Managing the conditions is a common theme from the weekend, and the Steelers did it better than the Lions. High-powered passing in the first half became muted in the second, typified by Matthew Stafford’s terrible attempts to throw through the rain after a potent first half that positioned the Lions to break records.
Ben Roethlisberger is presumably better accustomed than most to dealing with the Heinz Field weather, especially against a team used to playing inside a dome. The Steelers changed their offense to short passing and ball control, transitioning from the big play passing of the first half. One team adjusted, another didn’t and this changed the game.
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In January, a stormy, windy Week 11 will be remembered as just another week in the 2017 season, but these games raised interesting questions about how potential playoff teams can cope with weather conditions. It’s not uncommon to see teams fail in the post-season because they can’t adjust their game plan. This weekend, Detroit and Cincinnati in particular did poor jobs of coping with shifts in weather. For Chicago and Buffalo, two outdoor teams nestled along the Great Lakes, the wind and rain was just another adjustment.
Youth Brian McCann Jersey Miami recorded a signature win in the second game of the season as Ryan Tannehill led the team to a win over the Indianapolis Colts. Two months later, the Dolphins lost to the previously winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers, largely because of a lack of pass protection.
Locker room issues compounded an already weak offensive line, with the team’s bullying scandal causing it to lose right tackle Jonathan Martin and guard Richie Incognito. As a result, Tannehill has been sacked a total of 11 times in the last three weeks, unable to find his deep routes.