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Steelers Looking For Answers After Loss To Patriots

An ugly loss on Sunday turned into a bad loss on Thursday for the Pittsburgh Steelers.  It was a short week for the black and gold as they welcomed the New England Patriots to town on Thursday night.  New England is one of the worst teams in the NFL, but as we saw on Sunday records do not mean much when playing Pittsburgh.  The Patriots would jump out to an early lead and hold on to win 21-18.

Bailey Zappe passed for three touchdowns and the first came with 11:18 left in the first quarter when he threw an 11-yard pass to Ezekiel ElliotChris Boswell got the home team on the board five minutes later with a 56-yard field.  In the second quarter Zappe would connect with Hunter Henry twice to go up by the score of 21-3.  Mitch Trubisky cut that lead to eleven when he threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Dionte Johnson with 2:55 remaining in the half.

With all that action in the first half, it looked like we could expect an exciting second half of offense.  That would not be the case, as Trubisky scored a 1-yard rushing touchdown a few plays after Miles Kellebrew blocked a punt.  Even with the defense playing well in the second half, the offense could not get anything going to tie the game or go ahead.

Trubisky finished the game with 190 yards passing with one touchdown and one interception.  Surprisingly, and sadly, he would also lead the team with 30 rushing yards.  Johnson would have 57 receiving yards to lead the team in that category.  Mykal Walker would have the lone interception for Pittsburgh, Elandon Roberts and Cameron Heyward each had one sack, and Nick Herbig led the team with seven tackles.

Two straight losses to two-win teams have put the Steelers on a path to miss the playoffs again. They will hit the road next Saturday to play the Indianapolis Colts.  Indianapolis has been playing well as of late and look to grab a playoff spot with the season winding down.  It will be interesting to see what changes, if any, Pittsburgh makes with the extra time to prepare.  Personally, Mike Tomlin’s seat needs to be getting warmer after these past two games.

Overall Record:  7-6

Zane Heiple

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