Game Rewind: Steelers Vs Vikings Notes


Breaking down the highlights from the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 26-9 win over the Minnesota Vikings.

First Half

– Kick return unit. Front five: Moats-Watt-Matakevich-Chickillo-Johnson. Golden behind. Hubbard/Conner/Nix the wedge with Smith-Schuster/Watson your KRs.

– Wonder if the Steelers will throw this swing to Martavis Bryant this weekend. Left alone after the team faked a jet sweep to him. See how disciplined the Chicago Bears are.


– Punt coverage. Watt-Johnson-Canaday-Matakevich-Chickillo. Nix/Davis the wings. Hilton/DHB opened as gunners though Brian Allen replaced Hilton on the left side (and did well).

– Bad job protecting on the first punt though. Miscommunication with Watt/Nix. Rusher in free.

– 2nd and 20. Easy play for the secondary to “take off” but love all the hats around the ball. Mark of a willing run defense.

– Punt return unit. Golden/Nix/Matakevich/Chickillo/Johnson. Haden jammer to one side, Haden/Hilton to the other.

– One-gapping can have same influence as old school two-gappers. Heyward splits the double-team, both the tackle and guard try to pick him up, leaving Ryan Shazier open on the tackle.

Heyward had one of his best games ever. Dominated Minnesota.

– Another crosser burns the Steelers. Playaction sucks up the LBs, no one ROBOTS the dig to take it away. Asking too much from the corner.

– Like last week, still some miscommunication in coverage. Three defenders converge on one receiver, leaving Diggs wide open.

– Little hard to see but good job by Brian Allen to keep this punt return to the inside.

– Good job by Le’Veon Bell to find work in pass protection.

– Roethlisberger wanted to take a lot of shots deep but missed JuJu Smith-Schuster on this crosser.

Jesse James getting beat badly here. Tough matchup on the Vikings’ top ends. This time, Danielle Hunter.

Second Half

– Good hustle by LT Walton. One of the best traits of his game.

– If Bell had gotten a block on Anthony Barr, there is a LOT of running room ahead of him. Sure would’ve made that stat sheet look better.

Sean Davis better job keeping contain after screwing that up on Dalvin Cook’s long run on Minnesota’s lone TD drive.

– 3rd and 20. Mike Mitchell, and he admitted this later in the week, playing too shallow. Can’t let the TE get behind you.

– Big open field tackle by Artie Burns. Fake playaction, fake the end around, hit the back back on the screen. Burns isn’t making that play last year. Patience to read the play, close on it quickly and finish the play.

 

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Alex Kozora
Full-time blogger from mom's basement. Marrying tape and statistics. Chidi Iwuoma is my favorite Steeler of all-time.
  • Nathanael Dory

    I liked those! thank you Alex!

  • Greg

    Your posts with gifs are the best football posts on the internet.

  • Alex Kozora

    Thanks guys!

  • nutty32

    Good stuff. I’d guess this is what “quality control” coaches/grad assistants do?

  • Alex Kozora

    Eh, usually not. They’re often doing special studies on a certain area of the game or an opponent (current or future).

  • Steve

    Good teams go over each play with a fine tooth comb, watching every player and what they do.

  • Matt Manzo

    No doubt!