The Steelers shuts down the NFL’s top scoring offense 25-13 behind….Landry Jones!
The Pittsburgh Steelers continued their winning ways improving to 4-2 behind the arm of Landry Jones vs. the Arizona Cardinals.
Despite scoring 38 points per game, the Cardinals high-powered offense were held to only 1 touchdown and a pair of field goals vs. the Steelers defense.
Steelers are 26th against the pass, 23rd in total defense but 5th in points allowed.
— Mark Kaboly (@MarkKaboly_Trib) October 19, 2015
The same defense that has been often mocked since week 1 of the regular season has been the primary cause of the Steelers success.
And, with the Steelers 2-1 since Ben Roethlisberger’s injury, Pittsburgh is one win away from his return, and one win away from a wave of momentum that is growing larger.
Steelers Defense: The Pittsburgh Steelers defense have caused 9 turnovers since their season opening loss to New England.
— Dom Rinelli (@drinelli) October 18, 2015
A forced fumble by James Harrison, and a fumble recovery and interception by Mike Mitchell helped seal the fates of the Arizona Cardinals offense.
Despite the secondary being lit up for 414 yards, the Steelers still managed to make key stops and force turnovers in clutch, crucial moments.
Welcome Back Bryant: Martavis Bryant’s return to the Steelers after a 4 game suspension couldn’t have come at a better time.
— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) October 20, 2015
Bryant’s 6 catches for 137 yards boosted the yet again stagnant offense of the Steelers late in the game. An 88 yard reception with 2 minutes to go in the game put the Cardinals away for good.
The Next Man Up: Landry Jones, a name most Steeler fans typically would have no interest seeing on the field, shocked the world vs. Arizona.
Steelers QB Landry Jones on Sunday: Score Score Score Score Kneel pic.twitter.com/0u4uUGicIx
— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) October 19, 2015
After Mike Vick fell to an injury, Landry Jones took the field and passed for 168 yards in just 8 passes for 2 touchdowns and an 149.3 quarterback rating.
Going forward, Jones will find himself starting vs. the Kansas City Chiefs to hold down the fort one more time before Big Ben’s return. Jones showed that he can lead the offense in a positive manner in his short stint under center vs. Arizona. Now, he will be looked upon to perform a full 4 quarters, likely without a backup vs. the Chiefs.
Injuries: Kelvin Beachum was on pace to perhaps a pro bowl year at left tackle. Most importantly for him, a contract year which likely could have earned him a long-term deal worth $7-8 million per.
Great team win…gotta keep on stacking them! On another note..y'all keep my brotha @KelvinBeachumJr in your prayers
— Marcus Gilbert (@MarcusGilbert88) October 18, 2015
However a torn ACL has derailed those ambitions for the big man this season.
A versatile lineman and key contributor to the O-line’s success despite being without pro-bowler Maukrice Pouncey, the Steelers again must regroup and fight up-hill without another talented lineman.
I'm a great admirer of @KelvinBeachumJr as an NFL player. But he's all that times 1,000 as a human being. Pray for the best in his recovery.
— Dejan Kovacevic (@Dejan_Kovacevic) October 18, 2015
Secondary: At some point, the Steelers secondary is going to have to consistently be able to stop the pass. Specifically, the secondary will have to fix their holes with a looming date with the Cincinnati Bengals occurs.
Mike Vick: We all at some point expected that Mike Vick would either continue to play bad OR get injured. It’s just his history by this stage in his career.
Perhaps we did not expect BOTH to occur simultaneously but that is what Steelers fans are faced with.
Tomlin: If Mike Vick and Ben cannot go, will look at bringing someone in or Tyler Murphy to back up Landry Jones
— Ed Bouchette (@EdBouchette) October 20, 2015
Mike Vick will likely miss the Kansas City game with a slight tear in his hamstring. However, the team is moving forward in starting Landry Jones, and Ben Roethlisberger is likely to take the field in another week.
Is this the last time we have seen Mike Vick play in the NFL?
Linebacker injuries: Fans are grumbling and growing impatient with Ryan Shazier’s absence on the field as well as Jarvis Jones.
#Steelers Mike Tomlin on injuries: Tuitt (knee sprain), take a look. Walking pretty good. Jarvis Jones and Ryan Shazier should play
— Ed Bouchette (@EdBouchette) October 20, 2015
Jones has been underwhelming to say the least in his 3 years in a Steelers jersey. And, Shazier has now missed 3 games for Pittsburgh in his own right.
Although both are expected to play vs. Kansas City, one may wonder if they really SHOULD as well as if they’ll be able to refrain from injury again long-term.
Antonio Brown’s outburst(s): Antonio Brown HAS to RELAX. His berating of Landry Jones, albeit knowing he’s passionate about success, left a bad taste in the mouths of many fans.
Antonio Brown giving QB Landry Jones grief for that last pass that hit him in the foot.
— Ed Bouchette (@EdBouchette) October 18, 2015
Brown has already been getting dirty looks for not so subtle comments about needing the ball more. And, despite being the best wide receiver in the NFL, fans and local media alike don’t want to see another Mike Wallace-like situation and ugliness with Antonio Brown.