November 27, 2022

The Pittsburgh Steelers offense has been bad this season, no one will argue with that. However, last Sunday they put up 30 points in their 37-30 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, which was their highest total all season.

Today, rookie receiver George Pickens spoke to the media, streamed via, about some of the positives he took from the Steelers’ first 30-point game of the season.

“I would probably say stretch the field and then some third conversions,” Pickens said. “On the third down, we kind of capitalized, which is what you have to do in any game of football to win the game or keep points.”

The Steelers continued their trend of getting the New Orleans Saints third down in the game with an 8-17 record in third down situations on Sunday. For reference, in their win over the Saints, the Steelers went 9-17 on third down, which powered them to a win.

Early in the season, the Steelers struggled to score points due to their inability to convert on third downs and stalling practices because of it. Last weekend they had little trouble extending runs and no problems kicking off football which helped them not to waste opportunities.

In addition to scoring a season-high 30 points, what stood out in Sunday’s game on offense was how comfortable the Steelers seemed on offense early in the game. They usually only have one or two good records in the first half, but early on Kenny Pickett and Pittsburgh were able to hang on to Joe Burrow and the Bengals.

The next step for this Steelers offense will be to play a full 60-minute game. The offense spat to get things going in the second half due to adjustments the Bengals made to the defense, which made Pickett a bit uncomfortable and made play calls that offensive coordinator Matt Canada has described as mostly ineffective. Those two things together kept the Steelers ten points in the second half, seven of which came in time.

With Pickett also getting more comfortable every week throwing on the pitch, it’s only a matter of time before the offense really starts to click. More consistent play from Pickett and better offensive adjustments from Canada will be key as the Steelers move from fifth-worst offense via points per game to first-half offense. While the 2022 season has been a wash so far for Pittsburgh, the past few weeks will help create a bright future for the franchise, led by their rookies Pickett and Pickens.

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