Winning ugly has become a theme for the Pittsburgh Steelers during the Mike Tomlin era. For whatever reason, Pittsburgh has played down to inferior opponents while he has been the head coach. With the talent on offense, and a highly ranked defense, the Steelers on paper should have had no problem with the Indianapolis Colts today. However, the games are not played on paper and Indianapolis gave Pittsburgh all they could handle, before the Steelers went on to a 20-17 victory.
After a scoreless first quarter, the Colts would jump out to a 7-0 lead early in the second quarter on a 60-yard touchdown pass from Jacoby Brissett to Donte Moncrief. Nine minutes later Adam Vinatieri would boot a 48-yard field goal to increase their lead to ten. Chris Boswell would finally put the Steelers on the board with thirty seconds left in the half on a 41-yard field goal.
Indianapolis would increase their lead to two touchdowns when Brissett hit Chester Rogers for a 61-yard touchdown pass over two minutes into the second half. That would be the last score for the Colts, as Pittsburgh would begin their comeback. Ben Roethlisberger would throw a 7-yard touchdown pass to JuJu Smith-Schuster, but a blocked extra point would have the Steelers down eight.
Roethlisberger would use his arm again in the fourth quarter for another 7-yard touchdown, when he connected with a wide-open Vance McDonald. After a timeout and a delay of game penalty, Pittsburgh would convert the two-point conversion to tie the game at 17-17. After a missed field goal earlier in the quarter, Boswell would come through on a 33-yard field goal as time expired to lead the Steelers to victory.
One would think that after a bye week that Pittsburgh would have come out of the gate on fire and ready to go, but the opposite happened. The loss of Joe Haden and Mike Mitchell could hurt the secondary for some time. Coaching and lack of execution seem to be what is preventing this team from firing on all cylinders. A short week is ahead of them, and they will welcome a very good Tennessee Titans team to Heinz Field on Thursday night. These games have produced a slew of injuries this year, so hopefully a healthy roster and win will lead the Steelers into a long weekend.
Overall Record: 7-2
Next Game: Thursday November 16 vs. Tennessee Titans 8:25pm NBC/NFL Network