Earlier this season, the San Francisco 49ers became the first team since 2015 to defeat his opponent with & # 39; at least 200 meters, has the ball at least 35 minutes and still lose -logħba. Now have company.
The Steel & # 39; Pittsburgh ended week 12 against the Denver Broncos with 527 yard, exactly 35 minutes & # 39; possession, and scored only 17 points. This left the door open enough for the Broncos – who had put only 308 yards – to steal victory & # 39; 24-17.
So, how did the crime & # 39; so Pittsburgh, but few score? Because the Steelers removed just about every journey made in the territory of the Broncos.
It started early, when passing trick by Antonio Brown to Samayels of & # 39; Jaylen open, was off the mark on the first drive & # 39; Steelers. Three games later, the goal of & # 39; Boswell headed goal was blocked. The only touchdowns of the day for Pittsburgh were step & # 39; of & # 39 touchdowns; 97 yard for Juju Smith Schuster and step & # 39; touchdowns on fake field by Chris Boswell up offensive lineman Alejandro Villanueva.
But their biggest problem was to handle the ball.
Four & # 39; drives for the Steelers who crossed the line & # 39; 50 yard ended with & # 39; turnover. Those mistakes kept the items in the table & # 39; evaluation, and fourth & # 39; turnover of the day welcomed the nail in their coffin.
Let's look at all four.
1. Xavier Grimble went over the goal line
On the drive after the departure of Lost & # 39; Brown and blocked kick of & # 39; Boswell, the Steelers had another opportunity gold to get the first points of their day. They had come when Ben Roethlisberger found his tight end Xavier Grimble WIDE open on the left side of the field. But safety Broncos Will Parks Grimble won with the line & # 39; aim and hit led to disseminate lost ball out of bounds.
The tbaffija & # 39; outside the area & # 39; end become defense message. Many complain that it is one of the worst rules in football. But the counterpoint is simple: Spreading. Grimble lost control of the ball and there are negative consequences to this.
F & # 39; in this case, left the Steelers smooth and keep the first 3-0 of the Broncos.
2. Roethlisberger interception near the left friendly tournament
Having taken the lead in the third quarter with & # 39; end of & # 39; 97 touch yard for Smith Schuster, the Steelers had a chance to really take control on their next drive. Instead, ended with & # 39; only turnover having crossed 50.
The interception thrown by Roethlisberger never had much chance and set the Broncos b & # 39; good positive position. Two games later, Denver joined the game 17-17 with & # 39; pass & # 39; landing by Case Keenum to Emmanuel Sanders.
3. James Conner went back after big gains
A couple drives later, the Steelers had a chance to bring back lead, but the disaster again & # 39; hurts. James Conner busted b & # 39; anything above step & # 39; screen for profit & # 39; more than 20 yards, but fled when he tried to obstruct defenders.
The Broncos recovered and again & # 39 others, took advantage of the turnover with & # 39; end of the touchdown to go & # 39; 24-17.
4. The second interception & # 39; Roethlisberger ended
With a little more than four & # 39; minutes left on the clock, the Steelers needed to drive 56 yards for touchdowns binding with the games. They got 54 of those yards came before another atrocious Roethlisberger interception on third and goal with just over a minute left:
If the visiting Broncos defense Shelby Harris failed there first, it is hard to imagine that he would not cut & # 39; by Chris Harris corner instead. As was the big step.
That pair & # 39; bad interceptions came one week after Roethlisberger had three against the Jaguars of & # 39; Jacksonville in Week 11. Roethlisberger appeared to discard interception of the game at & # 39; a similar situation against the Jaguars, but it was annulled by & # 39; defensive penalty and abrasion Steelers plus & # 39; victory coming from behind . This time not so lucky. The errors were too much to overcome in & # 39; Denver.
The loss dropped & # 39; the Steelers to 7-3-1 and to the No. seed. 4 in the current picture of the AFC playoff. It can & # 39; is particularly important because there was a significant difference between games & # 39; Roethlisberger at home and on the road. this season
The Steelers will be back home in Week 13, and this is good for them because they need to find themselves again. They started the season with 2018 & # 39; track & # 39; 1-2-1 because of sloppy play and penalties profitable. The steel can not afford to return to that form with & # 39; hard cut & # 39; & # 39 opponents; forward and the Ravens on their heels in the AFC North.
The first f & # 39; December will be a game against the Chargers & # 39; Los Angeles, to seven & # 39; wins in their last eight games. Pittsburgh also has games against the Patriots and Saints also on the schedule. If the Steelers keep shooting in the foot way as they did against the Broncos, whose promising season will not amount to much.