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A dominant defensive effort was one of the reasons why the Steelers led the Broncos at halftime, 17-3. Pittsburgh’s defense, led by outside linebackers T.J. Watt and Bud Dupree, recorded four sacks and two turnovers during the game’s first 30 minutes. Dupree’s forced fumble of Drew Lock set up the game’s first score, a 2-yard touchdown run by James Conner. Pittsburgh added to their lead on Ben Roethlisberger’s 84-yard touchdown pass to rookie Chase Claypool.
Lock, following the hit from Dupree, left the game for good midway through the first quarter with a shoulder injury. Broncos rookie receiver Jerry Jeudy, whose 19-yard catch set up the Brandon McManus’ 49-yard field goal, is probable to return after sustaining a rib injury. Jeff Driskel, who entered the game in relief of Lock, was picked off by Steelers cornerback Joe Haden late in the half. Haden’s pick set up a Chris Boswell field goal.
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Steelers will get the ball to start the third quarter. One facet of Pittsburgh’s offense that could use improvement is on third down. Steelers 1-6 on third down in the first half. They get a nice return by Ray-Ray McCloud, who was one of the Steelers’ 53-man roster surprises coming out of camp.
Interesting first half nugget: Benny Snell just 1 first half carry after rushing for 113 yards on 19 carries last week. James Conner had 9 of Pittsburgh’s first half rushing attempts. Will be interesting to see if Snell gets more work this half. I would imagine that will be the case, assuming the Steelers will look to run more with a 14-point lead.
Broncos punting to end the half, Steelers heading into the locker room with a comfortable 17-3 lead. Pittsburgh’s offense did enough that half, especially with several new starters on the offensive line. Denver started off OK but Lock’s injury has certainly set them back. Broncos will need a turnover and/or a big play to get things turned around.
Driskel tests Steelers defense deep, tries to connect with K.J. Hamler but Hamler unable to hang on. I like Driskel’s toughness in the pocket. He knows he’s going to take a lick, but is hanging in there and keeping his eyes downfield.
Steelers elect to kick a field goal instead of trying to go for it. Mike Tomlin knows a 17-3 lead is going to be hard to come back from, especially considering the Broncos don’t have Lock and Jeudy.
Joe Haden’s interception has given the Steelers the ball deep in Broncos territory. Steelers now have 4 forced turnovers in the season’s first six quarters, picking up where they left off last season, when the led the league in forced turnovers.
McManus missed his 58-yard attempt. Things aren’t looking great for the Broncos, who have turned into a one-dimensional offense. And while the Steelers aren’t always getting to Driskel, their pressure is forcing him to throw early and inaccurately. That was the case on this past third down, as the Steelers are already at midfield to start their next drive.
The touchdown pass was the 368th for Big Ben, moving him past Eli Manning for the eighth highest total in league history. Roethlisberger is 9/16 for 173 yards and a touchdown in the first half.
Chase Claypool beats Michael Ojemudia for an 84-yard touchdown.Steelers will lead 14-3, pending the extra point.
The Steelers were very pleased with Claypool’s training camp, and Big Ben made it a point to get in extra throws with him during practice. Was also a great throw by Roethlisberger, as Claypool caught it in stride and raced down the near far sideline.
Watt sacks Jeudy on third down to force a Broncos’ punt. Diontae Johnson takes the ensuing punt back for a touchdown, Cam Sutton was flagged for an illegal block in the back (he shoved a defender who was close to tackling Johnson). So ball is placed back to the 16 yard-line. On very next play, Big Ben hits Chase Claypool for an 84-yard score.
Jeff Driskel actually gets outside on a PA on second down. He didn’t get hit, but the outside rush of Watt forced him to throw it away, Driskel hits Jeudy for a first down on the very next play, but Jeudy is still down after getting hit hard by Devin Bush. Not sure what it is, but Bush hit Jeudy’s right shoulder.
Steelers showing their offensive depth on this drive. Big Ben hitting James Washington and Diontae Johnson for completions. Conner also having success, getting the necessary yards for a first down. The right side of the Steelers’ re-tooled offensive line has more than held up so far.
Drew Lock has officially been ruled out of Sunday’s game. So it’s going to be Jeff Driskel the rest of the way. It’s being diagnosed as a right shoulder injury, which likely occurred on Dupree’s hit.
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