Now this is exactly what I expected from the Pittsburgh Steelers. The offense was balanced with a solid mix of rushes and passes as they were able to roll up 38 points. The defense was stout against the run and pressured the quarterback into poor throws.
It was also the type of game that the Steelers needed. After three poor performances on the road this season, they came up big at home, but this time it was against a quality opponent.
What made the game even more impressive was that the Steelers did it without James Harrison, Aaron Smith, Casey Hampton, Rashard Mendenhall and Chris Kemoeatu.
On top of these injuries, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had a foot injury which had him limping around the field during the pre-game warm ups.
Rather than make excuses, the Steelers came out and won big with their best team performance of the year.
The offense stayed committed to the run and Roethlisberger was superb through the air. This was in part due to the strong performance by the offensive line boosted by the signing of Max Starks.
Pittsburgh’s defense was back to their normal selves with a suffocating effort on Chris Johnson and big plays from their linebackers.
Even the special teams came through with big returns and a brilliant fake punt.
All in all it was a great performance by the players who were set up perfectly by an outstanding game plan from Mike Tomlin and his coaching staff.