For the second straight week, the Steelers faced a sub-.500 team in a game that they should win, and for the second straight week they lost. This time, it was a 21-18 loss to the New England Patriots – which seriously hurt their hopes of making the playoffs.
The Steelers offense, playing without quarterback Kenny Pickett, took a while to get going. In Pickett’s absence, Mitch Trubisky played well and scored both of the team’s touchdowns, as he threw for 190 yards and a touchdown, and rushed for a second. The second touchdown cut the lead to 21-18 and came with nearly 12 minutes left in the fourth quarter. But unfortunately that’s where hopes for a win ended as the Steelers were stopped on their next three drives to end the game.
The Steelers defense also struggled to contain a Patriots offense that has struggled all season. They gave up three touchdowns to quarterback Bailey Zappe and only forced one turnover.
Now at 7-6, the path to the playoffs is that much more difficult. It’s clear that after two straight losses, the Steelers need to turn things around quickly. They’ll next head to Indianapolis to face the 7-6 Colts.