There’s no denying Ben Roethlisberger made a bad decision in OT. There’s no denying Tony Romo played excellent (30/42, 341 yards, two TDs, no picks). There’s no denying the Steelers’ running game (just 68 yards net) is anemic.
But there’s also no denying that Antonio Brown put a sure win on the carpet, or that he’s emblematic of the Young Money Punks, a/k/a the Steelers’ receivers.
Brown’s fourth quarter was a gong show: He coughed up a crucial fumble that led to the Cowboys’ tying TD. He chickened out of fielding a punt, allowing Dallas to gain valuable field position. He ill-advisedly ran out of bounds after a completion, giving the Cowboys more clock to work with once they got the ball.
Brown did catch a touchdown – just his third this season after signing a five-year, $42.5 million contract extension.
As they say in Big D, the Young Money Punks are all hat and no cattle.
The Steelers were in yesterday’s game only because Roethlisberger made two incredible plays: His triple-pump 30-yard touchdown pass to Heath Miller in the second quarter, and his 60-yard third-quarter bomb to Mike Wallace that set up Jonathan Dwyer’s 1-yard TD. But those throws don’t eliminate Ben’s mistake.
The Steelers’ defense got a big stop late in regulation. But it allowed 415 total yards, got just one takeaway and posted just one sack. It doesn’t make plays.
It matters little: If the Steelers win out, they make the playoffs.
But the Steelers have now lost four of five and there seems to be a general malaise about the team. Whatever can go wrong, does, and they wait for it to happen.
Ocho y ocho. So it was said. So it will come to pass.
Hey, if fumbling gets you benched, why did Brown keep playing? Young money = ATM: Atrocious Turnover Machine.
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