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Week 10 Game Recap: Pittsburgh Steelers 20, Indianapolis Colts 17

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Pittsburgh Steelers

The Steelers came from behind with 17 second-half points to win their fourth consecutive game by a score of 20-17 over the Indianapolis Colts. The Steelers offense was unable to find any rhythm until the third quarter when their back was against the wall. After the game, Mike Tomlin said that Joe Haden broke his fibula and is out indefinitely. Mike Mitchell also left the game and was carted to the locker room with a right ankle injury.

Indianapolis Colts

The Colts offense and Jacoby Brissett did not play well. The Colts offensive production in terms of yards and points largely came on two plays. Donte Moncrief came wide open running a very nice double move for a 60 yard touchdown and Chester Rogers scored a 61 yard touchdown thanks to a blown coverage. The Colts were otherwise unable to sustain offense and get first downs. Frank Gore saw a lot of carries early in the game and found success, but the Colts got away from the run game in the second half despite leading. TY Hilton was almost a non-factor with only 4 targets after being questionable with a groin injury. Jack Doyle was also not very involved in the offense and had an ugly drop that led to an easy interception for Ryan Shazier. Marlon Mack made plays on his limited touches but took a backseat to the reliable Gore.

Pittsburgh Steelers

QB Ben Roethlisberger, 66 offensive snaps, Pass: 19 - 31 - 236 - 2 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 2 - 5 - 0
Ben Roethlisberger completed 19 out of 31 passing attempts for 236 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. On the second play from scrimmage, Roethlisberger targeted Martavis Bryant with a deep pass that was underthrown and intercepted. After a slow first half, Roethlisberger was resilient passing for 164 yards and two touchdowns during the remainder of the game. Mid third quarter on a first and goal, Roethlisberger completed a seven-yard touchdown pass to JuJu Smith-Schuster. On the play, Roethlisberger was able to quickly get rid of the ball as soon as Smith-Schuster got open. Early fourth quarter on a third and goal, Roethlisberger found tight end Vance McDonald wide-open in the right side of the end zone. On the play, Roethlisberger was able to buy time in the pocket until he noticed McDonald all alone on the right side of the field. On the following play, Roethlisberger found Bryant while running in stride for a successful two-point conversion. With just over three minutes left in the game, Roethlisberger led a ten-play 70-yard drive which resulted in the game winning field goal.

RB LeVeon Bell, 65 offensive snaps, Rush: 26 - 80 - 0, Rec: 5 - 32 - 0 (6 targets)
Leveon Bell finished with 26 rushing attempts for 80 yards. He added five receptions for 32 yards in the passing game. Bell was often met at or around the line of scrimmage by Colts defenders. The Steelers were persistent and kept putting the ball in the running back’s hands throughout the game. The team is now 6-0 this season when Bell has at least 25 touches.

WR JuJu Smith-Schuster, 53 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 97 - 1 (7 targets)
JuJu Smith-Schuster kept his hot-streak going with five receptions for 97 yards and one touchdown. Smith-Schuster looked sharp while running his routes and has developed chemistry with his quarterback. Mid third quarter on a first and goal, Smith-Schuster ran a quick slant for a seven-yard touchdown reception. On the play, Smith-Schuster was able to find an open area in the middle of the end zone for the touchdown.

WR Martavis Bryant, 37 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - -9 - 0, Rec: 3 - 42 - 0 (5 targets)
Martavis Bryant returned after serving his one-game team suspension. Bryant finished with only three receptions for 42 yards but had a few impactful plays. The wide receiver scored on a two-point conversion to tie the game early in the fourth quarter. On the play, Bryant ran a crossing-route and beat the coverage for the two-point conversion. With less than a minute left in the fourth quarter on third and four, Bryant ran a crossing-route for a 19-yard reception. On the play, Bryant did a fabulous job picking up yards after the reception and getting out of bounds. This play helped to set up the Steelers game-winning field goal.

WR Antonio Brown, 63 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 47 - 0 (7 targets)
Antonio Brown finished with three receptions for 47 yards. Early second quarter, Brown was open while running down the right sideline, but Ben Roethlisberger was unable to connect for the reception. Brown had only two receptions for 15 yards until very late in the game. He was able to draw multiple pass interference penalties. With 45 seconds left in the fourth quarter, Brown ran a delayed crossing-route for a 32-yard reception. On the play, Brown outran multiple Colts defenders before running out of bounds on the left sideline. This play set up the Steelers game-winning field goal.

