The Green Bay Packers defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday afternoon, at a foggy, rainy Lambeau Field. With a final of score of 27-17, the Packers move to 3-1 on the season and the Steelers move to 1-3. This was the first time the Packers defeated the Steelers in the regular season in 1995 (they had previously lost 5 straight). After embarrassing lost to the Saints to begin the season, the Packers looked right on Sunday against the Steelers.
The Steelers scored on their opening drive with a deep touchdown over the outstretched hands of cornerback Jaire Alexander to Dionte Johnson. The Steelers would then punt and fumble on their next two possessions before kicking a field goal before halftime. Pittsburgh wouldn’t score again until “garbage” time, with a little less than three minutes left in the game. The Packers held the Steelers under 300 total yards, despite Ben Roethlisberger throwing 40 times. They were opportunistic, forcing two turnovers, sacking “Big Ben” causing him to fumble and Eric Stokes intercepting him to end the game. Stokes has played admirably since replacing Kevin King in week 2.
Jaire went out in the second half with a shoulder injury, but the defense held up, only allowing the one touchdown towards the end of the game. The Steelers offense has not been as explosive, but it was an impressive showing by a defense already short-handed with the loss of Zadarius Smith.
Rodgers and Company
Rodgers once again was in command of the offense throwing for nearly 250 yards and two touchdowns. Neither Adams nor Jones were on the receiving end of those touchdowns, but Rodgers long-time friend, Randall Cobb, who caught his first two touchdowns of the season. Cobb led the team with 69 yards receiving, with Adams having 64 yards. Jones and A.J. Dillon split the backfield, each receiving 15 carries. Dillon led the team with 81 yards on an impressive 5.4 yard average. Jones was effective with 48 and also had 51 yards receiving.
An offense that struggled to do anything to begin the season against the Saints, the Packers have scored a combined 92 points the last 3 games.
The Packers take on another AFC North opponent, traveling to Cincinnati next week to take on the surprising 3-1 Bengals. This will be a good test for a young up-and-coming team.