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We air our complaints, win or lose. After the first 30 minutes of football, it seemed we were doing so after a Pittsburgh Steelers victory on Sunday night.
But the Los Angeles Chargers eliminated the biggest deficit of a visiting team in Steelers' history by closing a 16-point gap and eventually winning 33-30 at Heinz Field.
There were many reasons for this. So, let's come to them.
And no, the changed time change will not be on the list.
The defense goes back and is now similar to the unit we saw earlier this year. It allowed 303 yards in the last two games against the Broncos and Jaguars. It allowed a total of 370 yards and 33 points on Sunday.
In addition, the team blew in the second half the lead for a second game in a row.
After the Chargers took the lead, it is worth noting that the Steelers are leading up to 16 points. The Steelers have not scored 16 points ahead of the Seahawks (led by 18) since 8 November 1981. In the franchise history, Pittsburgh has never won a 16-point lead at home.
– ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) December 3, 2018
Part of it was the fault of special team games, which we will come to shortly.
"You can not say anything about our crime," said Cameron Heyward's defensive end. "Our offense brought 30 points, but we can not do the job as a defense."
The biggest problem was to stem Keenan Allen. Charger's Wide Charger went for 148 yards and a touchdown.
Speaking of Allen, he threw 14 out of 19 bullets in his direction.
"We are trapped in a series of zone covers that have pushed our linebackers to Allen," said cornerback Mike Hilton. "They took advantage of it, it was frustrating."
Hilton also said he did not cover Allen in the slot as often as most receivers in that position.
Keenan Allen was hit nine times when a Steelers linebacker was the next defender. No wide receiver was targeted more against a linebacker in a game since #NextGenStats began in 2016 with the capture of the next key figures for the defender. #LACvsPIT #FightForEachOther
– Next Gen Stats (@NextGenStats) December 3, 2018
This was a bad decision when the defense system was designed.
They were an adventure again.
On the positive side, L. J. Fort rejected a punt. And the Chargers have even missed a field goal.
But Chris Boswell dampened another point, his fifth of the year.
The Steelers also granted Desmond King II a punt-return touchdown in the fourth quarter.
In addition, they jumped three times in a row at the end of the match when Michael Badgley in Los Angeles tried to win the field. One was missing, one was blocked, the third was done.
Will one of the first two failures occur if the Steelers are not offsides? Well, sure the second does not participate.
Maybe the first one?
"Sometimes, when you get a good jump, it looks like you jumped from outside," said Joe Haden. "I have to take a close look, I did not feel we were offside."
Haden was called for the first Offsides. He won the loose ball on the Artie Burns block of the second block, which was overturned by the penalty.
That was not the only piece that had been quarreled by the Steelers. And the others were much worse.
Regarding the punt's return, Brian Allen believed he was blocked in the back. The score of the king and the subsequent additional point allowed the game 23-23 to draw.
"It was definitely a block in the back that was overlooked," Allen said. "It's definitely frustrating because the game had a touchdown, which could have been the result of the game."
Judge for himself. He is the second Steeler on your screen and carries number 29.
– Sporting News Canada (@sportingnewsca) December 3, 2018
No matter. I will be the judge. Yes. The officials missed this call. But Darrius Heyward-Bey, the first Steeler on your screen screaming from King, missed the tackle. A sin he had to admit after the game.
"I should just fight," Heyward-Bey said. "That's my job, and everyone else's job is, and we did not do that."
An obvious false start missed by the officials also helped the Los Angeles cause. See how early Sam Tevi goes before Travis snaps Benjamin's 46-yard touchdown.
– Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) December 3, 2018
moved earlier, they could have marked him before the national anthem.
"My daughter could have seen that this was a false start," Allen said.
Yup. Still a problem. The club is now minus 8.
Ben Roethlisberger threw his 13th interception. It was ugly.
– The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) December 3, 2018
In the meantime, the Steelers failed again a turnover. In the last three games, they caused a meaningless mess at the end of the Jaguar game.
Even when they were able to get them, it did not happen. In fact, a possible Steelers snack became a touchdown.
– Los Angeles Chargers (@Chargers) December 3, 2018
It was Sean Davis who knocked the ball off his team-mate Joe Haden , Allen caught it for a score.
"I saw them throw the ball," Haden said. "I caught it, I went to stow it, and then I was beaten, and I lost the ball."
And that opened the door for the comeback of the Chargers and the score was 23-15.
Tim Benz is a writer of the Tribune Review. You can reach Tim at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @ TimBenzPGH. All tweets could be re-released. All emails are subject to publication unless otherwise stated.