3 things we learned from Steelers win against the Seattle Seahawks

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7). Mandatory Credit: Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7). Mandatory Credit: Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Steelers pulled it out in overtime against the Seattle Seahawks to earn a second straight home victory

So, if you did not watch the game and only saw the final score, you would perhaps be thinking this:  ‘Wow, it must have been a back and forth affair that the Steelers managed to win in OT’. That assessment would be partially accurate, I’m afraid.

The Steelers did win the game against the Seahawks in OT; however, the game should have never even gotten to overtime. We dominated in the first half, taking a fourteen-point lead into the locker room at halftime.  Oh, and by the way, we held the Seahawks to zero points in the first half.

With this in mind, let’s take a look at what we learned from the win.

The Steelers offense is consistently inconsistent

I know what you’re thinking: we won the game by scoring more points than the other team so how could the offense be consistently inconsistent?  According to ESPN, we outgained the Seahawks in total yards, in passing yards, and in rushing yards, but it took a monumental effort by the defense to set up the game-winning FG in OT.

So why did we have to rely on the defense yet again to win a game?  Here’s my take on it:  the Steelers offense has yet to ‘fire on all cylinders’.  Yes, we scored fourteen points in the first half, but it took four drives before we scored any points.

Championship caliber offenses start fast and finish strong.  We start slow and sometimes finish strong.  The offense frankly looks more and more like a college offense as the weeks go by.  I’m all for innovation on both sides of the ball, but not at the expense of a drive.

Look, when WRs are getting called for offensive pass interference on ‘tunnel screens’, for example, it should take only one instance to realize that perhaps calling a ‘tunnel screen’ is not the best play call, since the refs clearly are inconsistent with whether or not they throw the flag.  Please call something else for the sake of my sanity.

Let’s see what else we learned.