The highs and lows of the Steelers Week 3 game at the Philadelphia Eagles.
What went right
- A couple of short completions – to Antonio Brown and then Jesse James – put the Steelers into a third-and-6 – and Ben Roethlisberger converted with a pretty pass to Eli Rogers that turned into a 32-yard gain and out the Steelers into Eagles territory on the opening possession of the game.
- The Steelers finally got on the scoreboard via a 40-yard field goal by Chris Boswell that cut the Eagles lead to 10-3, and the points largely can be traced back to a couple of completions by Ben Roethlisberger. The fist of those went for 41 yards to Sammie Coates and the second for 20 yards to Antonio Brown. The completion to Coates means he has caught a least one pass of 40 yards or more in each of the team's games so far this season.
- Jordan Berry continued to be a consistent force for the Steelers, and an important one with the offense struggling to sustain drives and score points in the first half. Berry got off a 63-yard punt inside the two-minute warning of the first half that had the Eagles start the possession at the 20-yard line. Minus the 14-yard return by Darren Sproles, the Steelers netted 49 yards on the punt.
What went wrong
Game action from Week 3 against the Philadelphia Eagles.
- The Steelers opening possession ended up netting a big zero when – on back-to-back plays – Markus Wheaton dropped a pass in the back of the end zone on third down and then Chris Boswell had a 36-yard field goal attempt blocked by Bennie Logan.
- On the Eagles' second play after the blocked field goal, Carson Wentz completed a short pass to tight end Brent Celek, and Ryan Shazier injured his right knee trying to make the tackle on a play that ended up gaining 22 yards. Shazier was replaced for the rest of the possession by L.J. Fort.
- Caleb Sturgis' 29-yard field goal staked the Eagles to a 3-0 lead – with the bulk of the yardage gained via a 40-yard screen pass to Darren Sproles after which the officials picked up a flag that would have nullified the game. And then on the kickoff following the field goal, a holding penalty on Vince Williams had the offense starting at their own 8-yard line.
- The Steelers managed one first down on their second possession, but the drive fizzled when Markus Wheaton dropped a second pass and then Marcus Gilbert's holding penalty on third down was declined when the third-down pass was incomplete.
- Ryan Shazier got flagged for unnecessary roughness at the end of a play when the Eagles would have been facing a third-and-10. From there, the Eagles put together enough plays to put together a 12-play, 82-yard touchdown drive that was capped by a 12-yard pass from Carson Wentz to Jordan Matthews on a play where Will Gay had to move inside to the slot because Sean Davis had to replace the injured Robert Golden at safety.
- An awful defensive series by the Steelers to start the second half, with the dagger coming on a 73-yard catch-and-run by Darren Sproles in a third-and-8. On the play, Carson Wentz got outside the pocket, and when Mike Mitchell and Ryan Shazier reacted by coming up toward the line of scrimmage, Wentz dropped the ball behind them to Sproles. Not a lot of good tackling on the play, either. Philadelphia extends its lead to 20-3 with 12:54 remaining in the third quarter.
- Leaving plays on the field is something the Steelers offense continued to do through the opening minutes of the second half. Ben Roethlisberger missed a wide open Jesse James on a second down play that would have been a big gain, and then on third down Eli Rogers fell coming out of a cut over the middle and the pass almost was intercepted. After a 5-yard penalty for running into the punter on a third-and-10, the Steelers leected to go for it, only to have Roethlisberger's pass fall incomplete.
- Not a good debut for Markus Wheaton. In his first regular season action of 2016, Wheaton dropped two passes in the first half, and then he failed to secure a catch on a pass that would have gained about 25 yards to the Eagles 30-yard line. Three plays later, the Eagles recorded back-to-back sacks, with the second causing a fumble that Brandon Graham recovered at the Pittsburgh 41-yard line with 3:17 remaining in the third period.
- The Eagles turned the game into a 34-3 laugher late in the third quarter with a 14-yard run by Kenjon Barner followed by an 8-yard run by Barner for the touchdown with 1:50 left in the third quarter. Barner ran around the right side on the first play and around the left side for the touchdown. On both, the Eagles blocked the outside linebacker to the outside and sealed the defensive lineman to the inside to create the lane for Barner.