Steelers survive Palko-led Chiefs 13-9

The Steelers offense was awful. Maurkice Pouncey left the game with an illness. Troy Polamalu left the game with an injury. Lots of things went wrong in Kansas City tonight, but the Steelers managed to come away with a win against a Kansas City team lead by former Pitt QB Tyler Palko. Palko was putrid throughout the game and the Steelers do not win this game with a better QB manning the KC offense. 

Palko threw 3 interceptions, including one to Keenan Lewis at the end of a game when the Chiefs had a chance to win the game with a TD. To be fair, Dwayne Bowe didn’t make a real attempt to catch the ball, but it probably shouldn’t have been thrown in the first place.

With Palko tossing interceptions and Thomas Jones and Dexter McCluster ineffective, this one should have been a walk in the park. But the Steelers offense was uncharicteristaclly off for the entire 60 minutes. Mike Wallace had several drops, including what would have been a TD in the 2nd quarter. The offensive line failed to give Big Ben time throughout most of this one and Roethlisberger was knocked around nearly every series. 

The Steelers biggest failuers happend on 3rd down and in the redzone, though. Mewelde Moore fumbled a ball near the goal line on the Steelers first posession and they settled for a 21 yard field goal later after the defense forced a Palko fumble. Pittsburgh finished the 3 – 11 on 3rd downs.

The Steelers host the Bengals next week in a huge divisional matchup. They’ll definitely have to play better and that starts with (hopefully) getting Polamalu, LaMarr Woodley and Pouncey healthy again.