TE Vance McDonald, 30 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 16 - 1 (2 targets)
Early fourth quarter on a third and goal, Vance McDonald ran a crossing-route for a seven-yard touchdown reception. On the play, McDonald was able to escape coverage and was wide open for the easy touchdown.

Indianapolis Colts

QB Jacoby Brissett, 59 offensive snaps, Pass: 14 - 24 - 222 - 2 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 4 - 7 - 0
The Colts offense could not get anything going on their first two possessions. The first sign of life for the offense came when Jacoby Brissett connected with Donte Moncrief, who came wide open running a double move, for a 60 yard touchdown to get the Colts on the board. Brissett put together another scoring drive on the Colts ensuing possession. Brissett connected with TY Hilton, Chester Rogers, and Marlon Mack for first downs to set up a field goal attempt. Brissett held the ball too long and took an ugly sack to stall the Colts final possession of the half. Brissett connected with Rogers twice to open the second half first to convert a 3rd down. Then Brissett found Rogers wide open downfield on a blown coverage for a 61 yard touchdown. The Colts gained one first down on their next two possessions and the first down was thanks to on a hands to the face penalty on Pittsburgh. Brissett was examined after taking a hit to the head but did not miss a snap. Brissett was intercepted on the ensuing possession. His pass went through the hands of Jack Doyle right to Ryan Shazier. The Colts went three and out on their next drive with Brissett absorbing three hits and two sacks unable to find anyone downfield. With 6 minutes remaining and with the game tied, the Colts offense could not muster any points.

RB Frank Gore, 34 offensive snaps, Rush: 17 - 54 - 0, Rec: 1 - 7 - 0 (1 targets)
Frank Gore was featured early against the Steelers and produced. Gore was able to pick up chunks of 4 and 5 yards consistently early but clearly lacked explosiveness when he managed to gain only 9 yards despite the offensive line opening a massive hole for him. Gore followed a block from Jack Doyle and picked up 8 yards showing good vision. Gore followed two nice blocks from Haeg and picked up 9 yards. Gore picked up 7 yards on check down from Brissett. Gore did not receive many first second half carries as the Colts went away from him and struggled to sustain offense.

RB Marlon Mack, 25 offensive snaps, Rush: 7 - 7 - 0, Rec: 2 - 19 - 0 (4 targets)
Marlon Mack played well in his limited opportunities. Mack was hit and dropped 4 yards deep in the backfield on his first carry. Mack was again hit in the backfield on his second carry but spun away, reversed fields, and managed an 8 yard gain. Mack broke two tackles along the sideline on a check down from Brissett for 11 yards and a 3rd down conversion. Mack lined up in the slot and dropped a slant with two defenders closing in. Mack made an 8 yard catch on a check down to convert another 3rd down.

WR Chester Rogers, 42 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 3 - 0, Rec: 6 - 104 - 1 (6 targets)
Chester Rogers was the Colts most productive and consistent offensive weapon against the Steelers. Rogers made his first catch wide open in the flat and picked up 11 yards. Rogers gained 9 yards running a curl to convert a 3rd and 7. Rogers picked up 10 yards running a slant from the slot to convert another 3rd down. The following play Rogers came wide open downfield on a blown coverage. Rogers capitalized on the opportunity with a 61 yard catch and run for a touchdown. Rogers gained the necessary 6 yards running a curl to convert a 3rd and 6.

WR T.Y. Hilton, 49 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 23 - 0 (4 targets)
TY Hilton did not appear to hampered by his injury but only saw 4 targets against the Steelers. Hilton had a half a step of separation running a 9 route on his first target but Brissett’s pass was well out of reach. Hilton hauled in his second target for 16 yards running an out route in front of the safety. Hilton picked up 7 yards running a quick out route. Hilton was targeted on a comeback route 15 yards downfield but the pass was knocked away.

WR Donte Moncrief, 51 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 60 - 1 (1 targets)
Donte Moncrief burned Artie Burns for a 60 yard touchdown running a beautiful double move. Moncrief gained about 3 yards of separation from Burns and made it an easy throw for Brissett. The touchdown was Moncrief’s only target.

TE Jack Doyle, 58 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 9 - 0 (5 targets)
Jack Doyle was primarily utilized as a blocker and did not play well in the passing game. Doyle picked up 3 yards on a check down from Brissett. Doyle made a catch on a screen pass and was upended after a 6 yard gain. Jack Doyle dropped a check down from Brissett and the deflected pass went right to Ryan Shazier for an easy interception.