The Pittsburgh Steelers came into the day trying to get back to .500 on the season. They battled the Colts and did their jobs to get the victory.
The Steelers have battled each week since their embarrassing loss to New England. They come into the game playing well defensively and fresh off a scare against Miami, where they had to come back from 14-0 early.
They sat at 3-4 heading into the game with the Colts and had a chance to make up some ground in the division with a win. Jacoby Brissett was knocked out early in the game with a knee injury, but Brian Hoyer did not miss a beat.
Hoyer threw three touchdown passes, including his very first throw, and kept the Colts offense moving up and down the field. The Steelers defense did force a fumble, a great plat by Bud Dupree, but Hoyer played about as well as anyone on the Colts. His play was as good as anyone could have hoped for when Brissett had to come out of the game due to his knee injury.
The Steelers defense had some big plays, but they also gave up their fair share. They were asked to do a lot after the offense was stagnant and could only muster a handful of good plays.
The play-calling toward the end was questionable, and the Steelers looked to be playing “not to lose” and not playing to win. The offense could not get anything going and did not take full advantage of turnovers forced by their defense.
The Steelers lucked out, however, with the game-winning field goal attempt going wide left. These next few players saw their stock affected after the 26-24 win over Indianapolis.