The Steelers (9-8) had a bipolar year, ending the season with six wins in their last seven games and coming very close to making the 2023 NFL playoffs. HC Mike Tomlin again managed to finish with a winning record, his personal seal, as the Dolphins’ win over the Jets ended in Week 18 after Pittsburgh would have to settle to see out the postseason from home.
the steelers 2022 season
The end of the Ben Roethlisberger era left the Steelers in uncharted territory, having not had a new quarterback under their control since 2003. Because of the above, they acquired the services of QB Mitchell Trubisky during the preseason, and in addition, selected QB Kenny Pickett in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft. Thus, the year began with an internal battle for the starting position, but in the end it was Trubisky who was chosen by Mike Tomlin to lead the Pittsburgh campaign.
The Steelers were quick to surprise for good, defeating the newcomers Bengals 23–20 in Week 1, but the joy soon ended with a devastating pectoral injury suffered by LB TJ Watt, ruling him out of the team’s next seven games. Lost The game, and his loss clearly happened. Pittsburgh proceeded to lose to the Patriots and Browns in their next two weeks, and the worst, though different, was just around the corner.
At halftime in Week 4 against the Jets, Tomlin opted to bench Trubisky and it was rookie Pickett’s turn to make his debut, though it didn’t make much difference as his team sank in New York, going 3–38. given. Jets. Bill in week 5. However, a slight glimmer of hope appeared after Sunday, as they came full circle against Tom Brady’s Buccaneers for a great defensive performance, but again, the smile was erased.
Shocks against Miami and Philadelphia consolidated the Steelers’ start with a 2–6 mark, and thus they went into their bye week, where the mindset changed. By Week 10, with Watt out with his pectoral injury, they beat the Saints and, as anyone could have predicted, they were beaten by Cincinnati, though not without giving them a tough time 30–37. With a 3-7 record, Pittsburgh was looking around for 2023, but Tomlin Special It had just begun.
The Steelers won six of their last seven games of the year. More precisely, they beat the Colts and Falcons, followed by a stumble against the Ravens, but they closed out the season with wins against the Panthers, Raiders, Ravens, and Browns, where they were mathematically eliminated from the playoffs. arrived with opportunities, but needed a combination of New England and Miami losses; The Patriots came true, but the Dolphins ended Pittsburgh’s dream.
So what exactly went well for the Steelers this year? Personally, Tomlin, the team’s head coach since 2007, still doesn’t know what a losing season is like. However, in the bigger picture and as we’ve noted before, it only hurts Pittsburgh to make them look like they’re close to being competitive when the reality is they’re far from a Super Bowl-capable AFC powerhouse. .
Best of Pittsburgh in 2022
Two very valuable players. First up is Minkah Fitzpatrick, who led the team with six interceptions, led the league in four-way ties, and continues to establish himself as one of the NFL’s best secondary defensive backs. However, the true MVP goes to WR George Pickens, who overcame this organization’s dreadful attack and closed out his rookie season with 52 receptions for 801 yards and 4 TDs, leading the team in the latter category. .
Pittsburgh’s best performance came in Week 16, defeating the Buccaneers 18–20. True, Tampa Bay is not the force it was used to in years past, but the Steelers limited them to four field goals and just missed a 2-point conversion touchdown to seal the victory.
In the game, Puckett completed 11 of 18 passes for 67 yards, 1 TD and 0 INT, missing midway through the third quarter with a loss, and Trubisky finished 9 of 12 for 144 yards in relief. done. 1 TD and 0 INT. They weren’t outstanding, but they were successful as a team.
Worst of the Steelers in 2022
If the Steelers were close to the playoffs, it was thanks to their defense, because the offense, with Pickett or Trubisky, looked terrible for practically the entire year, and it’s time to blame OC Matt Canada, who Pickett’s first year was marred by his ineffective game plan. Pittsburgh finished the season as the fifth-worst team in average points per game (17.5), and in the bottom 10 in average total yards per game (337.2) and passing yards (216.6).
The Steelers could be in the playoffs if not for their performance in Week 14 against the Ravens. In the appointment, Puckett left the field after throwing only one shipment and had to reload on Trubisky, who completed 22 of 30 shipments for 276 yards, 1 TD and 3 INTs, all turnovers in Baltimore territory, which The QBs were showing weak with 2 Tyler Huntley in control. In other words, Trubisky spoiled what could have been a claimed victory for his team.
What do we expect from Pittsburgh next season?
First of all, he must solve his problems on the offensive line, and spend his first-round selection in the 2023 draft, otherwise the dilemma will begin. However they need a cornerback immediately considering Cameron Sutton is about to play free agency. Of course, those are the two gaps that have to be filled most urgently, but they are not the only changes that are needed, because Canada’s continuity should indeed be called into question.
Thus, it is expected that there will be changes especially in the offensive part of the squad, as this is a key point of their improvement if they intend to be competitive in the AFC North where Cincinnati is the divisional master. Currently, the gap between Pittsburgh and the AFC powerhouse is widening, but if Tomlin is an expert at not finishing with a losing record, he should not only settle for it, but also make sure it helps his team. The alternative is to create a claimant.
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