3 things we learned from Steelers pitiful loss to the New England Patriots

  • The Steelers offense has regressed
  • Defense simply could not make enough 'big plays'
  • This team look s'out of sorts' in all three phases of the game

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The Steelers offense has regressed over the course of the last two games

When Mike Tomlin decided to move on from Matt Canada. I was optimistic that the offense would get out of being stuck in 'neutral' and finally look like a real NFL offense. We accomplished that goal in our first game sans Canada. Against the Bengals, we put up over 400 yards of offense.

Against the Cardinals and Patriots, we put up three-hundred and seventeen and two-hundred and sixty-four yards, respectively. What is even more alarming is the fact that we scored a combined thirty-four points in two contests.

According to ESPN, against the Patriots, in addition to the aforementioned total yards, we converted only three out of fourteen third downs. That translates into a conversion rate of twenty-one percent. That is flat-out awful. You simply can not win games in the NFL with a twenty-one percent conversion rate on third-down.

The fact that we rushed for less than one hundred yards and that Mitch Trubisky threw for less than two hundred yards and averaged about five yards per completion tells you pretty much all you need to know. Trubiskly just wasn't consistently throwing the ball down the field.

Let's see what we learned on the defensive side of the ball.