It is never easy for the Pittsburgh Steelers. That is a mantra fans have come to love and hate over the years and this season has been no different. After two rough weeks where they managed to go 1-1, Pittsburgh would hit the road against the Las Vegas Raiders in week three and pull out a 23-18 victory the hard way.
Las Vegas would start the scoring with 7:10 left in the first quarter when Jimmy Garoppolo found Davante Adams for a 32-yard touchdown pass. The Steelers would answer less than a minute later with a 72-yard touchdown pass from Kenny Pickett to Calvin Austin III. A pair of Chris Boswell field goals from 43 and 42 yards out in the second quarter gave the Steelers a 13-7 lead at the half.
Boswell would connect for his third field goal of the game, from 57 yards, to put the road team up 16-7 with 9:33 remaining in the third quarter. A 13-yard touchdown pass from Pickett to Pat Freiermuth would give Pittsburgh a sixteen-point lead heading into the fourth quarter. The Raiders would get a second touchdown pass from Garoppolo to Adams, with a two-point conversion, and a 26-yard field goal from Daniel Carlson in the fourth, but it would be too little to late for Las Vegas.
Garoppolo threw for 324 yards to Pickett’s 235, but the Raiders quarterback would also throw three interceptions that led to his team’s downfall on Sunday night. Najee Harris led all rushers with 65 yards on 19 carries. Adams would have 172 yards receiving to lead both teams, while George Pickens had the most yards the Steelers with 75.
The Pittsburgh defense was once again harassing the quarterback with three sacks, led by none other than T.J. Watt with two. Markus Golden collected his first of the season for the third. Levi Wallace had two of the three interceptions, with Patrick Peterson snagging the other. Minkah Fitzpatrick had eleven total tackles on the night.
Is everything right with the Steelers? Not yet, but it seems things are easier to fix after putting back-to-back wins together. The running game looked better with work to still be done, and if that can get rolling the passing should come along as well. With the Baltimore Ravens losing earlier on Sunday there is now a three-way tie at the top of the AFC North. Pittsburgh will be back on the road in week four when they head southwest to play the Houston Texans. Game time is set for 1:00pm on CBS.
Overall Record: 2-1