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Pittsburgh Steelers Use Redemption Sunday To Get Back On Track – Week 4 Recap

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The Pittsburgh Steelers get back on winning track with redemption win against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday Night Football.

After a horrible performance in week 3 against the Philadelphia Eagles, the Pittsburgh Steelers wanted to use Sunday Night Football as a chance to get redemption. With the players and coaches being reminded all week by the media that they took a step backwards in the loss, they were visibly ready to quiet the noise with their performance against the Kansas City Chiefs. With rain coming down hard once again at Heinz Field, the Pittsburgh Steelers made the win look easy with a 43-14 win.

The Steelers started off the game on defense, which was a great chance for them to assert their dominance and set the tone for the entire game. The Steelers were the worst in the league in both turnovers forced and sacks heading into week 4, so to get some pressure on Alex Smith early was vital. The Steelers forced a punt on the Chiefs first drive when Cameron Hayward got a sack on the first drive of the game, which equalled the one sack the entire Steelers defense had coming into the game.

The Steelers knew that all of the focus would be on Le’Veon Bell, so the Steelers ran a play action to him on the very first play of the game, and Ben Roethlisberger found Sammie Coates for a 47-yard gain. It would only get worse from there for the Chiefs defense, specifically the secondary. In the second offensive drive, which was set up by a forced fumble, Roethlisberger found Darrius Hayward-Bey for a 31-yard touchdown.

In the Chiefs’ response to the Steelers’ first score of the game, Alex Smith threw an interception to Jarvis Jones. The Steelers scored on the very next play with a 4-yard pass from Roethlisberger to Antonio Brown. Less than 5 minutes later, the two connected again for a 38-yard touchdown and the Steelers were up 22-0 before the end of the first quarter.

The Steelers defense continued to bring the pressure the entire first half, forcing Alex Smith to have to settle for short yardage on just about every pass play. The Chiefs first half included four punts, two turnovers, and a missed field goal. The Steelers ended the half with a statement, adding one more Roethlisberger touchdown pass, this time a 9-yard pass to Jesse James. With a 29-0 lead at halftime, the Steelers redemption Sunday was pretty much complete.

The Steelers got the ball back to start the second half, and they picked up right where they left off. They took the first drive of the second half 75 yards and added another touchdown. Ben Roethlisberger ended the drive with a 30-yard touchdown pass to Markus Wheaton. It was 36-0 and the blowout was in effect. The Steelers turned the performance from the week before into motivation for this week, sadly for the Chiefs they were just in their way.

Artie Burns looked much improved this week, breaking up a couple of passes that could have been taken for touchdowns if he had given up on the play or lost track of his assignments. Just a look into how bad the game got, the Chiefs had the ball on the Steelers 4-yard line and turned the ball over on downs due to a couple of dropped touchdown passes by their tight ends. It was literally a mirror image of what happened to the Steelers a week before. There was nothing the Chiefs would be able to do on this night to slow the Steelers down in any way.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are now 3-1 and are tied for first in the AFC North with the Baltimore Ravens a quarter of the way through the season. The Pittsburgh Steelers look to build on this performance as they play at home next Sunday against the 1-3 New York Jets, who are looking for their own redemption after a couple of bad performances.

Key stats and notes from Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Kansas City Chiefs

  • Steelers defense recorded four sacks and two turnovers, both season highs
  • Ben Roethlisberger threw for 300 yards for the 47th time in his career
  • Antonio Brown has 4 touchdowns on the season
  • Anthony Chickillo, Jarvis Jones, Marcus Gilbert, and Lawerence Timmons all left the game due to injury
  • Steelers defense has not allowed more than 27 points at home since week 4 of last season
  • Mike Tomlin called it “Redemption Sunday” all week, and they delivered