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Steelers Turned The Ball Over Too Many Times

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Defensive lineman Corey Wootton #98 of the Chicago Bears sacks quarterback Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers as defensive lineman Shea McClellin #99 provides support during a game at Heinz Field on September 22, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Bears defeated the Steelers 40-23. Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images.
Defensive lineman Corey Wootton #98 of the Chicago Bears sacks quarterback Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers as defensive lineman Shea McClellin #99 provides support during a game at Heinz Field on September 22, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Bears defeated the Steelers 40-23. Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images.

The Chicago Bears defense is one of the best at forcing turnovers. Sunday Night, the Steelers played right into the hands of the Bears defense as they turned the ball over fives time in a 40-23 rout.

A frustrated Mike Tomlin commented on the turnovers after the game, “Obviously, you’re not going to win football games when you’re turning the ball over in the manner in which we did.”

The Steelers went down 17-0 early in the first quarter and slowly started to put points of the board the rest of the game. The team tried to mount a comeback late in the game before the Bears sealed the game after Lance Briggs forced a fumble that Julius Peppers returned 42 yards for a touchdown.

“We’ve got to take better care of the football. I’m not trying to characterize it in any way other than that,” Tomlin answered when asked about Roethlisberger’s performance. 

Big Ben threw for 406 yards including two touchdowns, and two interceptions. The offense got more help then the first two games on ground, as the Steelers backs combined for 80 yards. Antonio Brown had career-high nine receptions for 196 yards and two touchdowns.

The Steelers defense struggled just as much as the offense, as they couldn’t force a single turnover, and had a hard time putting pressure on Jay Cutler.

Cutler and the offense moved the ball to the red zone easily early in the game, and once in the end zone the Steelers defense couldn’t get the big stops that they needed. 

“We’ve got to find ways to get the ball. That’s what great defenses do,” DE Brett Keisel said after the game.

The Steelers defense misses the presence of James Harrison, who left for Cincinnati in the offseason. Troy Polomalu is flying around the field, but when opposing offenses take him out of a play no one else on the defense is stepping up to make the big stops they need.  Everyone on defense just looks frustrated.

The team will now travel to London looking to take their frustration out on a winless Minnesota Vikings.