While watching the Pittsburgh Steelers take on the New England Patriots, it was easy to remember how this was once a primetime matchup that everyone wanted to see. Unfortunately, the 55-31 blowout loss at the hands of the Patriots shows just how far the mighty Steelers have fallen.
“A disappointing performance, probably as disappointed as I have been especially under the circumstances in terms of how we were able to fight back there at the beginning of the second half,” Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said, according to Steelers.com. “It was a 24-24 game and they handled us and handled us well. We have to accept that and move forward and we will. We give them the credit. They were the better team tonight and the scoreboard and stats reflected that.”
It would be hard to imagine Pittsburgh lost the game while looking at the statistics without seeing the final score. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger tossed four touchdown passes and 400 yards through the air. Running back Le’Veon Bell rushed for 74 yards on just 16 carries. Four wide receivers had at least 65 receiving yards, with Jerricho Cotchery recording more touchdowns (three) in Sunday’s contest than he had all season up to that point.
However, it is also easy to see why the team lost. Roethlisberger was sacked five times and turned the ball over three times. More importantly, the Patriots simply did everything better and had far better statistics while doing it.
It just proves that the Steelers have serious problems all over the roster, in particular in the running game on both sides of the ball. Not to mention, Pittsburgh’s defense is not registering sacks or recording enough turnovers. The offense is simply not scoring enough touchdowns or making the most of their opportunities.
No one outside of Pittsburgh expected the Steelers to defeat the Patriots. That doesn’t mean the team shouldn’t use the embarrassing loss as a means to get better.