First thing’s first, let’s address the elephant in the room. The Steelers decided to protest the National Anthem today by staying off the sideline in response to President Trump’s recent comments about how NFL players who kneel during the anthem should be fired. Naturally, many people were pissed off about this, while many others supported the Steelers’ decision. Regardless of your stance on the situation (which hint: nobody gives a fuck), it was pretty cool to see former Army Ranger/Steelers Offensive Tackle, Alejandro Villanueva, standing outside the tunnel with his hand over his heart during the anthem while his teammates stood inside the tunnel behind him.
So how did the Steelers respond after making more headlines today for what they did before the game even started? They fucking stunk, to be quite frank.
Losing to a dog shit team like the Bears is simply something Super Bowl hopefuls don’t do. The Steelers, who opened the game with the third best odds to hoist the Lombardi Trophy (7-1), may have very well put a seed of doubt into the folks who the run the show in Vegas after today. This was a bad loss. And here’s the crazy part: this type of loss seems to be becoming a trend for the Steelers. Two years ago, it was to the 5-12 Ravens in week 17. Last year, it was a 34-3 loss to the 7-9 Eagles. And this year, it’s a 23-17 overtime loss to the Bears (who may or may not win three fucking games this season).
There’s no excuse for an offense as star-studded as Pittsburgh’s to manage only 282 yards against the Chicago Bears. Not when you have a future hall-of-fame quarterback in Big Ben, Le’Veon Bell in the backfield, and Antonio Brown, Martavis Bryant, and Ju-Ju Smith Schuster as wide receivers. This team should be putting up 35-points per game. Minimum. Not 17 against fucking Chicago.
Even with all that said, Bears cornerback Marcus Cooper was kind enough to make this a closer game than it actually needed to be today.
Thanks for making this one interesting, Marcus!
P.S. I’m not sure if the run defense is aware of this or not, but they, too, stunk very badly today. It’s never a good thing to give up 76 yards in 4 rush attempts in overtime, imho.