The Pittsburgh Steelers and the Philadelphia Eagles battled it out in the “Battle for Pennsylvania” bragging rights on Sunday afternoon.
This year’s winner for the bragging rights were the Eagles- and they won by a long shot. The Steelers quickly fell to the Eagles, resulting in their first loss of the year. Meanwhile, Eagles’ head coach Doug Pederson is the first Eagles’ coach to win the first three games of the season.
The Steelers had the opportunity to get points on the board with a Chris Boswell field goal. However, the field goal was blocked by the Eagles’ special teams. Boswell had another field goal attempt, from 40 yards, and converted it, scoring the only points for the Steelers.
Meanwhile, the Eagles went to town against the Steelers’ defense. Kicker Caleb Sturgis put the first points up for the Eagles, converting a 29-yard field goal (Sturgis also converted a 38-yard field goal in the second quarter). After Sturgis’ field goal, it was time for touchdowns.
The Eagles’ first touchdown came in the second quarter from Jordan Matthews, off a 12-yard pass from rookie quarterback from North Dakota State University Carson Wentz. Wentz also found Darren Sproles in the third quarter for a long, 73-yard touchdown. The third quarter produced two more touchdowns, both rushing touchdowns, from Wendell Smallwood and Kenjon Barner. There were no points scored in the fourth quarter.
The Steelers had a horrendous day on offense, as DeAngelo Williams was held to only 21 yards on eight carries. The receivers didn’t help much, especially Markus Wheaton. Wheaton returned from injury, but not in the fashion he would have liked; Wheaton dropped three passes from Roethlisberger and only made one reception for a meager two yards.
Antonio Brown led the Steelers’ receivers with 12 receptions and 140 yards. Sammie Coates was behind him with three receptions for 50 yards. As for tight end Jesse James, he only recorded two receptions for 10 yards.
Roethlisberger did all he could to salvage the Steelers’ chances. He threw for 257 yards on 24/44 completed passes. Roethlisberger did throw an interception in the fourth quarter, but other than that he looked clean. However, his receivers couldn’t help him out.
The defense certainly didn’t either. It seemed that every play the Steelers produced on defense, a player would get injured. Robert Golden was the first injured player, followed by Ryan Shazier, who went in and out the entire game. Lawrence Timmons was taken to a nearby Philadelphia hospital for further evaluation and Jarvis Jones was injured during the game too.
The secondary, besides Golden’s injury, didn’t suffer too much on the injury front. However, they were out ran and out played by the Eagles, as Wentz threw for 301 yards in the air off 23/31 completed passes. Rookies Artie Burns and Sean Davis did not impress in the loss.
The Steelers will now face the Kansas City Chiefs, who picked off New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick six times today, on Sunday, October 2, at 8:30 p.m. on prime-time Sunday Night Football. The game will be played at Heinz Field.
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