Steelers Defense Records 3 Turnovers In 26-24 Win Over Indianapolis Colts

Undrafted free agent kicker Danny Hrapmann snuck through a blocked 22 yard field goal with 23 seconds left to go in the game to give the Pittsburgh Steelers a 26-24 preseason win over the Indianapolis Colts Sunday night at Heinz Field.

The 7 play game winning drive was led by fourth string quarterback Jerrod Johnson, who was a perfect 3-for-3 passing on the drive for 59 yards, as he connected with David Gilreath, Justin Peelle and Toney Clemons. The drive also overcame 3 penalties. Johnson, who saw action only in the fourth quarter, finished the night 4-of-5 passing for 65 yards and 3 rushes for 11 yards.

The Steelers have been looking for a young receiver to emerge all training camp for a possible 5th and final spot on the 53 man roster and they may have found one in Gilreath, who caught 4 passes on the night for 78 yards. His first catch of the night, a 41-yarder from quarterback Charlie Batch on 3rd-and-11 from the Steelers own 14 yard-line, extended a drive that led to a Hrapmann 39 yard field goal. Gilreath would go on to register three more catches on the night.

The Steelers first team offense led by quarterback Ben Roethlisberger got off to a rocky start as the Roethlisberger was intercepted by Colts safety Antoine Bethea on the 6th play of the Steelers opening drive.

After the Colts offense led by rookie quarterback Andrew Luck went three and out after the turnover, Roethlisberger rebounded by leading a 6 play, 80 yard drive that culminated with a 57 yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Antonio Brown on a bubble screen to the right side. Brown weaved through would-be tacklers and was aided by the nice downfield blocking of Baron Batch.

On the night, Roethlisberger finished 5-of-9 passing for 81 yards with the 1 touchdown and the 1 interception.

The Steelers defense that struggled last season at creating turnovers, made it 14-0 after cornerback Ike Taylor intercepted a Luck pass intended for Reggie Wayne and returned it 49 yards for the Steelers second touchdown of the night.

That was not it for the turnovers and splash plays for the Steelers as cornerbacks Cortez Allen and rookie free agent Josh Victorian also recorded interceptions in the game. Linebacker Mortty Ivy also chipped in with a punt block early in the second half that led to 3 more points for the Steelers.

The interception by Allen was a stroke of luck as a wide open T.Y. Hilton bobbled a pass up into the air from Luck and into the waiting arms of Allen. Hilton would have likely scored easily had he hauled in the pass as he had split Taylor and safety Troy Polamalu after an apparent miscommunication between the two Steelers defensive backs.

On a down note, the Steelers offense was 0 for 3 inside the red zone Sunday night. They did, however, rush for 146 yards on 36 carries as Jonathan Dwyer led the way with 43 yards on 8 carries. Dwyer started at running back for the Steelers Sunday night in place of the injured Isaac Redman, who sat out with an injured hip and groin. Running back Jason Ford, who was just signed to the roster this past week, chipped in another 42 yards on 8 carries late in the game.

The Steelers survived a scare early on in the game as running back Chris Rainey was injured after being hit on a run off left guard on the third play of the game. Rainey was taken to the locker-room and tested for a concussion, but was cleared to return for action. He finished the night with 6 carries for 20 yards and 2 receptions for 3 yards.

The win moves the Steelers to 1-1 on the preseason and they will now travel to Buffalo for their third preseason game this coming Saturday to take on the Buffalo Bills.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    A few guys that stood out to me was Lee and Stoller…Lee almost seems to always win his battles and pulled nicely in the game…Robinson at LB thought did well outside of almost allowing a guy to get past him and almost making a big catch…Hrapmann looked really good as well…Johnson at QB was much better this week as well…Beachum was awful at LT but played much better at LG…our OLB seem to have a hard time setting the edge on run plays no matter who it was…outside of Woodley…Victorian also make a ST play as well and dont forget he almost had a pick last week too. Brown I thought had a poor, not awful, game at CB and both Frederick and McFadden I wasnt impressed by their play either

  • r4kolb

    it’s only preseason but it doesn’t look good. i didn’t think the starters looked all that great. special teams struggled in covering kicks. i know it’s preseason and the returners on kickoffs want to make their mark but i hope they stop running the kickoffs back when they are at the back of the endzone and getting tackled at the 15 yard line. i know they had 3 picks but it sure seemed like colts had a lot of wide open receivers catching the ball. outside linebacker carter has trouble getting off lineman when blocked. starting d line looked good. rainey wont stay healthy the whole season too little n brittle. adams again showed hes a work in progress and not a starter. gilreath stepped up big for the #5 receiver spot lead. also i think its time to let charlie batch go. no one will pick him up anyway so if needed we could sign him if needed later. sorry to be a glass half empty guy but it’s just my observations. dave can tell us all the glass half full stuff i’m sure.

  • mrwirez

    My 2¢…

    1. I saw Trai Essex getting totally manhandled at tackle.
    2. I like Gilreath and Jarrod Johnson. I hope they both make the team. 3. Leftwich is SOoooo slow and has the very strippable -long wind up, I really wouldn’t care if he was cut for Johnson. Agility. Age. Price. In that order.
    4. I’m not sure which corner should start opposite (Hands) Ike.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    their play wasnt impressive…we need our starters to get in position so we can get continuity but that is out of our hands

  • LucasY59

    I also thought Lee and Robinson did well, both should at least make the practice squad. From what I’ve seen Lee looks to be playing better than Beachum, I like what I saw with Lee pulling, the long run Ford had was with Lee pulling right, faster smarter Kemoeatu? (not as big, but might be just as strong) not bad for a UDFA’s both have tons of potential

  • LucasY59

    just read some of the other posts, looks like I didnt need to comment on Lee as Dave already wrote about it.