It wasn’t pretty. It seemingly never is with the Pittsburgh Steelers. However, it doesn’t really have to be either, and the team moves to 7-2 and in control of their conference as they head into Week 11 after a 20-17 win.
The Steelers were favored to win by 10 points. It was apparent by the way both halves started in this game that the team was not going to cover that hefty spread on the road. Two plays into the first half, Ben Roethlisberger was intercepted looking deep for Martavis Bryant. Four plays into the second half, Jacoby Brissett hit a wide open Chester Rogers for a 61-yard touchdown to extend a lead to 17-3.
However, it was the way in which this team closed each half that led you to believe that have the will to beat any team on the schedule. Down 10-0, it was an eight-play field goal drive before the half that made the game 10-3 and kept the Steelers within one score. Following the touchdown drive in the second half, the Steelers defense forced four punts and caught an interception to set up a Steelers touchdown. And of course, the game ended with a 10-play drive late in the fourth quarter to set up the game-winning field goal as time expired.
It isn’t how you start things, it is how you end them. The Steelers started slow, but in each half, they came alive to keep their team in the game. With their backs against the wall, they came alive. You can take this game as the same old Steelers. The team who fails to blow out even the worst of rosters. You can also walk away from this game saying that they still handled business, and in that form showed that they are a team able to grow. We will see if they continue to grow on a short week as they take on the Tennessee Titans next week for Thursday Night Football.