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Pittsburgh Steelers Lose to Minnesota Vikings 34-27, Recap


 

I figured that the Steelers would come out flat in today’s game versus the Vikings, and they did nothing to prove me wrong.

Minnesota’s offense showed up to play “football” this afternoon Pittsburgh’s defense showed up to play “grabass,” and that is exactly what Pittsburgh’s defenders did when they tried to tackle opposing players this afternoon.

Pittsburgh’s defensive players missed exorbitant amounts of tackles and took poor angles on Minnesota’s two long touchdowns in the first half, and their mistakes really set the tone for the rest of the game.  Greg Jennings’ catch and run of 70 yards illustrated how pathetic Pittsburgh’s defensive backs were, while Peterson’s jaunt of 60 yards made Lawrence Timmons, LaMarr Woodley, Ike Taylor, and Ryan Clark look like the fools they are.  Clark of course took a horrible angle on the play, and that is just customary at this point.

Down 20-10 at halftime, the Steelers’ offense pulled within 20-17 after Le’Veon Bell scored his second rushing touchdown.  The rookie rushed for 57 yards and looks talented enough to earn a bulk of the carries during the rest of the 2013 regular season.  Sadly, the defense leaked like a sieve, did not force turnovers, could not stop the run, and did not put adequate pressure on Matt Cassel.

Minnesota scored two touchdowns (another Jennings catch and another Peterson run) in the span of two minutes after Bell cut the lead to three, and Pittsburgh was left playing catch-up the rest of the way.  Overall, the Steelers’ defense allowed 140 yards on the ground to Peterson and another 248 to Cassel (16/25 on the day) through the air.

To his credit, Ben Roethlisberger almost brought his team back from the abyss, and did so with one of the most make-shift and pathetic offensive lines in professional football in front of him.  Harassed all afternoon long, Roethlisberger was sacked inside Minnesota’s 10 yard-line with less than 20 seconds to go after he helped to close the game to within 34-27.

 

Final Thoughts

This game disgusted me on so many levels.  From Mike Adams’ pathetic play on the blind-side, to the lack of defense put on display Pittsburgh’s supposedly vaunted unit, to the totals of zero turnovers and one sack, to the fact that Ben Roethlisberger ran for his life almost every time he dropped back to pass, the fact that he was careless with the football, etc..

Like it or not, this team deserves to be 0-4.  I hope some drastic changes are made during the upcoming bye week.  Otherwise, the Steelers will be finishing this season with at least 12 losses.

 

 

 

 

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Tags: Adrian Peterson Ben Roethlisberger Dick Lebeau Greg Jennings Matt Cassel Mike Tomlin Minnesota Vikings Pittsburgh Steelers

  • bk

    How does that strategy to fly over at the last minute look now Tomlin? Here is what TOmlin needs to do…whatever he thinks he should do.. do the opposite… Or just stand there devoid of emotion with a smirk or scowl on your face… knowing you are stealing from the organization that employes you…
    IDK what they are paying you, but, it is way too much…

  • scott sinclair

    They’re done. However, being the Steelers, they won’t do anything drastic, they’ll stay the course, be the steady Steelers and finish 5-11 or 4-12. Colbert should be gone followed by Haley. LeBeau should be fired ASAP I don’t care how old he is or how long he’s been there and Tomlin should be canned by the end of the year. But they won’t do that.Tomlin knows his job is safe thanks to the Rooney’s and their ‘steadiness’.

    • Dom DiTolla

      Haley will be made a scapegoat even though Tomlin and LeBeau deserve to go just as much as him. Why LeBeau and the defense are receiving free passes for zero turnovers, inconsistent pocket collapse, and allowing Matt Cassel to hang 34 on them is a joke.

      I wouldn’t trust Mike Tomlin to run a lemonade stand at a local mall, let alone a professional football team.

  • Rob Rossi Jr.

    That Steadiness that you are referring to is why the Steelers are the only team in the NFL with 6 SB Rings, because they dont cave to Armchair QB and Bitchy fans and worse then that listen to media garbage like this, I am not saying that the steelers don’t have problems but some of the stuff you say is nothing but garbage and worth less then the cost of the bandwith your company pays to put it on the Web.

    • Dom DiTolla

      Aww, that’s so cute. I will say that Pittsburgh’s brass don’t have to listen to me or anybody else.

      They can just replay the game to see how their defense let Matt Cassel pick them apart, Adrian Peterson run them over, and Jerome Simpson have their way with the secondary while nobody forced turnovers or collapsed the pocket with any consistency.

      Oh, and did I mention that Cassel had not started all season long but put up 34 points in only three quarters? I would go into the piss-poor tackling, but that would take entirely too long.

      They can also see that Mike Adams has as much business playing left tackle at the NFL level as I do, and that the offensive line is in shambles.

      Anyway, thanks for commenting :)