning points. It was Rothlisberger’s third touchdown pass in a performance, where he completed 34 of 49 passes for 342 yards.
When working the deep ball for Rothlisburg, it is almost impossible to stop the offense. For the past few weeks, all the opposing defense has to do is focus on the narrow crossroads. If you can stop them, you can stop the Steelers offense. However, this is not the case when working deep ball. If the Steelers could ride this speed in the playoffs, they could become Super Bowl competitors, they all thought five weeks ago.
Speaking of playoffs, the Steelers are going to make some interesting decisions to go into the 17th week, especially as the division has already been captured. On the one hand, if Mike Tomlin decides to rest for his starting players, you can’t really blame him because there are a lot of players on this team who could use a weekend off after a season where the Steelers bag was interrupted due to Govt. On the other hand, with the crime finally committed, giving them a weekend off and coming out rusty in the wild-card round would not be dangerous.
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Tampa Bay 47-7 Over Detroit (Saturday)
San Francisco 20-12 over Arizona (Saturday)
Miami 26-25 (Saturday) in Las Vegas
Kansas City 17-14 over Atlanta
Chicago 41-17 over Jacksonville
Cincinnati 37-31 Houston
Pittsburgh 28-24 over Indianapolis
Brian Tiardo’s Golds-Steelers Standards (Like the standards? Do you hate the standards? Let him know on Twitter.)
Baltimore 27-13 on NY Giants
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NY Jets 23-16 over Cleveland
Josh Edwards’ Browns-Jets Standards (Like the standards? Do you hate the standards? Let him know on Twitter.)
La Chargers 19-16 on Denver
Dallas 37-17 more than Philadelphia
Patrick Walker Eagles-Cowboys Standards (Like the standards? Do you hate the standards? Let him know on Twitter.)
20-9 in Seattle over LA Rams
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Carolina 20-13 over Washington
Panthers-Washington Standards by Jordan Tajani (Do you like standards? Do you hate standards? Let him know on Twitter.)