In the words of Lebron James: not one… not two… not three…
Four touchdowns today for Pittsburgh Steelers first-round pick Chase Claypool. He finished the day with 7 receptions for 110 yards and 3 receiving touchdowns and 3 carries for 6 yards and a rushing touchdown. Have yourself a day Mapletron.
It wasn’t always pretty today, but the Steelers got the win over the Eagles. They have moved to 4-0 for just the fourth time in team history.
Pittsburgh never trailed in today’s game after jumping out to a 7-0 lead. At one point they led by 17 points after scoring back-to-back touchdowns to start the second half of the game.
The Steelers struggled to maintain that lead.
After scoring to go up by 17 the Steelers gave up a touchdown drive and two-point conversion that cut the lead to nine. After punting back to the Eagles the score quickly became 31-29. Following a fumble, by Eric Ebron, the Eagles had a chance to kick a field goal to take the lead.
Jake Elliott missed that 57-yard attempt, which may have been ill-advised given the kicking statistics at Heinz Field. Following the miss, the Steelers scored another touchdown, Claypool’s fourth of the game, and went back up by two scores with not much time left in the game.
Holding a nine-point lead the Steelers defense brought the pressure on Carson Wentz. Stephon Tuitt started the ensuing drive with a sack for a loss of ten yards. Two incomplete passes followed and then Wentz was intercepted on a fourth-down prayer deep downfield.
More consistency would be nice to see from the Steelers’ defense. At times they look like an unbeatable unit and then other times they struggle to get off the field. At one point in the game, Pittsburgh allowed 10 straight 3rd down conversions. The execution defensively on Mile’s Sanders 74-yard touchdown run also left a lot to be desired.
Some of the rust may be due to the Steelers having an unexpected bye week last week. There also isn’t any reason for overreaction from this game. The Eagles are not as bad as their 1-3-1 record would make you think. In fact, they may be the best team in the NFC East.
Another note, one that can never be overstated. Every player in the NFL is good, every team in the NFL can win any week. A win is a win and the Steelers are 4-0. It hasn’t always looked as good as we would like, but the Steelers are on a roll and head into week 6 undefeated.