The Miami Dolphins, widely regarded as the worst team in football, held a 14-0 lead over the Pittsburgh Steelers last night in the second quarter. The crowd at Heinz Field, the commentators on the Monday Night Football broadcast, the Steelers, and even probably the Dolphins, were all in shock at what they were witnessing. This is most certainly a down year for Pittsburgh, but on paper, they should have had no problems beating this Dolphins’ team.
After a terrible start, the Steelers got down to business, beating Miami by a 27-14 score to improve to 3-4 on the season.
Ryan Fitzpatrick connected on two touchdown passes, from 5 yards and 12 yards out respectively, to take a two score lead in the first quarter. Pittsburgh finally got things kicked into gear, though, scoring 10 points in the second quarter to cut the lead to 14-10 at halftime.
Chris Boswell’s 42 yard field goal got them on the board, and a 45 yard touchdown pass from Mason Rudolph to Diontae Johnson made it a 4 point game.
The Steelers took control in the 3rd quarter with two touchdowns. Rudolph’s second touchdown of the game hit JuJu Smith-Schuster for 26 yards to give Pittsburgh the lead, and a nine yard scoring run from James Conner made it 24-14. Boswell’s 41 yard field goal in the fourth quarter added some insurance, and the Steelers went on for the 27-14 victory.
This was looking as though it could be a horrible evening for the Steelers. They were lazy on defense, inefficient and sloppy on offense, and Rudolph looked very rusty taking snaps in a game in 22 days.
At the end of the day, though, they won the game, and live to play another day. At 3-4 on the season and two games back in the division, they still have a lot of work to do if they want to have a chance at the postseason.
As will be the case for the rest of the season, Pittsburgh has another huge game this weekend, as they face off against the Indianapolis Colts at Heinz Field. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:00pm.