Steelers Have The Power To Win, But Big Ben Is Needed

Peter Diana  Post-GazetteSteelers quarterback Landry Jones warms up before the Patriots game at Heinz Field

The Steelers practice Tuesday and Wednesday before a four-day break for their bye.

Linebackers: The Steelers' linebackers did a pretty good job against New England. They hung 27 points - two more than their season average - on the Steelers, despite losing two fumbles and dropping a pair of easy third-down passes, because they're capable of scoring in any capacity they see fit. It all starts tomorrow night in Cleveland and one of the great things about this series is that someone has to actually win. The lack of any downfield passing game to someone not named Rob Gronkowski. "There's times we leave the field feeling like we played bad and (Belichick says), 'You fix a couple things and we'll be all right.' And there's times where you feel like you played well and we go in there and get ripped".

The Steelers do have changes to make, and most notably to the run defense, but Tomlin has to realize that he is the expert in that field.

But some come at better times than others.

New England (6-1) remained flawless since Brady returned from his four-game "Deflategate" suspension and while the Patriots lost a pair of fumbles they also didn't throw an interception, making them the third team since 1960 to get through the first seven weeks of the season without throwing it to the other team, joining the 1960 Browns and 2008 Redskins. Eric Rowe got the start as the No. 2 corner and gave up a touchdown to Darrius Heyward-Bey, but he did look like he is making some major improvements and could be essential to this secondary for specific matchups. The Eagles pressured and harassed Sam Bradford, their former quarterback, sacking him six times and forcing his first three turnovers this season. It was just simply a matter of the Steelers being overmatched by the Patriots in terms of talent.

The Pittsburgh Steelers lost to the New England Patriots in Week 7 action, and even though the cards were stacked against Pittsburgh, the team had every chance to win the football game and literally threw those opportunities away.

When it counted most, though, more often than not, the Patriots' defense left the Steelers' offense seeing red. They did everything we needed them to do to open the holes and put us in a good position.

Injured Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, right, talks with New England quarterback Tom Brady after the Patriots beat the Steelers Sunday afternoon in Pittsburgh.

It was the second straight game where an opposing running back finished with at least 120 yards against Pittsburgh.

Heyward has three of the Steelers' eight sacks. And the normally reliable Ryan Allen shanked one punt 25 yards, only to be rescued when Boswell missed a 42-yard field goal attempt at the end of the possession.

There was a pivotal stretch in the third quarter when the Steelers cut the deficit to 14-13. He had the last laugh, ripping off 74 yards in the second half alone to prevent Pittsburgh from focusing exclusively on Brady. "I just made the play, that's all there was to it".

Wheaton missed the first two games of the season, but returned to catch passes in the next three.

Defensive end Cam Heyward said the goal is to return from his hamstring injury in time for the Ravens game.

Despite the loss, the Pittsburgh Steelers are still in the first place in the AFC North. For now, that's little solace. "Obviously, we want all of our players, but we don't look at it like that".

The weirdest game of the day, however, was the Seattle Seahawks-Arizona Cardinals tilt, which ended in a 6-6 tie because the field goal kickers on both teams missed chip shot attempts in overtime, both of which would have won the game for either side.



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