After a very questionable roughing the passer call on Sunday for a hit on Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady, who plays the Pittsburgh Steelers this Sunday, there was another called on Monday Night Football against Kansas City Chiefs defensive lineman Chris Jones. The league is clearly cracking down on hits against the quarterback in the aftermath of Tua Tagovailoa’s injury the week before, but Steelers rookie Kenny Pickett didn’t get the same protection on two late hits against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.
The Steelers’ defense gave up 11 plays of 20 or more yards in Sunday’s loss to the Buffalo Bills. That’s by far the most in a game this season by any defense. The previous high was eight.
Through five games, the Steelers have the worst point differential in the league at -51. The Washington Commanders are second worst at -38. The Steelers have scored 77 points this year, while they’ve surrendered 128 points.
ESPN’s Football Power Index (FPI) says the Steelers are the likeliest team to obtain the No. 1 overall pick. The last time the Steelers had the first overall pick was in 1970, when they selected Terry Bradshaw.
The Steelers have trailed by 28+ points in five of their last 13 games. That happened just five times in 448 games from 1990-2015 for the Steelers, according to Scott Kacsmar.
Cam Heyward clarified that he had a “butt retweet” in regards to a tweet that bashed Mike Tomlin and the linebackers. “Ok let me be clear when I say that was a complete accident,” Heyward tweeted. “I challenge myself to be better and don’t look to point the finger. These losses I take personal and I need to be better. My head coach and teammates are the ones I care about. I’m on to Tampa see ya Sunday.”
Josh Allen’s 98-yard touchdown pass to Gabe Davis on Sunday marked the longest scrimmage touchdown in the first 90 seconds of a game in NFL history.
Stephen A. Smith absolutely ripped the Steelers on Monday’s First Take. “The Steelers will be lucky to win seven games. They are an atrocity,” Smith said. “It is the worst team I’ve ever seen Mike Tomlin have. It’s primarily because, even though you found a quarterback, he’s just a rookie, and your offensive line is putrid. But at the end of the day, their coaching doesn’t look great right now either. Brian Flores was added to that staff … Kevin Colbert, the former GM, I think he’s left them in a bad spot.”
NFL insider Jordan Schultz thinks the media and fans are being too harsh on Mike Tomlin. “Disappointed to see the onslaught of criticism toward Mike Tomlin,” Schultz tweeted. “His rookie QB just made first-ever start – at Buffalo – and he’s missing the league’s DPOY. Tomlin is the pillar of consistency in a league full of inconsistencies. He’s always been a winner… and he’ll win again.”
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Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Davante Adams apologized for pushing a camera man following the Raiders’ 30-29 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday night. “Sorry to the guy I pushed over after the game,” Adams tweeted. “Obviously very frustrated at the way the game ended and when he ran infront of me as I exited that was my reaction and I felt horrible immediately. Thats not me..MY APOLOGIES man hope you see this.”
On Monday night, Chiefs defensive lineman Chris Jones had a strip/sack and fumble recovery negated due to a “full body weight” roughing the passer penalty. It was an erroneous call, however. It comes on the heels of the ridiculous Grady Jarrett roughing the passer penalty on Tom Brady. The penalty came on third down and It cost the Falcons a chance to get the ball back late in the game.
Mike Tomlin will speak with the media at noon. Alan Saunders
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