4 takeaways from Steelers ugly loss vs Packers in Week 4
By Tommy Jaggi
The Steelers defense just seemed off
It didn’t seem to matter much that the Steelers had both of their starting edge defenders returning to the field for this contest. Their defense just seemed off. While the team was able to hold Aaron Rodgers scoreless through the first quarter, he started to heat up fast as the game went on.
It’s hard to pinpoint exactly what the cause of the lackluster defensive play was from. Perhaps it was just an off game on the road. However, the results weren’t one of a dominant defense this week.
While allowing 27 points to the reigning MVP seems like an accomplishment, it seemed like the Packers could have scored a few more times in this one if they didn’t already hold such a comfortable lead. T.J. Watt was credited with two sacks in the game, but one was on a play that should have been called for tripping and the other was when he tagged Rodgers down after he gave himself up.
The secondary I guess did a respectable job — allowing just 248 yards and 2 scores through the air. However, Pittsburgh surrendered 131 yards on 4.0 per carry on the ground. The Steelers have a lot of very good defensive players, but it wasn’t the best performance from this unit.