The Pittsburgh Steelers entered Week 5 far from where fans expected them as the regular season began. Most would have assumed they would be .500 or better, but their 1-3 record, losing three straight, has black and gold fans around the globe scratching their heads.
Desperately needing a win, the Steelers welcomed the Denver Broncos (3-1) to Heinz Field for a Week 5 showdown between AFC rivals. Denver was able to win the opening coin toss, putting Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers’ offense on the field first.
Last week vs. the Green Bay Packers the Steelers scored a touchdown on their opening drive, and they repeated that vs. the Broncos Sunday. With the offense spreading the ball around, and mixing in the runs by Najee Harris, it was Roethlisberger who found Diontae Johnson for a 50-yard bomb for the touchdown.
Chris Boswell’s extra point was good, making the score 7-0 with 12:02 left in the first quarter.
After the Steelers’ defense got an early 3-and-out, Pittsburgh’s offense picked up right where it left off; however, with the offense nearing midfield Roethlisberger was hit from behind and fumbled. The ball was recovered by the Broncos, setting them up in field goal range.
The Steelers’ defense did their job, and didn’t surrender a first down, forcing a Broncos field goal, which was good, to make the score 7-3 with 1:43 left in the first quarter.
Pittsburgh’s offense was nearing midfield at the end of the first quarter.