There are many words that can be used to describe the play of the Pittsburgh Steelers offense on Sunday Night against the Kansas City Chiefs, and solid is not one of them. The best word that should be used is sloppy as the Steelers offense committed many drive halting penalties, momentum nullifying foolishness, which in the end could have cost the Steelers the game.
The offense was not sharp at all as they were coming off a bye and that is not an excuse. They committed too many foolish penalties and turned over the football twice. The first was when Mewelde Moore was approaching the endzone and then an interception of Ben Roethlisberger.
On top of those issues they only converted three of 11 opportunities on third down, as the Chiefs defense gave the Steelers all they could handle. Now lets give credit to the Chiefs defense for playing a heck of a game. They rose to the occasion and thrived on the emotions of the pregame scuffle to give the Steelers a good game. Tamba Hali was amazing in his efforts to rally his team, but in the end the Steelers defense proved to be more opportunistic in the long run.
Another key problem were the dropped passes on Sunday Night as Mike Wallace dropped several, one of which was a sure touchdown and others were on key third downs that killed momentum of drives.
All of these issue were a problem and they need to be corrected quickly as the Cincinnati Bengals are still lurking in the division and will look to give the Steelers all they can take on Sunday. This game will be pivotal in the AFC North race and this offense better be prepared for a better defense with more tenacity.
Now that the final streak of the season is here the Steelers cannot go into sleep walking mode offensively as December football is quickly approaching where the wins mean more. If the Steelers want to get hot they must not let their penalties, fumbles and mishaps cost them their wins and more importantly their place in the AFC Conference race.
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