The Bad: Steelers Don't Target Pickens Enough
George Pickens was coming off of back-to-back 100-yard games. Today he ended with one catch for a 22-yard touchdown.
While the offense was more aggressive in this game, not targeting Pickens is a massive head-scratcher. The box score says he ended with five targets, which is still too low all things considered. Connor Heyward and Jaylen Warren each had six, to put things into perspective.
Pickens had one target in the first half. It's understandably difficult to get him involved if the offense isn't moving the ball, but that target didn't come on the 12-play scoring drive in the first half of the fiasco drive to end the half. How does that even happen? Pickens is good for more than just jump-ball sideline catches.
The gameplan was clearly designed to feed Diontae Johnson as he had eight receptions for 85 yards. Johnson is the default number-one receiver, and his route-running ability makes him a prime option to rack up the bulk of the targets underneath. But it's hard to underscore that an aggressive offense failed to get its most dynamic weapon involved in the game Sunday and it proved fatal to the effort of winning the game.