Gridiron Report: Steelers obliterated 35-13 by Eagles

Written By Anthony Cugini, Sports Columnist

On Sunday the Pittsburgh Steelers were beaten 35-13 by their cross-state rival, the Philadelphia Eagles.

It didn’t seem to be a hard one to predict coming into the game. The Steelers have played terribly all season while the Eagles were yet to lose a game. The game followed the script to a tee. 

The Eagles offense seemed to move up field as they pleased as they dominated Pittsburgh. The Steelers’ secondary was especially bad as they allowed 308 total passing yards and four touchdowns. Eagles wide receiver A.J. Brown was phenomenal as he recorded 156 receiving yards and three touchdowns.

Today made it very clear the Steelers didn’t have a number one cornerback. There isn’t one defensive back on the roster that can cover receivers of Brown’s caliber and that showed.

Pittsburgh wasn’t much better on the offensive side of the ball as rookie quarterback Kenny Pickett struggled once again. Pickett threw yet another interception, upping his season total to eight. 

Pickett’s touchdown to interception ratio is one of the worst for a starting quarterback in recent history. I understand it’s only been five games but he’s going to have to turn it around soon if he wants to give fans any hope for his future. 

The highlight of the day for Pittsburgh was the success of a trick play which resulted in a touchdown. Receiver Chase Claypool passed the ball to fullback Derek Watt in the endzone for a one-yard touchdown. Claypool is now just one passing touchdown away from equaling Pickett’s season total. 

At the moment, it’s hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel for Pittsburgh. Pickett is still yet to have a good game and the defense looks worse than ever. I hate to be so negative, but maybe it’s time to start hoping for a high draft pick. 

If the season ended today, the Steelers would have the third or fourth pick in the draft. This would be their highest selection in the draft since the 1970 draft where they drafted Terry Bradshaw with the first overall pick.

The Steelers will look to regroup during their upcoming bye week. After the bye, the Steelers will host the New Orleans Saints. The Saints are currently 3-5 on the season after they beat the Las Vegas Raiders 24-0. Hopefully Pittsburgh can figure out at least a few of their problems during their week off.