3 things we learned from Pittsburgh Steelers loss against the Raiders
By Eric Hassel
The Steelers may have been outcoached in the loss against the Raiders
Look, I am a supporter of Mike Tomlin, but the game against the Raiders was a head-scratcher for me in a couple of respects. First, already without key starters on defense and then losing two more starters to in-game injuries, why would you allow the normal defense to be called? To me, it just looked like we were calling the same defense when we should have been making adjustments based on the personnel on the field. Perhaps we did make adjustments, but it sure did not look like we did.
Second, at a crucial moment in the game, trailing in the fourth quarter, it was fourth down and one yard to go for first down and Tomlin elected to punt. Why? Why would we punt in that situation? If the offense cannot gain a yard, we should not be in the NFL. All that said to me was that Tomlin had no faith in the offense.
The Steelers had better right the ship or this season could get away from us
Like I stated earlier in the discussion, I am not going to overreact to a win or to a loss, particularly at this stage of the season; however, instead of having two wins with two conference wins, we have one win and one loss with one conference win and one conference loss.
I don’t know about you, but two wins, e.g. undefeated through the first two weeks of the season, look and sound better than having one win and one loss. We could easily be undefeated had we been able to run the ball with any consistency and had we not given up almost four hundred yards through the air.
Next week presents another opportunity to improve on both sides of the ball and the Steelers had better take advantage of said opportunity.