3 things we learned from Steelers against the Minnesota Vikings

Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers (Photo by David Berding/Getty Images)
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Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin (left) looks at quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports /

The Steelers looked listless and unprepared to play against the Vikings

Look, I understand it was a short week, coming off an emotional and physical game against the Ravens but the Steelers simply looked unprepared to play.  That falls on Mike Tomlin, whom I support, by the way.  What I don’t support and frankly can not fathom is the listless nature in which we played on both sides of the ball.

The 2021 season has been a series of these types of games where the offense starts slowly or not at all until it’s too late and where the defense is akin to having a screen door on a submarine and can’t stop anybody.

I understand that at this point in the season we are pretty much stuck with the players we have but Tomlin has to see that we have glaring holes on both sides of the ball and that those holes are costing us games at a time when we simply can not afford to lose.

Although we have not mathematically been eliminated from playoff contention, it sure feels that way, doesn’t it?  The Steelers are now in a position where we MUST win out and get some help along the way to make the playoffs.

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If we miss the playoffs, all we need to do is point to this game and a few others where the offense started slow, we could not stop the run on defense and the team just flat out played uninspired football.