The Ugly: Kenny Pickett's Accuracy, Or Lack Thereof, In the First Half
Thankfully a first-half problem didn't persist into the second half. However, it has been a consistent problem for the second-year quarterback all season.
Pickett missed the mark on a handful of throws in the first half that put the Steelers in a more difficult position on the scoreboard than they ever should have been. The first to Diontae Johnson on a deep curl was forgivable as the first example. However, the next to George Pickens on a short drag route should have been an easy first down. Instead, it was a punt and a three-and-out.
Pickett had two other passes that could have been touchdowns had he been perfect, the deep seam to Calvin Austin III was a disappointing one particularly. The ball hit Austin in the hands, but had it been out in front of him, Austin was covered by a linebacker and would have easily scored. Pickett was under pressure on the throw, but his inconsistency here cost him.
The second is more on George Pickens, as he had space to get both feet in, but a slightly better ball keeps an open Pickett from stretching out to make the catch. That's nitpicking.
Pickett did get going in the second half, though he did only throw for 160 yards. There's still a long way to go for Pickett, and with 20 starts under his belt now, he's got to find that consistency now. Canada's playcalling has improved, now the offensive execution has to do the same and it starts with Pickett.