They’ve lost games to the Bears and the Jaguars in the last three weeks. Ben Roethlisberger sounded like a man who wished he had gone ahead and retired after his five-interception performance against Jacksonville. He waved those comments off a couple days later, but it’s clear that all is not well inside the locker room.
Yet, there are the Steelers, 3-2, perched on top of the division standings by virtue of wins over the Browns and Ravens.
Panic index: The Ravens are also 3-2, but nowhere near as talented. But if the Steelers can’t find a way to fix what’s ailing their offense, this might come down to the wire, or at least whoever can beat up on the rest of the division.
We know what did happen. The Chargers were in the end zone three plays later, and they would go on to earn their first dub of the season. All thanks to Ingram having risen to the occasion.
Now, my first inclination was to name Ingram as Hoss of the Week for that play alone. Then after I watched the tape and saw numerous other plays he made throughout the game I was just about sold. However, as I reviewed the film, I simply could not ignore how many plays Bosa was making as well.
Bosa may not have made the big play of the game, but he damn sure made a lot of other plays to help keep the game within reach. What’s more, both Ingram and Bosa helped each other get at least one of the two sacks a piece they each recorded on the day.
On this play, he reaches the defensive end, then blocks the free runner, who the back has to beat for a touchdown.
Along with the running game, Carson Wentz has improved in every meaningful quarterback stat. He finally has competent receivers and a favorite target: his tight end. Among NFL tight ends, Ertz leads in targets, receptions, receiving yards and receptions for a first down at 20!