The Chicago Bears looked every bit like a playoff team Sunday night in a 40-23 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Pittsburgh fell to 0-3 on the season and their playoff hopes have almost completely slipped away. Ben Roethlisberger threw for over 400 yards, but the Steelers turned the ball over four times.
The Bears ran like a well-oiled machine as they improved to 3-0 on the season. Jay Cutler was efficient, completing over 60 percent of his passes and throwing one touchdown.
The difference in the game was the turnovers by Pittsburgh. Statistically, the Steelers blew the Bears out of the water. Chicago had 15 first downs compared Pittsburgh’s 21. The Steelers also finished the game with 459 total yards, while the Bears only managed 258 yards.
However, the Bears held the ball three minutes longer than the Steelers and controlled the pace of the game with Matt Forte on the ground. Forte ran for 87 yards and scored one touchdown. He also had four receptions for 24 yards.
Antonio Brown was the big star for the Steelers on Sunday Night Football. The speedy wide receiver finished the game with nine receptions for 196 yards and two touchdowns. It was a breakout night for the Steelers young star.
However, Brown’s numbers wouldn’t have been so inflated if the running game had done its job. Neither Pittsburgh back could run for over 40 yards, and Ben Roethlisberger had no choice, but to throw the ball. Unfortunately, Roethlisberger wasn’t on his game. He completed 26 of 41 passes and tossed two interceptions. His second interception was a critical red zone turnover.
After last night’s game, the Bears sit alone atop the NFC North and the Steelers sit in the basement of the AFC North. Head coach Marc Trestman looks like he’s completely in control in Chicago. Jay Cutler is playing smart football and the defense looks just as dangerous as ever.
It’s clear after Sunday Night Football that the once great Steelers have lost their way. The entire team looks lost and confused as the season keeps drifting away.
Were you surprised the Bears beat the Steelers so easily Sunday night?
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