After each game in the Steelers 2021 season, I’ll highlight the gameplay or in-game event, which is the turning point of the game. These aren’t meant to be anything horrifying, but are meant to take a deeper look at how we arrive at the outcome of the game which can be hard to see on first live viewing.
The Steelers could never make this article easy.
From the start of the second half, when Ben Roethlisberger beat Chase Claypool on a 37-yard throw, I’ve memorized it as a turning point.
Claypool gets as much separation on a deep path as we’ve seen all year for this Pittsburgh team with a broad release. However, Roethlisberger was unable to complete his pitch with internal pressure causing a sub-five-yard throw for what should have been an easy touchdown.
Coming off the field a week before Detroit, where the red zone game is increasingly interested, it gave me one of those feelings, “look we’re not going to score now,” the emotion when Chase Claypool fell on the field within five.
And the next four plays my fear came to life.
After revenue went down, Chargers resumed operations on July 20. Going into the 4th and final round, the Steelers are leading 27-10, the open and close case of this game’s turning point, there’s no doubt about that. I was ready to leave the bar and go home.
Of course, that was only when the game turned to be in the air with a Miles Killebrew intercept.
The Steelers attack followed with two touchdowns and the game was somehow a game of possession again 27-34, the bad guys.
This is where the game gets REALLY interesting and brings us to the game’s turning point.
This play is really “Oh s***” the moment when you realize that the Steelers can really win this game. While it was a great game by Cam Heyward getting his noggin to get in the way of pitching and Cam Sutton to control the ball, it played a big part in determining the Steelers’ fate later in the game. .
Looking back at the play, The Steelworkers are in a shell-
2 looks. The top charger, receiver, Keenan Allen, is slot-to-bound and running out. Sutton is on high alert and wants to jump it even before the ball sinks into the air.
However, this fierceness from Sutton makes Tre Norwood vulnerable to the safety of the 2 worms. Leaving the vertical line so early, there are no internal forces forcing a re-routing from the corner, creating an extremely difficult scenario for any safety that might cover up from their initial alignment. , much less than an average athlete like Norwood.
It’s something of a fringe insult when you see them looking at Microsoft Tablets on the sidelines.
And after the Steelers took the lead, it was time for the Chargers to test Minkah Fitzpatrick’s rookie backup.
During the third run of the race to win the game, the Recharger appeared in a 3×2 formation, with the exception of the rear runner being quarterback, Justin Herbert, sidecar rather than out in a traditional trip style. system. With a similar offensive view, the Steelers once again deployed cover form 2.
Keenan Allen is once again lining up in the slot, except this time he’s running hook rather than out, likely not running into the corner cover 2 that awaits him in the apartment.
With a nickel angle, Arthur Maulet blasts from the slot, it’s the perfect storm for Chargers to get the exact look they’re looking for. Not only did Sutton not reroute the vertical receiver [Mike Williams] before jumping the trench, but Norwood was also caught looking at Allen. This will be an extremely difficult match to make regardless of Norwood. His downhill step makes that impossible.
Herbert solves problems in the face of pressure, and so does everyone.
Herbert confirmed in his post-match press conference that they were watching cover corner 2 jumping slots and told Mike Williams to get ready before the final drive.
If you want to dig deeper into this play and Steel Man embraces 2 defensive views, our Alex Kozora has done a great job of getting in on the realities of his movie room. I will link it below.
Where do you feel is the turning point of the game? Leave your thoughts and comments below!
https://steelersdepot.com/2021/11/steelers-turning-point-chargers-make-needed-adjustments-against-cover-2/ Steelers’ turning point: Charger makes necessary adjustments compared to Cover-2