The Pittsburgh Steelers were 20-13 victors over the Cleveland Browns in Week 13 at Heinz Field, and they didn’t just do it with defense. No, the offense had plenty to do with the team’s 7th win of the 2019 regular season.
This season the Steelers have been leaned on a young, fast and athletic defense to keep them in football games. Making the big play when it matters the most to turn the tide in their favor.
The Week 12 win over the Cincinnati Bengals was the perfect example of this. A defensive battle where the offense couldn’t do anything right until Devlin Hodges took over. But when a play was needed, it was Devin Bush causing a fumble of Tyler Boyd which put the Steelers over the top en route to a 16-10 win.
This past Sunday the defense was able to make the big plays again, but also had some help from the offense, for once. Bryan Baldinger, or “Baldy”, of the NFL Network always takes to his verified Twitter account to break down games in his “Baldy Breakdown” segments. With the Steelers vs. Browns game being must-see TV for the avid football fan, you better believe he did some breakdowns of the big AFC North clash.
Here is his breakdown of the defensive game, mainly the pass defense:
.@Browns v @steelers and the #Steelers keep sacking QB’s; taking the ball away; and playing airtight pass defense. #BaldysBreakdowns pic.twitter.com/MsayD8leYc— Brian Baldinger (@BaldyNFL) December 2, 2019
It has been a while since Baldinger was able to talk about the Steelers’ offense, but he had plenty talk about about with Devlin Hodges and big passes to James Washington, Tevin Jones and Diontae Johnson.
Check out the offensive breakdown below:
.@steelers @DevlinHodges10 and the #MadDuckCaller found his group of wide receivers #jameswashington #diontaeJohnson #TevinJones for big plays. Beat sticky coverage much of the day. Is the Burgh learning how to properly Duck Call yet? #BaldysBreakdowns pic.twitter.com/rvMjCH1aaP— Brian Baldinger (@BaldyNFL) December 2, 2019
The Steelers are riding high on a two-game winning streak, and winners in 7 of their last 9 games. But in Week 14 when they travel to play the Arizona Cardinals, getting that key turnover won’t be as easy as it has been. At least not on paper.
The Cardinals have only turned the ball over 9 times (6 INT, 3 Fumbles) through 12 football games, so while it isn’t impossible it certainly isn’t likely the Steelers can lean on that big takeaway which has been a calling card of the team throughout the season.
Either way, Week 14, like every game for the duration of the season, is huge for the Steelers’ playoff hopes. Win, and you’re in. Lose, and you’ll need help. Stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes on the team heading into Week 14.