The Pittsburgh Steelers traveled to Charlotte to face the Carolina Panthers as underdogs, but weathered losses of 3 starters to come out on top, 37 to 19.
While the game gave Steelers Nation much to celebrate and Steelers scribes much to analyze, its 1:15 am in this corner of the world, so here are 5 Quick Take Aways:
1. “Thou Shalt Not Run” null and void in Pittsburgh….
The NFL’s is now a quarterback driven league. Passing is everything. That is largely true. But the Steelers have made a deliberate attempt to take advantage of defenses keying on the pass, and the formation of LeBackfield is the perfect example. Vs. the Panthers, Le’Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount exploded for 265 yards rushing.
2. YES, Steelers Are allowed to take away the ball….
Since 2010, the Pittsburgh Steelers have suffered from a dearth of take aways. The problem is beyond chronic, and extended through the first 2 games of 2014. Vs. the Panthers, Jarvis Jones and Brett Keisel teamed for a strip sack which Jason Worilds recovered. Later on a punt return Robert Golden jarred the ball loose and then landed on in the end zone for a game-sealing touchdown.
3. NO, the injury gods have not forgotten the Steelers…
After a horrific start to 2013, the Pittsburgh Steelers started the 2014 season relatively unscathed, with Dri Archer and Ramon Foster their only injuries of note. Alas, their luck ran out in Carolina, as Ike Taylor, Jarvis Jones, and rookie Ryan Shazier all left with injuries.
The Steelers went up 23 to 6 at the close of the third quarter, when Ben Roethlisberger, doing what he does best scrambling to make something happen, hit Antonio Brown who was about 5 yards from the end zone completely uncovered. No complaints here.
5. Penalties Still a Problem for Pittsburgh…
The Steelers struggled for much of the first half, and a big reason for that was penalties. The Steelers already came into the game with 20 penalties (a quarter o their ’13 total) and added another 11.
That’s all for now folks as its 1:30 and work looms tomorrow. Check back as Steel Curtain Rising will have full coverage of the Steelers victory over Carolina.