What stood out about the Steelers week 2 win over the Denver Broncos

What stood out about the Steelers’ week 2 win over the Denver Broncos

  • Ben Roethlisberger
  • Chase Claypool
  • Chris Boswell
  • Dionte Johnson
  • Kevin Dotson
  • NFL
  • Pittsburgh Steelers
  • T.J. Watt
  • Terrell Edmunds
  • Tyson Alualu
By Zach Szklenski September 21, 2020 0 Comment
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The Steelers continued to show improvement in their week 2 victory over the Denver Broncos. So far, their clutchness has really stood out.

Against the Denver Broncos in week 2, the Steelers had to come up clutch numerous times. The biggest moment of the game was the sack by Terrell Edmunds on 4th-and-2 deep in Steelers’ territory late in the game. Who knows what could’ve happened without this game-ending play? Additionally, that was significant because two years ago, a play like that simply would not have been made.

The defense got after Denver’s quarterbacks

The Steelers’ defense harassed the Broncos’ quarterbacks all day. They produced seven sacks, five of which came in the first half, two takeaways, and a safety.

They brought defensive back blitzes all game, so the Broncos’ o-line had no idea where the pressure would be coming from. And new starting defensive tackle Tyson Alualu had himself a heck of a day, getting involved with a batted ball and a sack.

How about the special teams!

Hardly anyone discusses special teams’ performance outside of missed-kicks late in the game. We acknowledge special teams and Brawl Network. And the Steelers week 2 special teams performance one deserves some applause.

The Steelers’ special teams on Sunday did not allow any long returns, produced a safety and covered kicks exceptionally well.

Returners Diontae Johnson and Ray-Ray McCloud had themselves a heck of a day returning punts and kickoffs, respectively. McCloud had a lightning-quick kickoff return of 49 yards and Johnson had a punt return of 18 yards. And Chris Boswell was perfect. He made all four of his kicks – three of which were extra points.

The offense HAS to be more consistent

The win over Denver saw some eye-popping plays from the offense such as the 84-yard Chase Claypool touchdown and Diontae Johnson’s 28-yard back-of-the-endzone grab. However, it also saw some blunders. Diontae Johnson fumbled on the Steelers’ first drive. Benny Snell 4th-quarter fumble almost cost them the game. And the offense was 2/12 on 3rd-downs.

Sunday marked the 25th-straight game the Steelers have committed a turnover, the longest Steelers turnover streak since the 1970 merger.

However, the Steelers’ defense is among the league’s best. If the offense can be what we saw flashes of on a more consistent basis as the season progresses, this team can go toe-t0e with any team in the NFL.

Two words: Chase. Claypool

How did the National Football League let the Steelers end up with yet another superstar receiver?

Chase Claypool has shown shades of his NFL-comparison, Calvin Johnson, throughout his first two games in the NFL.

Against the Broncos, Claypool finished with three catches, for 88 yards, and a touchdown, including his jaw-dropping 84-yard TD in the 2nd quarter. Chase Claypool is just a rookie too. This should be absolutely horrifying to NFL teams… the future is very bright for the young Notre Dame product.

Rookie right-guard Kevin Dotson vs the Denver Broncos

The 4th-round pick out of Louisiana faced a tremendous task after back-up guard Stefen Wisnieski got injured last week.

However, not only was up to the task, he was beyond it. In his first career NFL start, Dotson allowed zero QB pressures on 43 pass-blocking snaps. He is the only rookie o-lineman with 10+ pass-block snaps and NO quarterback pressures allowed. Dotson received the game-ball on Sunday afternoon, deservedly so, and he could very well be the future of that offensive line.

Is T.J. Watt up for the Defensive Player of the Year award again?

Some could argue that T.J. Watt was the best defender in the entire NFL last season, and it looks like he could be on his way to that again. Through the first two games of the season, Watt has 2.5 sacks (which leads the NFL), two tackle-for-losses, four quarterback hits, and a pick.

If he puts up even better numbers than last year’s campaign, there is almost no way he can be denied that award for the second consecutive year.

Final thoughts on the Steelers week 2 performance

As mentioned earlier, this team has the clutch-gene. If the offense can minimize turnovers and convert on more 3rd-downs, while having a consistent amount of splash-plays, the sky is the limit for this team.

We all know the Steelers have a Super Bowl-caliber defense. And it certainly showed yet again against the Denver Broncos. Once this offense finally full-fire clicks, the entire NFL should immediately be put on notice.

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