Lack of focus, overconfidence, just plain being lazy.
Whatever the case may be, it really doesn’t matter, as the Steelers were in no way ready to play Sunday, dropping an ugly 20-13 setback to a one-win New York Jets at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.
The Steelers trailed 17-0 after the first quarter, and while the final score made it look like a competitive game, the Steelers scored on an 80-yard TD to Martavis Bryant with 1:16 left to play.
Shaun Suisham, who made a career-high 52-yard field goal at the end of the first half, and then missed a 23-yard field goal in the fourth quarter, tried an unsuccessful onside kick as the Jets ran out the clock for the win.
While the blame can go all the way around for this loss, the offense was awful, going back to it’s form of a few weeks back when they dropped a 31-10 decision to the Browns in Cleveland.
The team then went on a three-game winning streak, looking like the best team in the AFC North, but now after laying a huge egg to a bad Jets team, they find themselves tied for last in the division.
The setback puts them at 6-4, tied with the Ravens, and trailing the 5-3-1 Bengals and the surprising 6-3 Browns.
Ben Roethlisberger went 30-for-43 for 343 yards with a touchdown and two picks. He was sacked twice and ended with a QB rating of 81.8.
Le’Veon Bell had just 36 yards on the ground as the run game was just not there, going for just 36 yards on 17 carries, the lowest rushing totals since last season.
The defense put the Steelers in a hole as down 3-0 Michael Vick hit WR T.J. Graham with a 67-yard TD to make it 10-0.
Vick then hit TE Jace Amaro with a 5-yard TD after a Antonio Brown muffed punt to put the Jets up 17-0 after the first quarter.
The Steelers turned the ball over four times, with two Ben picks and a pair of Brown fumbles, one on a punt and another after a short catch.
Pittsburgh outgained the Jets 362-275, but the missed field goal, along with the turnovers was their undoing against a team they should have beaten.
The Jets ran for 150 yards on 36 carries, putting up 4.2 yards per carry in the win, and winning the line of scrimmage all day.
The next up for the Steelers is another prime-time game, this time against the Tennessee Titans next Monday night in Nashville, TN.