Pittsburgh Steelers @ Tennessee Titans (27-24 Steelers)
Mike The Ace @TheAceWriter
Two of the most talented teams in the AFC faced off in a battle this week. The undefeated Tennessee Titans hosted the undefeated Pittsburgh Steelers. This game was a highly anticipated matchup, and it did not disappoint.
The Steelers started off hot offensively. They used a nice combination of running plays and short throws to keep the Titans defense off balance in the first half. The Pittsburgh defense matched that energy, holding Derrick Henry to just 27 rushing yards in the first half. After two quarters of play, the Steelers held a commanding 24-7 lead.
The second half is where things got interesting. Following a Steelers field goal, Titans wide receiver AJ Brown was able to snap off a 73-yard touchdown on a nice catch and run. The two teams would exchange three-and-outs on the following possessions, before Steelers’ QB Ben Roethlisberger was intercepted in Steelers territory.
Tennessee settled for a field goal and were now down 27-17. The Steelers second half struggles continued with another punt, after a quick 5-play drive on the following possession. The Titans offense rewarded their defense’s effort, and cashed in with a 70-yard drive that ended with a Derrick Henry touchdown. The Steelers defense almost had a goal line stand, but gave the Titans extra plays after a defensive holding call on 4th & goal.
The Steelers were now up just 3 points after seemingly having this game under control. Big Ben & the offense responded well, taking up a lot of game clock and getting in field goal range. With a chance to go up at least another 3 points, Roethlisbeger turned the ball over again, throwing an interception in the end zone.
Titans’ QB Ryan Tannehill had 2:34 left in the game to move his team down the field to tie or even take the lead. The offense did their job, and were looking at a 45-yard field goal to send the game to overtime. Kicker Stephen Gostkowski missed, pushing the kick to the right, and sealing the victory for Pittsburgh.
This was one of the best games I’ve seen all year. Both defenses had dominant stretches throughout the game, putting a lot of pressure on either quarterback. The Steelers remain undefeated and take on their longtime rivals, the Baltimore Ravens, in week 8. The Titans turn their attention to the Cincinnati Bengals.
Seattle Seahawks @ Arizona Cardinals (37-34 Cardinals)
This week’s marquee Sunday night football matchup was of up and coming Kyler Murray, and MVP candidate Russell Wilson. This game produced over 1,000 yards in total offense. Murray came out victorious with some amazing throws down the stretch of regulation and in overtime, while Wilson held the team back with untimely turnovers.
Russell Wilson had a good game stat wise going 33/50 for 388 passing yards and 84 rushing yards with 3 Touchdowns but also 3 costly interceptions. The first interception was in the red zone on the Arizona 2 yard line. Safety Budda Baker made the play, and if it wasn’t for the heroics of DK Metcalf hawking him down and tackling him on the Seattle 9-yard line, it would have been a pick 6.
The second interception was on a deep pass to Metcalf that sailed on him, and cornerback Patrick Peterson intercepted it in the end zone for a touchback. The last interception was in overtime, with a pass intended for receiver Tyler Lockett. There was some sort of miscommunication and he did not turn around, and the pass went right to Cardinals rookie Isaiah Simmons. Wilson was still able to make plays and keep the Seahawks in the game. Tyler Lockett went insane with 15 catches, 200 yards and 3 touchdowns, but the turnovers eventually became their downfall.
Kyler Murray had another impressive game, going 34/48 with 360 passing yards with 3 TDs and an interception. He also added 67 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown. Kyler did have an interception right after Russell Wilson’s second pick, but he still made the plays at the end to seal the victory. I also liked the play of running back Chase Edmonds, with Kenyan Drake going down with an ankle sprain. Edmonds had 145 total yards, and I’m excited to see what RPOs will look like in the future with him and Murray in the back field.
Like I said last week, the Cardinals still need to get the offense 100% clicking. I think slowly but surely they are coming into their own. They had four receivers going over 50 yards passing. Reciever Christian Kirk had 37 receiving yards, but 2 TDs as a red zone threat. I really like them going forward as they look to take control of the NFC West. These two teams play again on November 19th. We will see if the Cardinals are the real deal, or did Wilson’s uncharacteristic turnovers (3 ints through the first 4 games), give the Cardinals the game.