On Sunday night, the Pittsburgh Steelers gave up an early lead to the opportunistic Chicago Bears. One thing is for sure, if there is a turnover, the Bears defense is racing to the end zone. A 38 yard interception return by Major Wright and a 42 yard fumble return by Julius Peppers led directly to 13 points for Chicago. In all, the Pittsburgh Steelers turned the ball over five times in a much needed game at home. The 40-23 loss was the third straight to start the season.
For much of the night, Chicago did not have a potent offense, and it looked like they wouldn't need one once they jumped out to a 24-3 lead. In an instant, a roughing the punter penalty altered the momentum of the whole game. The second chance finally got the Pittsburgh offense to wake up this season.
The second quarter mishap resulted in a Pittsburgh touchdown to cut the score to 14 points. Pittsburgh had tied their season high for points and things were looking up going into halftime. Still, Ben Roethlisberger was not completely comfortable with the offense. It was evident in the second half.
Yet, the opening minute of the third quarter, Pittsburgh fumbled that led to a Chicago field goal. Still, while the game seemed out of reach, Pittsburgh's offense started producing at the highest rate of the season. The new found freedom resulted in 13 straight points. Early in the fourth quarter, the Steelers finally had momentum swinging in their direction.
Up 27-23, Chicago had their most impressive drive of the game. Jay Cutler scrambled for a huge first down and finished the run off with collision, knocking over a Pittsburgh defender. A few moments later, Cutler hit Brandon Marshall on a 41 yard pass play. Then Earl Bennett caught a 17 yard touchdown pass to seal the deal on an amazing corner route.
Pittsburgh had plenty of chances to get back in this game, but they never made the play. As of now, it looks like that will be the tale of the season.
Chicago earned a (3-0) start, while Pittsburgh is stuck in reverse at (0-3)