The Colts fall to the Steelers in not so valiant fashion, 20-17. Although this game was closer than most expected, with the last three matchups between these two being Steel City beatdowns, the Colts should have had this one. For the fifth time this season, the Colts have given up a significant second half lead. Enough is enough. Something has to change with this team.
Silly mistakes killed the Colts today. The Colts were penalized nine times for 82 yards, which is unacceptable. T.J. Green recorded two crucial penalties in the span of a mere five minutes, including a boneheaded unnecessary roughness call. Jack Doyle dropped a simple pass resulting in a Ryan Shazier interception, leading to a Steeler score. The offensive play calling was abysmal during the second half, and Jacoby Brissett didn’t help the cause too much by holding onto the ball longer than he should, which has become a big problem for him. The offensive line could not handle, in true Dick LeBeau fashion, blitz after blitz. After being sacked three times and hit nine times, it is hard to expect Jacoby Brissett’s morale to be too high.
The Colt run defense did a decent job containing the electric Le’Veon Bell and Co., holding him to only 80 yards on 26 carries. Matthias Farley had himself a day, flying all over the field and making big play after big play. Farley ended the day with five tackles, a pass deflection, a tackle for loss, and a blocked extra point that was nearly returned for two points. Pierre Desir had a decent game for once, recording eight tackles, two pass deflections, and a pick. Ben Roethlisberger had all day to throw, only being hit three times and sacked once. Giving one of the best to ever throw a football that much time to throw is unacceptable; he is just going to play pitch and catch with his receivers all day, which he did.
Jacoby Brissett looked very comfortable in the first half, controlling the pace of the game and making big throw after big throw. Donte Moncrief finally showed up to the game, and made his one weekly catch count with a 60 yard touchdown.
Game Ball: Chester Rogers
Chester Rogers played the game of his life against Pittsburgh, totaling 106 receiving yards and a huge 61 yard touchdown. The trend of T.Y. Hilton disappearing in Colt losses unfortunately continued in the wake of Rogers’ big game. Rogers caught all six of his targets.
The Colts take on the Tennessee Titans at home after their bye in a big divisional game.