PITTSBURGH (93-7 The Fan) – It was another head shaker for the Steelers’ fans Sunday watching their team lose 21-18 to the Oakland Raiders. The loss leaves the Steelers at 2-5 with very slim hopes of a playoff spot. There are many questions with this team right now and our Steelers Insider Ed Bouchette joined The Fan Morning Show to try and answer some of those questions.
The biggest question yesterday was: How were the Steelers not ready for Terrelle Pryor on an opening run?
Ed compared Pryor’s record-setting 93-yard touchdown run to him being back in high school playing for Jeanette against Greensburg Central Catholic. He said the Steelers defense looked stunned and had no shot to stop him.
“He looked like a man against boys,” Bouchette said. “He looked just like he did in high school.”
Pryor had more yards on that run than he did passing for the entire game.
He said despite that run, the Steelers had many chances and actually were forcing turnovers. They even recovered their first fumble in seven games.
Ed doesn’t have all the answers. He said much like us, he had no idea what Ben Roethlisberger was thinking on taking that timeout after arguing with the officials for a flag not thrown on what he thought was a horse-collar tackle on running back Le’Veon Bell.
Speaking of Bell, he had a bad day as did the entire offense. He didn’t have any chance behind a bad offensive line that got worse with three injuries. Ed said there is no word yet on just how serious some of those injuries are.
It doesn’t get any easier either. The Steelers are facing a trip to New England to face Tom Brady next Sunday at 4:05 p.m.
“This team is going to be 2-6 at the halfway point,” Bouchette said. “They are going to have to go 6-2 the rest of the way just to finish 8-8.”
It’s hard to believe that the Steelers’ season may be over before Halloween.
“When the season started, I thought this team had enough talent to compete for a playoff spot,” Bouchette said. “Those hopes are right down the drain now.”
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Post-Gazette Steelers Insider Ed Bouchette joins The Fan Morning Show every Monday morning at 8 a.m. during the Steelers season.