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Steelers Don’t Exactly Earn Style Points, But Do Enough to Top Packers 31-28 to Move to 9-2

2. Why the Big Plays?

The defense took a step back on Sunday night, as they played their worst game in their current six-game win streak. The streak has seen the D up until Sunday night hold their opponents to an average of 15.2 points per game.

So why against backup QB Brett Hundley did the Steelers defense play so poorly? Well, the Packers seemed to get big play after big play, and when they needed it, Hundley made the plays other QB’s have not been able to do against the black and gold D.

Hundley completed 17 of 26 for 245 yards and three touchdowns, and while the Steelers finally were able to get to him in the second half with a couple of sacks, overall he played a great game.

The secondary, clearly missing corner Joe Haden, had an awful night, as Artie Burns didn’t play well, and there seemed to be a lot of confusion on certain plays the Pack ran.

Maybe it’s a good thing the Steelers get an extra day this week to get ready for the Bengals on Monday night in Cincy, because clearly they looked out of sync on Sunday against the Pack.

Then again as we said earlier, it’s always good to get a win when you don’t play your best.

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Matt Loede has been in the sports media for over 16 years, with experience covering the MLB, NBA, and NFL. On Sunday’s during football season, you can hear Matt on national networks like Fox Sports Radio, Associated Press, and others. Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio, Matt studies and talks football inside and out, and is anxious to share his thoughts and comments with readers on a daily basis.

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  1. Dave B.

    November 27, 2017 at 7:53 am

    As the article says , no style points in this one , but a great win none the less. 9-2 , first place and tied for the best record in the NFL . I’ll take that anyday . The defense has to get the back end fixed and quickly . The Joe Haden injury is something thats going to haunt this team if it lingers through the end of the year . In the meantime , keep doing what youre doing and take them one at a time .

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