Steelers win the sim in methodical fashion
The Steelers second-half offense replicated its real-life counterpart a bit too well, but the defense did its part to help seal the victory. Overall, the Steelers played mistake-free football while forcing mistakes from a young quarterback who stared down his number one target nearly the entire game.
On the day, Pickett was serviceable, throwing for a 70% completion percentage, 122 yards, and two touchdowns. Not awe-inspiring, but enough to get the job done. The job may have been finished sooner with better accuracy early in the contest. Pickens leaned on Pickens throughout the game despite some early mistakes. Pickens hauled in 5 receptions for 48 yards and both touchdown passes.
As it turns out, the Steelers really can't cover number one receivers. Woods had nine receptions for 100 yards. Stroud was only able to complete four other passes for 37 yards to other receivers.
The Steelers didn't create much pressure in the game despite the injuries at tackle for Houston but were able to take advantage in the running game, handling Singletary and Pierce and forcing Stroud to throw.
While a bit more dominant overall in the Madden sim through the first four weeks, it is interesting that the sim Steelers are playing relatively close to their real-life counterparts. Of course, no score or final scenario from the simulations has been particularly close yet.
After all, Stroud has yet to throw an interception yet this season and the Texans are arguably better in real life than Madden will yet give them credit for. It's quite possible the Steelers have a bigger fight on their hands than they did in the Madden simulation this week.