The Steelers offense was atrocious
In keeping with the atrocious theme, the Steelers offense was that and then some. To be fair, we did lose Kenny Pickett to an injury, the extent of which was unknown at the time Mike Tomlin held his post-game press conference.
Suffice it to say, the offense wasn't necessarily 'humming' before Pickett went out with injury and it didn't get any better afterward. According to ESPN, although we amassed over three hundred total yards, we converted less than fifty percent of our third downs.
This has been a serious problem all season and it was just amplified today. What has also been a serious problem all season is the lack of production in the 'red zone' or the 'red area', as Tomlin has called it. We were successful in only one time out of three trips to the 'red zone' and were held to ten points.
We were also 'highly penalized', as Tomlin would say. The reality is this game was tough to watch after Pickett exited with injury. The offense is simply not as efficient without Pickett. That's not to say that the offense has been all that efficient with Pickett but after last week where we put up over four hundred yards of offense, I thought we had turned a corner. I was wrong.
Let's see what we learned on the defensive side of the ball.