The Pittsburgh Steelers showed up Sunday, Sep. 20, 2020 in Heinz Field in Pittsburgh and narrowly defeated the Denver Broncos by a thrilling 26-21 victory. The Steelers deployed a rushing game that produced 109 yards and one rushing touchdown, to go along with a total team offensive output of 410 yards. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger contributed with 311 yards and two touchdowns for the game.
Roethlisberger helped the Steelers in this victory by attempting 41 passes and completing 29 of them. This led to a final QB production of 311 yards, one interception and two touchdowns for the game.
The Steelers deployed a rushing game led by James Conner and Benny Snell Jr.. For the game, Conner carried the ball 16 times and rushed for 106 yards, leading to one touchdown. Snell Jr. supplemented by carrying the ball three times for a total of five yards. In the passing game, the Steelers’ top receivers were Chase Claypool and Diontae Johnson. Claypool caught three passes for a total of 88 yards, while Johnson contributed with 92 yards from eight passes.
The Steelers’ defense contributed to the win with seven sacks, one forced fumble, two tackles for loss, and scored zero defensive touchdowns.
Compared to Roethlisberger of the Steelers, Drew Lock of the Broncos threw for 20 yards with no touchdowns, and zero interceptions, completing 1 of 5 passes, for a 43.80 passer rating.
The rushing game for the Broncos was led by Melvin Gordon and Royce Freeman. For the game, Gordon rushed for 70 yards from carrying the football 19 times. Meanwhile Freeman carried the ball 3 times for a total of 20 yards. For the passing game, the top receivers for the Broncos included Jerry Jeudy and Courtland Sutton. Jeudy caught four passes for a total of 62 yards, while Sutton contributed with 66 yards from three passes.
For the game, the Broncos defensive effort yielded one forced fumble, four tackles for loss and one sack. This was not enough to help their team to a victory.
The Steelers walked away from the game with an improved seasonal record of 1-0. The Broncos on the other hand, dropped to 0-1 for the season.