After an abysmal 3-game losing streak, the Steelers finally bounced back in Week 16. They finished off the Colts 28-24 with a 21-0 scoring run to win the AFC North this weekend.
Steelers offense is struggling
The Steelers scored just 7-points in the 1st half. NFL analysts and fans are starting to wonder why the Steelers offense cannot get off to good starts. Pittsburgh stunk it up in Cincinnati last week on Monday Night Football until late and their Week 16 performance wasn't much different. However, these spurts where the Steelers get 20-30 yard completions seem to rattle opponents. Despite the margin on the scoreboard, when a team can effectively render big plays, they'll likely win a lot of games. The 11-0 start by the Steelers was mainly due to their big-play ability.
Today, the Steelers had two long TD pass plays. (1) to WR JuJu Smith-Schuster for a 25-yard TD and a (2) 39-yard TD pass to WR Diontae Johnson. QB Ben Rothlisbeger finally caught a solid rhythm finishing the game 34-49 for 3 TD's and 342 yards.
Steelers Defense shows life
Halting a 3rd qtr Red-Zone drive by QB Phillip Rivers and the Indianapolis Colts brought much momentum to the Steelers. The Steelers defense allowed no 2nd half TD's and will lilkely experience spurts of effectiveness on defense with the bitter cold. T.J Watt featured 2 sacks on the evening and Mike Hilton grabbed an INT. When the Steelers offense score the defense plays more aggressively. The AFC North is now clinched. Good job Mike Tomlin.