Steelers Fall to Green Bay in Week 2 of Preseason

Mason Rudolph got the start for the Steelers tonight, but the big stage looked to be a bit much for him at first as his first throw turned into a pick six for Green Bay. Veteran cornerback Tramon Williams read a pass intended for Darrius Heyward-Bey, and jogged into the end-zone easily. Packers off to an early lead, 7 to 0.

When Aaron Rodgers got his opportunity, he did not waste any time as he connected with Davante Adams for a long gain of 27 yards. Rodgers then hit his newest offensive weapon, Jimmy Graham for an 8-yard touchdown. Packers now lead 14 to 0.

The next Steelers possession was all James Conner, running with ease against Green Bay’s defense and ultimately finishing the drive with an unstoppable 26-yard touchdown run. We all know Conner can definitely run the ball effectively, but this play was incredible.

Rookie Terrell Edmunds made his presence known early on, forcing Ty Montgomery to cough up the ball on a kick return, and Edmunds also recovered his forced fumble. The rookie exhibiting great awareness on special teams.

Mason Rudolph and the Pittsburgh offense got their chance to even the score after the fumble recovery, and it didn’t take long, as Rudolph hit Jesse James for a 21-yard gain and finished the drive with a strike to JuJu Smith-Schuster. Steelers tie the game at 14.

It appears Rodgers night ended after the Jimmy Graham touchdown connection, so Brett Hundley would take over at the quarterback position for Green Bay. Hundley lead the offense down field to give an opportunity to knock in a 36-yard field goal. Packers regain the lead, now 17 to 14.

Right at the start of the second quarter, Hundley made his mark on the game once more. Hundley scrambled for a 10-yard Green Bay touchdown, further adding to their lead. Now 24 to 14.

After some stagnant offense from Pittsburgh, Green Bay got another shot at putting points on the board. This time they would have settle for another field goal, as Bud Dupree came up with a big time sack for a 9-yard loss. Green Bay now leads 27 to 14.

After some very lackluster offensive play by both teams, unfortunately Green Bay would be next to score again as Deshone Kizer found Robert Tonyan for a short touchdown. Packers now lead 34 to 14 to end the first half.

Just how the first half started this evening, the second half would be no different. This time it was Josh Dobbs, who would be on the unfortunate end of a pick six as Josh Jackson took one to the house for Green Bay on a pass intended for Damoun Patterson. Packers running away with this one, now 41 to 14.

As Pittsburgh got another opportunity on offense, Dobbs found rookie James Washington twice on the drive. One connection was for a ridiculous 19-yard touchdown grab. James Washington has been nothing short of impressive so far. Josh Dobbs runs the ball in for a successful two-point conversion attempt. Pittsburgh down 22 to 41.

Green Bay would strike back immediately on a huge touchdown connection between Deshone Kizer and Jake Kumerow. Pittsburgh now down 48 to 22, things are not looking good on the defensive side of the ball for the Steelers.

The Dobbs to Washington connection continued as Dobbs found the rookie wide receiver for a 52-yard gain to set up fellow rookie Jaylen Samuels for a 1-yard rushing touchdown. Pittsburgh’s two-point conversion attempt fails, Steelers still down 28 to 48.

Green Bay now turn to quarterback Tim Boyle, as he would lead the Packers offense downfield with ease as they’ve done all evening. Mason Crosby hits from deep field goal range, this time from 50 yards to give Green Bay a 51 to 28 lead over Pittsburgh.

With six and a half minutes left in the game, Josh Dobbs and James Washington would continue to impress as they connected again for a Steelers touchdown. After a 22-yard touchdown grab from Washington, Pittsburgh now trails 34 to 51 after another failed two-point conversion. James Washington is showing out and proving he is ready to make an impact on this team.

Definitely not Pittsburgh’s best effort as they would ultimately fall to Green Bay, 51 to 34. Steelers did not look even relatively promising on the defensive side of the ball tonight. Look for a better game from them next week as they take on Tennessee at home.

Leading Passer: Josh Dobbs (12 for 18, 192 passing yards, 2 touchdowns, 1 interception)

Rushing Leader: James Conner (5 rushing attempts, 57 yards, 1 touchdown)

Receiving Leader: James Washington (5 receptions, 114 yards, 2 touchdowns)

Defensive Standouts: LJ Fort (5 tackles, 1 sack) Terrell Edmunds (3 tackles, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery)

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