Sunday, September 29, 2013

Big Ben's Clock Stopped As Vikings Beat Steelers 34-27; RIP L.C. Greenwood

Steelers Off To Worst Start Since 1968

One year ago at this time, the Steelers were 2-2. Today, they're 0-4. It's the worst start for the team since 1968 and making the playoffs just got much harder. Steelers need to go 8-4 for any chance of making the playoffs.  In fact, including the pre-season, Steelers are 0-8 and have already matched their losses for the entire 2012 season.

Reviewing the numbers:
  • In play selection, once again, Steelers passing exceeding rushing by a ratio of over 2-1 with 71% of the plays passing and 29% rushing.
  • Steelers finally had impressive numbers in first downs with 29 to the Vikings 16.
  • Steelers also surpassed Vikings in time-of-possession by 36.26 minutes to Vikings 23.33.
  • Ben was 36/51 with 383 yards with one TD and one interception.
  • LeVeon Bell's debut was impressive with two touchdowns.
  • Cotchery had a good performance with 103 yards on five catches including a touchdown.
  • Steelers defense had an impressive series after Bell's touchdown. But that was their only shining moments in the game. With the exception of Troy's continued good play, defense was conspicuous by its absence most of the game.
  • Steelers 3rd-down efficiency was 53% and red-zone efficiency was 50%.
  • Steelers recorded 4 penalties for 50 yards and one fumble by Ben in the closing minutes of the game (his 6th turnover in 2 games).

L.C. Greenwood Passes At 67

Former defensive end and member of the famed "Steel Curtain" of the 1970's died at 67.

L.C. won four Super Bowls with the Steelers as well as a six-time All Pro pick and two-time All Pro during his career (1969-1981).

In 2007,  the Steelers named Greenwood to the franchise's all-time team.


Steelers have a bye next weekend. Their next game will be on Sunday, October 13, 2013, at the NY Jets., ESPN, Fox Sport, NFL