Sunday, November 27, 2011
Halftime: Steelers getting turnovers again
By Jamison Hensley
The Pittsburgh Steelers are coming up with turnovers again, although it helps that they're facing overmatched Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Tyler Palko. That has led to a 13-6 halftime lead for the Steelers.
Pittsburgh had three takeaways in the first half after entering the game with an NFL-low six through 10 games. Palko fumbled and threw two passes right to the Steelers, who converted the turnovers into 10 points. The three turnovers came on three consecutive Chiefs offensive plays and all occurred in Kansas City territory.
Here are some other observations:
- Pittsburgh is struggling in the red zone. The Steelers have scored one touchdown despite being inside the Chiefs' 10-yard line three times. On Pittsburgh's opening drive, Mike Wallace dropped a pass in the end zone and Mewelde Moore fumbled at the Kansas City 2.
- The Steelers are dealing with injuries, but they're not being affected by them. Safety Troy Polamalu left with a head injury in the first quarter, and center Maurkice Pouncey went to the locker room in the second quarter with an illness. Polamalu's replacement, Ryan Mundy, had one of Pittsburgh's two interceptions.
- Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger hasn't been hampered by a broken right thumb. He was 14 of 20 for 127 yards and one touchdown in the first half. His touchdown pass was a 2-yarder to tight end Weslye Saunders, an undrafted rookie in 2011.
- The Chiefs' only points came off long field goals, from 41 and 49 yards.