Gridiron Report: Steelers Take Down Colts 24-17 in Primetime

Written By Anthony Cugini, Sports Columnist

The Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Indianapolis Colts 24-17 on Monday Night Football.

Kenny Pickett played his most complete game yet as he completed difficult throws during both the first and second half which helped the Steelers offense from being stagnant as it has been in past weeks. Though Pickett wasn’t the only reason the offense looked to be above average.

Running Back Najee Harris picked up an abdominal injury in the first half which opened the door for backup Benny Snell Jr. to shine. Snell rushed for 62 yards and a touchdown as he stepped up for Pittsburgh. If Harris were to be out in the future, Snell looks to be more than a suitable replacement.

The Colts terrible offense helped the Steelers defense look much better as Indianapolis missed countless opportunities. 

In the third quarter with the Steelers leading 16-10, the Colts put together a solid drive but were forced to attempt a field goal after being stopped on third down. Steelers cornerback Cameron Sutton gave the Colts a second life after he jumped offsides on the field goal attempt which gave Indianapolis a free first down.

A few plays later the Steelers had another opportunity to keep the Colts out of the endzone. On third down, Minkah Fitzpatrick was flagged for pass interference which gave the Colts yet another first down due to penalties. 

On the next play, Colts running back Jonathan Taylor fumbled the ball as he tried to receive the handoff and the Steelers took advantage as Chris Wormley pounced on the ball to get Pittsburgh possession. The Colts had three different opportunities to take the lead and failed to convert any of them.

Though a win feels good for us Steelers fans, there are still very obvious issues within the team that have yet to be fixed.

Most likely the biggest issue, and possibly the biggest complaint amongst fans, is the lack of an offensive coordinator. Matt Canada’s offense is the most predictable offense I’ve seen in a very long time. It seems as if he bases his play calling off “Offense for Dummies” and it appears he only read half way through.

Wide receiver Diontae Johnson also looks abysmal. He continues to make the same mistakes each game. He runs backwards after making a catch and he drops passes he shouldn’t. These issues were glaring on Monday night as he dropped a should-be touchdown pass from Pickett in the fourth quarter.

With the win the Steelers improve to 4-7 on the season. Next up for Pittsburgh is a road trip to Atlanta where they’ll take on the Falcons. Atlanta sits at 5-7 on the season after losing to the Commanders on Sunday. This looks to be another winnable game for Pittsburgh as they look to build off of their second win in their last three games.