In my preview of the Steelers- Chiefs game, I predicted the Steelers would respond to a week of turmoil and embarrassment with a strong game against the undefeated Chiefs in Kansas City. They did exactly that with a huge 19-13 win. The defense dominated at times and the offense…well…Let’s look at the winners and losers.
Talk about redemption! After causing a turnover on a punt and running the wrong route to cause an interception in the first half, Antonio Brown had the play of the game with a 51 yard touchdown on a tipped pass. He had 8 receptions on 10 targets for 155 yards and a touchdown.
Le’Veon Bell / Offensive Line
The Steelers scored 19 points, but they should’ve had more than that. The offensive line dominated at times with Le’Veon Bell rushing for 179 yards on 32 carries. The Steelers have run well the last 3 games against the Chiefs, but we haven’t seen the offensive line and the running game dominate much this year. Hopefully they follow this blueprint the rest of the season.
Defense in the First Half
When you give up SIX YARDS and one first down in a half, it doesn’t get any more dominating than that. To do that to a Chiefs’ offense that has been explosive and dominating all year, and on their home field, is amazing. Everything was working for the defense, Kareem Hunt was shut down and Alex Smith was constantly under pressure.
Nice to see you James! After barely playing all year, James Harrison had a huge sack on the Chiefs’ final drive to cause a 4th and 18 and seal the victory. This defense has a lot of talent, but they are young. Therefore, Harrison still needs to contribute to win.
Defense in the Second Half
As good as the defense was in the first half, it wasn’t so good in the second half. They gave up 245 yards in the second half, the biggest being a 57 yard touchdown to De’Anthony Thomas. They did come up big in the end with two big stops in the red zone and a stop on the Chiefs’ final drive.
Red Zone Offense
This is still a problem! They did score a touchdown in the red zone on a Le’Veon Bell run, but stalled on a drive that started on their own 1, but ended in a chip shot 24 yard field goal. The Steelers dominated the time of possession this game as they ran effectively, but they didn’t have many points to show for it and the Chiefs almost won. It should’ve never been that close.
Martavis Bryant had 2 receptions for 27 yards on 3 targets, which is okay. However, that’s still not enough for the guy that’s supposed to be their deep threat. Now there’s word that he requested a trade. Really? The guy that was suspended for a whole year and appears disinterested wants a trade? The Steelers need an effective Bryant for this offense to be effective, so hopefully they resolve this.
Lifelong Pittsburgh sports fan here.