This week’s matchup on “Monday Night Football” wasn’t exactly a glamor matchup, as it pitted the Pittsburgh Steelers against the Indianapolis Colts, with both teams well under .500.
The Steelers, however, came through with a 24-17 win, despite an injury scare.
Starting running back Najee Harris was forced to leave the game in the first half with an abdominal injury, and it looked like the Steelers, who have one of the NFL’s most anemic offenses, could possibly lose after blowing a double-digit lead.
But their “next man up” mentality allowed them to come away with a victory, while the Colts, who are now 4-7-1, look like they’re dead in the water.
Two men, in particular, drove Pittsburgh to this win.
Benny Snell Jr.
Coming into Monday, Snell had started just five of 56 games in his four NFL seasons, and he hadn’t even played one snap this season as a member of Pittsburgh’s offensive unit.
He had only gotten playing time in 2022 on special teams, but when head coach Mike Tomlin called his number, he was ready.
Snell rushed for 62 yards on 12 carries, including the go-ahead touchdown, which came with 9:55 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Needed it. Got it. @benny_snell
— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) November 29, 2022
Pickett didn’t have a great game on Monday, but he did enough to help the Steelers’ cause.
He completed 20 of 28 passes, making it the third time this season he has completed over 70 percent of his passes.
Ball security has been a problem for the rookie quarterback this season, as he threw eight interceptions in his first five games, but Monday was the third consecutive game he did not throw a single pick.