Monday, November 17, 2014, 8:30 p.m.
Monday Night game kicks off. Steelers take an early 10-point lead after William Gay intercepts Zach Mettenberger’s first pass. Looks like this is going to be an easy win!
Titans immediately drive down field and score a touchdown. Not great.
Steelers and Titans swap field goals. Steelers get the ball about halfway through the second quarter. Offense looks pretty good, things are clicking. They march down the field. Ben Roethlisberger throws a red zone interception.
On the next play of the game, Mettenberger throws a bomb to former Steeler Nate Washington, who beat William Gay to score an 80-yard touchdown.
Steelers trail 17-13 at the half, despite possessing the ball twice as long as the Titans.
The second half opens with the Titans and Steelers each punting on their first drives.
The Titans then go on a 77-yard drive that results in a touchdown. The Steelers are trailing 24-13 late in the 3rd quarter.
It looked like the Steelers were headed down a road they’d been down many times before, including last week: Losing to a bad, bad team. It’s become old hat to the fans.
The Steelers may have lost to the Bucs and the Jets earlier this season, but the Titans are a far worse team than other two. The Steelers were 6-4! They were the good team in this matchup!
The game, and possibly the season was on the line. The Steelers needed to get their shit together. They needed to look like the 6-4 team that they were, and not the 2-7 team they were facing.
Ben hadn’t looked sharp in the first half. He’d been sacked five times. There was nothing going in the passing game, so there was only one thing to do….
The Steelers were going to have to win this game on the ground. Luckily, they had the right man for the job
Le’Veon Bell took his team on his back (and half of the Titans, too). The Steelers marched down the field. Bell scored on the first play of the 4th quarter.
The Steelers still trailed 24-20, but you could feel the tide turning. The defense forced a 3 and out (!) and the Steelers got the ball back. They mixed up some passes with a few runs, culminating in a beautiful play-action fake from Ben to Antonio Brown waiting in the end zone.
Steelers were up 27-24, but there was still a ton of time left on the clock. The defense forced another 3 and out. The Steelers got the ball and back and turned to who else to run down the clock.
The Titans would never get the ball back and the Steelers would escape Nashville with a win. The Steelers had come back from 11 points down in the 4th quarter and actually beat a terrible team on the road outside of the Eastern Time Zone!
Steelers fans breathed a sigh of relief Monday night. This team still has a bunch of problems, but they still control their own destiny in the AFC North. They have their bye week coming up, which will hopefully allow some injured starters ample rest so they can return against the Saints in two weeks. This was good.
Tuesday morning, still pumped from the win, I didn’t have a care in the world. (Note: the below gif is an accurate representation of what I look like when I dance.)
Then I went on the Internet. I was greeted by this headline on the Post-Gazette’s website:
You’ve gotta be fucking kidding me. LaGarrette Blount was mad he wasn’t getting carries, so he walked off the field before the game was over. You can’t do that, man!
Hours later, the Steelers announced that they had released Blount because it was “in the best interest of the team,” according to a statement from Mike Tomlin.
Releasing Blount was the right move for the team, no doubt. I took a quick look at the Steelers’ depth chart behind Bell at running back.
Whatever. Maybe they can pick up a free agent somewhere or maybe Josh Harris (who was promoted from the practice squad will shock the hell out of everyone.
With that nonsense over, the Steelers could get on with their bye week. Except the drama wasn’t done.
Then news came out that Steelers safety Mike Mitchell had responded to negative tweets towards him. This couldn’t be good.
Turns out Mitchell had sent direct messages to some of those criticizing him. I guess he forgot screenshots exist.
The screenshots went around. He had told one fan to kill themselves.
Steelers Twitter damn near exploded. I had to step away from all the hot takes.
There’s no excusing what Mitchell said and he should’ve been smart enough to not respond at all. But the people that were saying these things to him are idiots, and their instant reaction of sending the screeenshots to every member of the Pittsburgh media was pathetic. Those guys are losers. No one came out looking good in this situation.
The Steelers wound up banning Mike Mitchell from social media, which is probably best for all involved.
Anything else, guys?
Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 8:30 p.m.
Me, after the previous 24 hours (and the first 10 games of the season).
Drinking is probably the only way we’re going to survive the last 5 games.
And if drinking doesn’t work….