Skip to main content

Palko helps cure Steelers' lack of turnovers

The Pittsburgh Steelers sure know how to make an inferior opponent look good on Sunday night.

After escaping a game with the terrible Indianapolis Colts earlier this season, the Steelers survived the Kansas City Chiefs.

A defense that had six takeaways all season entering the game took four away from Chiefs quarterback Tyler Palko in Sunday's 13-9 win. The clincher was an interception by Keenan Lewis with less than a minute to go.

And you have to thank Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe for his lack of effort on the game-ending interception. Bowe looked deathly afraid to take a hit with the game on the line.

But for as strong as the defense looked, the offense never found a rhythm.

Throughout Sunday's game, the announcers praised the Chiefs' defense. However, the Chiefs had the 28th-ranked rush defense in the league, and Rashard Mendenhall picked up just 57 yards for the game.

However, when Mendenhall did get the ball, he looked strong.

Roethlisberger looked fine playing with a broken thumb, and Antonio Brown looked good, but the offense never really came together.

Perhaps if Mewelde Moore doesn't fumble early in the game things are different.

Any maybe it was just a case of the Steelers playing sluggish football after the bye week against an inferior opponent.

They won't have that luxury against the Bengals at Heinz Field on Sunday.


Popular posts from this blog

So much for Byron the great backup

I never understood the Steelers' fascination with their backup quarterbacks.

They've had either Charlie Batch and Byron Leftwich for what seems like ages now.

And when the Steelers really needed a backup, Leftwich couldn't deliver.

Leftwich rambled 31 yards for a touchdown Sunday against the Ravens, but other than that burst, the Steelers couldn't do anything on offense in a 13-10 loss that puts them in a bad position in the AFC North.

Leftwich, with his long delivery, looks better suited for the Pirates' bullpen than behind center.

He went 18-for-39 passing for 201 yards, but couldn't help a Steelers' offense that looks lost right now.

The Ravens came into the game with a weak defense. The thought was Leftwich could manage the game, the Steelers could find a running back to rely on and they'd escape with a win.

It didn't work out that way.

And it looks like we could see Batch at QB this week -- or someone else.

The Steelers are worried about Leftw…