Despite a 7-2 record and occupying a comfortable lead in the AFC North division, the Pittsburgh Steelers have yet to click offensively. Tonight, though, the two stars of their passing attack – Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown – took over the game, connecting for three touchdowns as the Steelers beat the Tennessee Titans 40-17 at Heinz Field.
The Steelers marched down the field easily on their opening drive, highlighted by a 42 yard touchdown connection between Roethlisberger and Brown to make it an early 7-0 game.
The Titans, on the other hand, turned the ball over on their first possession, as Marcus Mariota overthrew a ball on third down, and Mike Hilton picked up his second interception of the season. While the Titans’ defense kept the Steelers out of the end zone, a Chris Boswell field goal made it 10-0 early.
Tennessee responded with a solid drive, capped off by a touchdown run by Mariota, cutting the Steelers lead to 10-7. After a nice drive by the Titans on their next drive, Ryan Succop’s field goal attempt was blocked by T.J. Watt, and the Steelers took over with 11 minutes left in the quarter.
Another promising drive from the Titans was interrupted by a bad pass from Mariota, as Coty Sensabaugh returned the pick back to the Tennessee 20 yard line. Pittsburgh failed to punch it into the end zone, but a Boswell field goal pushed the lead to 13-7. A 50 yard field goal with 18 second left in the half by Boswell extended the lead to 16-7.
A 75 yard touchdown pass from Mariota to Rishard Matthews to open the third quarter cut the lead to 16-14 in the blink of an eye. But Roethlisberger & Co. answered on their next drive, as Brown scored his second touchdown of the game to increase the lead to nine points once again.
A 44 yard field goal from Succop brought the Titans back within a touchdown at 23-17, but once again, the Steelers answered right back – a 75 yard drive capped off by a one yard touchdown reception by Jesse James. On their next drive, Ben and Antonio connected for their third score of the game, this time from 10 yards out, making it 37-17. They added another field goal late to make it 40-17, which would be the final score.
This was the breakout game that Steelers fans have been waiting for all season. The talent and potential of this team is incredibly high, and tonight we saw just what they are capable of if they start clicking. They are now 8-2 on the year and can hopefully continue to build on their consistent play as they head into the final stretch of the regular season.
Overall Record: 8-2
Next Game: Sunday November 26 vs. Green Bay Packers 8:30pm NBC