11.19.2007

Offensive Line and Special Teams Amount to Fatal Flaws

All of the Steelers weaknesses were on display and a few more shed light upon in the 19-16 overtime loss to the Jets. The offensive line allowed seven sacks and kept the Steelers' offense from being able to finish the game when the defense intercepted Kellen Clemens and later forced a turnover on downs. The defense couldn't finish tackles on running plays, allowing Thomas Jones to be the first back to eclipse 100 yards against them in two years.

Then, of course, there's the special teams. The entire strategy centered on avoiding Leon Washington by kicking short. When called upon to make one stop on a punt in overtime, the Steelers whiff on a few tackles and Washington races deep into Pittsburgh territory to set up the winning field goal.

A week after gaining the no. 2 seed in the AFC, the Steelers have surrendered it in humiliating fashion, falling flat once again on the road to an inferior opponent. The Jets were the first team this season to solve Ben Roethlisberger's ability to escape the rush that he's been inundated with all season. Willie Parker couldn't blame a sloppy Heinz Field for repeatedly slipping to the turf, likely explaining why Najeh Davenport saw a larger share of the carries and was more effective altogether.

Having now faltered on the road against Arizona, Denver and the Jets, any hope on beating New England in three weeks in Foxborough rests on having many glaring shortcomings addressed in a hurry.

5 comments:

peytonloveskenny said...

And Faneca is leaving after this year. Fanfuckingtastic.

quiet strength said...

Two more back home after this. The Colts look terrible. Bill Simmons says were good. Goddamit...how long until Ben turns into Dante/Donovan/McNair...

Anonymous said...

As a Jets fan that has lived in Pittsburgh all my life I would simply like to say THANK GOD. Everyone always talk about how great the Steelers are and yesterday we learned that they are just every other Steelers team. Get up for the big games and and think they are too good to lose to the not so good teams. Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha.

Joey Porter’s Pit Bulls said...

anonymous: The Jets played well on Sunday and deserved to win.

That makes them 3-16 vs. the Steelers. You must be proud.

Cotter said...

Sounds like Jet fan logic to me...