Gridiron Report: Steelers Defeat Bears 29-27

Written By Anthony Cugini, Staff Writer

The Pittsburgh Steelers snuck out with a 29-27 win over the Chicago Bears.

Steelers kicker Chris Boswell was the unlikely hero of the game as he hit three field goals, including the game winning kick. Boswell also found himself in the right place at the right time during a kick return. After cornerback James Pierre stripped the ball loose, it went right into the chest of Boswell to give Pittsburgh possession.

The Steelers’ defense played well in the first half as they had only allowed three points. Bears rookie quarterback Justin Fields began to pick apart the defense in the second half as he finished with 291 yards and a touchdown. The Bears run game was also effective as they ran for a total of 136 yards.

Defensive end Cam Heyward and linebacker T.J. Watt performed well once again. Cam Heyward intercepted a tipped pass at the line of scrimmage giving him his first pick of the season. T.J. Watt continued to make his case for Defensive Player of the Year as he finished the game with a season-high three sacks.

With the defense playing below their standards, the offense needed to step up. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had another solid game as he completed 21 of 30 passes for 205 yards and two touchdowns. Both of those touchdowns went to rookie tight end Pat Freiermuth who continues to improve with each week.

Rookie running back Najee Harris rushed for only 62 yards against a Bears defense missing their star linebacker Khalil Mack. Though Harris also had a touchdown to add to his statline.

There was plenty of controversy surrounding penalties in this primetime matchup though two specific instances especially. On second and goal at the one yard-line, the Bears were threatening to score. Quarterback Justin Fields rolled out and found tight end Jimmy Graham for the touchdown, though the refs threw a flag. They called a low block penalty on guard James Daniels. Daniels did block T.J. Watt around his shin though the rule says you must be outside of the tight ends in order for it to be illegal. The replay showed Daniels clearly wasn’t outside of the tight ends and that he barely made contact with T.J.

The other call that is causing plenty of controversy was a taunting penalty. Linebacker Cassius Marsh sacked Roethlisberger to make it fourth down. Pittsburgh would now have to punt. Marsh walked towards the Steelers’ bench and stared into their direction. The referee saw this as taunting and gave the Steelers an automatic first down. In the end, the taunting penalty helped the Steelers get into field goal position where they added another three points.

Despite all of the controversy the Steelers add another win to their record. Pittsburgh now sits alone in second place in the AFC North behind only Baltimore. The Steelers will take on the Detroit Lions next week as they look to gain ground on the Ravens. The Lions sit 0-8 on the season as they haven’t yet won a game. The Lions are coming off of a bye week after getting beat by the Philadelphia Eagles 44-6. The Steelers have to be careful to not underestimate Detroit as they’ve done to bad teams in the past.