The Pittsburgh Steelers host the Buffalo Bills in Week 10. Both teams are desperate for a win, sitting in last place in their respective divisions.
The Bills are coming off a heartbreaking loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, and the Steelers’ poor season hit another new low, getting whipped by the New England Patriots. Playoff hopes look dim for both teams, but a win will go a long way toward improving morale.
Trailing 17-10 in the third quarter, Ryan attempts a deep pass up the right side of the field against Carolina’s four-deep, three-under defense. As you can see, with Carolina’s forward-looking deep cover-2 look, that’s a very tough throw.
The Tony Gonzalez route (right hand side of the offense at tight end) doesn’t draw the intended attention from the playside safety, Quinton Mikell, and he flips his hips in time to put himself in a position to make the play. Mikell tips the ball and linebacker Thomas Davis (look at how deep he’s playing!) makes an athletic play to catch the tipped pass:
What’s worse than losing to the Oakland Raiders? Probably setting a franchise record for most points allowed the very next week. The Patriots hung 55 points on the Steelers, leading to questions about defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau’s ability to build a competitive defense in the modern NFL. The offense has its own problems — Antonio Brown was benched during the fourth quarter for poor performance.
The Steelers are now 2-6 and their divisional title hopes are all but dead. It’s fair to wonder if the coaching staff will see any shakeup after missing the playoffs two years in a row.