1:00 p.m. ET
82 degrees, partly cloudy
Key Decision #1: (ATL ball, trailing, 20-10 / fourth-and-9 ATL 22 / 2:49 Q3)
• On their second possession of the third quarter, ATL failed to convert a third-and-9 from its 22 and lined up to punt. PIT blocked the punt, and its offense converted the block into a TD and a 27-10 lead, the Steelers’ first three-possession lead of the game, and they were never threatened after that.
• While the Steelers romped, they did not play that well in the first half. QB Ben Roethlisberger was not in a great rhythm and threw a terrible interception at the end of the first half as the Steelers were looking to add to a 13-10 lead.
• Steelers RB James Conner played very well. He plays with great effort, and does a good job of finishing off every play – whether he is touching the ball or not.
• Even though ATL was playing with backup safeties, the Steelers’ game plan did not focus on its TEs Jesse James and Vance McDonald. McDonald, in particular, has been playing very well.
• Steelers kicker Chris Boswell is the highest-paid kicker in the NFL, but in the early season, he has been pedestrian. In this game, he missed another PAT.
• The Falcons still are struggling with making in-game adjustments defensively. They do have three starters out with injuries, but they haven’t done very well adapting at all. Their defense is on the field for a lot of plays every single game, and it’ll be a long season unless they make some changes soon.