In week 3, the Steelers lost to the Bears 23-17 in overtime to fall to 2-1. This was a game where they were heavily favored. The Steelers have a reputation for “playing down to the competition”. They are now 17-19 on the road against teams with losing records under Mike Tomlin. We’re now 3 weeks into the season and trends are starting to emerge that are not good.
If you haven’t seen the play of the Bears blocking the field goal at the end of the first half and Marcus Cooper recovering, but stopping short of the end zone, watch it now. I’ll wait. Now watch Leon Lett and Don Beebe from Super Bowl XXVII. This time the role of Don Beebe was played by Vance McDonald. Marcus Cooper should be ashamed of himself, as he nearly cost his team the game. Vance McDonald is a great example of why you should never give up on a play.
Eli Rogers/Special Teams
Special teams has been great the first 2 games – blocked punts, stopping fake punts. Yesterday, they were awful. Eli Rogers fumbled a punt to setup Chicago’s first score. Then there was the blocked field goal that should’ve led to a Chicago touchdown, but only resulted in a field goal.
I thought the defense was supposed to be a strength, especially the run defense. They allowed 220 yards and in the overtime period, let the Bears run it down their throats. Bears quarterback Mike Glennon was awful (as he usually is), plus the Bears had a makeshift offensive line. There was no excuse for the poor run defense.
Ben Roethlisberger/The offensive line/The offense
Okay it’s been 3 games. This isn’t a fluke anymore. This is the offense that’s supposed to score 30 points a game. So far this year the offense has scored 13.6 points per game. They look terrible too. The running game hasn’t been doing well at all. Why? Is it Le’Veon Bell being rusty? Is it the line? Ben Roethlisberger hasn’t been right this year. He’s not horrible, but he’s not as good as he’s been in previous years. Again, is it the offensive line? Is old age finally catching up to him?
So much for Martavis Bryant being such a difference maker. He caught 2 passes for 30 yards on 8 targets. Whether it was Bryant’s fault or Ben being off target, Bryant was a non factor yesterday.