The Pittsburgh Steelers started their season with a solid defensive showing. Here is how the fans responded to the strong play.
The Pittsburgh Steelers defense forced four turnovers and four sacks in the initial half of play in their Week 1 matchup. Providing a glimpse of what the highest-paid defense in the league is capable of this year.
Not only did this excite the fan base, but it got Jerome Bettis tweeting his excitement:
This high level of defensive play ignited what would create a 17-6 halftime lead for the Steelers. Bettis wasn’t the only blue check tweeting about the Steelers defense. Pat McAfee, was also impressed by their play.
Sacking Joe Burrow 4 times is something to get excited about. Especially after the Bengals spent their offseason replacing the former turnstiles that previously played offensive line for the team last year. One fan noted the anger the team was playing with:
Every QB in this league should be afraid if they happen to line up opposite this Steeler defense. Andrew Fillipponi fan noted how frustrated Burrow was after seeing so much of Cam Heyward and T.J. Watt in just one half.
Another fan noted how much more effective this defense is when they can get to the quarterback and stop the run:
While the defense got most of the attention, the offense, in comparison, hardly got any. Frustratingly the Steelers’ offense, particularly the run, did not seem to find its groove.
One fan recognized the lack of production from Najee Harris:
While the need to get the run game going is important, it is important to realize what the offense did well. The Steelers pulled off a nice flea flicker play that found Mitch Trubisky connecting with Pat Freiermuth on a deep pass.
As if the defensive play could not get any better, Minkah Fitzpatrick blocked the extra point that would have given the Steelers their first loss.
Special teams’ madness has seemed to be a trending theme through the overtime session. This image perfectly captured Chris Boswell and the entire city of Pittsburgh’s reaction.
But luckily, Boswell, after bouncing a 55-yard field goal off the goal post, knocked a deep field goal for the win as time expired.