I know that 2020 has taken away some of our most beloved traditions. Thankfully, not Steelers football.
At minimum it’s even now on tv, even if you just can’t go to the games.
And due to the fact the Steelers are enjoying, you get to carry on experiencing our preferred Steelers postgame tradition here at “Breakfast With Benz.” It’s our weekly “Feats of Strength” and “Airing of Grievances.”
Generally, when the Steelers acquire, we just adhere with the “Feats of Strength.” When they shed, it is only the “Airing of Grievances.”
In victory, having said that, when they nonetheless take care of to give us as numerous grievances as they did Monday night, we’ve bought to vent as effectively.
The Steelers gained their period opener around the New York Giants 26-sixteen. It wasn’t quite for the very first 28 minutes or so. But, as we have chronicled in the earlier, any acquire in September is a blessing for this bunch.
So let us have at it. The superior and the undesirable from 7 days one in 2020.
Oh, and the most critical positive note? At minimum the NFL figured out a way to enjoy the game titles!
FEATS OF Energy
Beating Barkley:We warned that if New York Giants functioning back again Saquon Barkley received loose, the Giants could pull off an upset.
The Steelers protection wasn’t heading to enable that take place. He was held to a meager 6 yards on 15 carries.
“We had a motivation,” explained head mentor Mike Tomlin. “We weren’t likely to be bashful about that commitment. We considered that guy was a catalyst for what ever they were going to do offensively. We place our secondary in harm’s way some to do so. But we embrace that problem. We needed to stack the line of scrimmage.”
It was the 2nd-cheapest dashing total of Barkley’s job.
The linebackers — all of them — were excellent in all features of the game.
T.J. Watt had an interception. Vince Williams had a sack. Devin Bush had 7 tackles. Bud Dupree was a disruptive force all night time. Ola Adeniyi experienced a tackle for decline off the bench. And Alex Highsmith acquired into the backfield at the time at the end of the video game in his debut as nicely.
Excellent JuJu: JuJu Smith-Schuster had a sturdy match with six catches, sixty nine yards and two touchdowns.
.@TeamJuJu’s ready for his Pylon Cam close up.
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He also threw a critical block and jumped on a fumble by Benny Snell.
“Ooh, ooh! Can you Snell that Snell?”: With James Conner leaving the sport with an personal injury (have you heard that sentence before?), Snell arrived in and contributed mightily.
Aside from that fumble, he experienced 113 yards on 19 carries.
Dating back again to the 2019 year finale in Baltimore, Snell now has 204 yards in his previous two game titles.
The two-moment drill: The Steelers offense was really bad in the 1st 28 minutes of the match. The offensive line was receiving owned at the line of scrimmage. Ben Roethlisberger was off-focus on. And a whole lot of the jet movement, misdirection, Matt Canada stuff wasn’t fooling any individual.
But that is when Ben Roethlisberger obtained the ball with 1:32 remaining in the first 50 % and marched the workforce seventy eight yards for a touchdown, culminating in this gutty James Washington score.
.@JamesWashington refuses to go down.@Steelers take the lead just before halftime. #HereWeGo
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That gave the Steelers a 16-ten lead.
“We were capable to choose up the tempo,” Roethlisberger said to ESPN following the activity. “Dictate extra of the coverages we have been going to see. The fellas gave me ample time. In all those situations, it’s how rapid I get the ball out of my hand and enable these men make performs.”
Of people eight performs on that travel, five were being move completions from Roethlisberger. He also scrambled for 11 yards.
Cam’s palms: For as very good as the Steelers defense was, it bent on a 19-perform third-quarter generate by the Giants. It lasted 87 yards in eight minutes and 50 seconds. But at the 4-garden line, linebacker Bud Dupree — who was fantastic all night — harassed Giants quarterback Daniel Jones into a wobbly toss that was intercepted by …
… Cam Heyward??!!
.@Bud_Dupree and @CamHeyward force the intention line INT! #HereWeGo
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Yup. That’s why the Steelers gave Heyward that massive contract extension right right before the period started.
Seem out, Minkah!
I swear, nothing matters the relaxation of the season. Heyward boxing out Robert Spillane for an interception in the conclude zone is the emphasize of the 12 months already.
AIRING OF GRIEVANCES
Injuries:Conner acquired damage. Once more. Previously.
This time, ESPN claimed it was a remaining ankle harm. The operating again only had nine yards on six carries in advance of currently being replaced by Snell.
Stefen Wisniewski has a pectoral damage. And, as for Zach Banner, I’m not sure if transferring Matt Feiler and giving him the appropriate deal with occupation was the correct detail to do.
But Banner labored truly tricky to generate it. And his fourth-quarter knee injury appeared to be fairly terrible. Hopefully he can occur again from it. He deserved far better than that.
Unique teams:Chris Boswell skipped an added point. He kicked a ball out of bounds on a kickoff, way too.
Diontae Johnson fumbled a punt. Jabrill Peppers experienced a pair of good punt returns.
Diontae Johnson: Johnson fumbled the punt. He had a drop. He had a definitely bad miscommunication with Roethlisberger at one place as nicely.
He rebounded effectively in the 2nd half, however, with 6 catches and fifty seven yards on the evening.
The third quarter:Immediately after scoring at the stop of the initial 50 percent, the Steelers appeared to be marching for another. Then Roethlisberger threw an needless, deep 50-fifty ball to Washington on a 3rd-and-5.
Washington built a wonderful play on it. But Giants defensive back James Bradberry deftly ripped it absent.
The Steelers then permitted that 19-perform Giants drive prior to Heyward turned in his very best Donnie Shell impersonation.
At the very least their second drive that quarter bridged into the fourth with a area aim.
The group noise: Executing that bogus group sound is no straightforward process. But it is been finished far better than that just before. It seemed to erupt with wild applause out of nowhere at moments during the broadcast.
Even when the Steelers did a little something right.
When Ray-Ray McCloud nearly popped the second-fifty percent kick return, I feel all these “Giants fans” were being rooting for a touchdown.
The refs: It was not a horribly officiated activity. But the officials blew a few of crucial calls. A third-down go interference on Joe Haden in the first quarter was a joke. It retained a generate alive and permitted New York to throw a landing pass on the subsequent engage in.
That 19-perform travel was aided by a missed maintain from just one of the Giants trying to block Watt on a fourth-and-1 completion to Saquon Barkley.
The Steelers received absent with a person, also, although. Inquire Giants restricted stop Evan Engram about Mike Hilton keeping his wrist band.
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