The Steel Deal – Week Three

Sonja Greenfield, Contributor Pittsburgh Steelers

By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN

Pittsburgh Steelers 30 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27

Before I get into the write-up, let me just introduce this. Yes, you know me as a Lions fan.  However, the Steelers needed some love, so I went ahead and decided that I would pick them up and write about them as well.

It’s been fun learning about this team. I know plenty of Steeler fans, a lot of my family are Steelers fans, so it’s good to branch out a bit.  I’ll do it like my Pride Report articles.  I’ll have the person who was the Steel Deal (did something well) and who was Not the Deal (who didn’t do something well).  So, here we go!  (See what I did there?)

The Pittsburgh Steelers had to go on the road to face the red-hot Buccaneers and the even hotter quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.  This was looking to be quite the task.  The winless Pittsburgh Steelers have had quite a drama-filled off-season and season so far.  From running back Le’Veon Bell’s holdout to wide receiver Antonio Brown’s absence from practice earlier in the week, it’s been eventful.  Could the Steelers come in and pull off the win?

The Fitzmagic came to an end.  The Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger along with the Steelers defense put the team on their backs and got their first win.  Though the Buccaneers came back to make it interesting, the Steelers held on and were able to get their first win.

The Steel Deal:  Lots of people had a great game.  Roethlisberger lead the team and had over 350 yards, threw 3 touchdowns and looked very much in command.  WR JuJu Smith-Schuster had 9 receptions for 116 yards.  Tight end Vance McDonald gave a beautiful stiff arm to Buccaneers safety Chris Conte.  While they are all very well deserving, the defense as a whole is the Steel Deal.  They intercepted Fitzpatrick three times and recovered one fumble.  The Steelers, obviously are known for their defense, and the defense’s performance last night reminded us exactly why.

Not The Steel Deal:  Discipline.  There were 13 penalties last night on the Steelers, with a total of  37 penalties on the season.  If the Steelers want to keep up the momentum that they’ve developed, they’ve got to play smart, disciplined football.  In his press conference this afternoon, head coach Mike Tomlin did say that they do have to play better and smarter.

Next week the Steelers welcome their division rival Baltimore Ravens.  The Ravens are 2-1 on the season and coming off a win against the Denver Broncos.  This will be a great game, especially because of how fierce the rivalry is.


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