After the first three weeks of the NFL, one narrative that hung around Pittsburgh was that the Steelers couldn’t score in the First Quarter. The Black and Gold went 10 Consecutive Games without scoring in the first 15 minutes, but since the trip to Green Bay, that narrative has been changed. Ben Roethlisberger hit Diaonte Johnson on the opening drive at Lambeau Field for Career Touchdown number 400. On Sunday at Heinz Field, that new trend continued between Big Ben and Johnson.
In the Opening Drive, Roethlisberger hit Johnson for a 50 yard connection and 6 points. The Steelers maintained the lead all afternoon from this point. The Offense looked pretty well balanced. Najee Harris ran for 122 yards on the ground and one Touchdown. This was his first triple-digit rushing game with Pittsburgh and the first 100 yard rushing game for the Steelers since Week 11 at Jacksonville last year. Chase Claypool had a big game as well. He had 5 Receptions for 130 receiving yards and his first Touchdown this year. The Rookie had 9 last year.
This Game got interesting in the Final Quarter. Denver scored two Touchdowns in about 5 minutes. James Pierre got toasted on a play by Courtland Sutton, but he’d make up for it later. Chris Boswell avoided Sunday’s trend of missed Field Goals in the League. A 43 yarder made it an 8 point game. In Denver’s last shot to come back, Pierre picked off Teddy Bridgewater in the endzone to secure the game.
Steelers back in the Win column the defeated Denver 27-19.
Next week, the Steelers will play Prime Time Sunday Night as they host the Seattle Seahawks. Quarterback Russel Wilson recently had surgery on his middle finger. He’s expected to be out at least 4 to 6 weeks. Back up Geno Smith will face the Defense of the Black and Gold next Sunday night.