“I didn’t know how to feel because the Steelers are an AFC team”, he said.
Watt saw more snaps on defense than any other player for the Steelers, taking part in 82 percent of all defensive plays after totaling 63 snaps. Dobbs started the game poorly, with the offense sputtering to three-and-outs on its first three possessions.
As for their additional points, the Steelers had two field goals converted by Chris Boswell from 48 and 37 yards.
“We wanted to get a good look at him, but he’s got to take care of the ball”, the coach said.
“Anytime you get the opportunity, you want to be productive, and that’s what I was thinking about”, he said.
A fourth-round pick out of Tennessee, Dobbs didn’t get off to a quick start. He made tackles on the game’s first two plays and finished with a team-high five stops (four solo), despite participating in only 11 plays.
Watt had sacks on the Giants’ first two pass attempts Friday night.
“We are going to put our foot on the gas and proceed”, said Tomlin.
Pittsburgh also was without injured backup Landry Jones, but that didn’t matter because the Giants didn’t get much from either Josh Johnson or Geno Smith, and NY was generous with the football. Additionally, his two touchdown passes, of which one was nullified by a penalty, were probably his best throws of the night.
Tampa Bay opened the game with a 14-play, 92-yard drive but had to settle for a field goal after Adam “Pacman” Jones broke up a pair of Winston’s passes in the end zone.
As for the Giants, Eli Manning sat out and let Geno Smith and Davis Webb contribute to the offense.
Rudolph retuned three kicks for 66 yards, his longest a 31-yard dash up the middle. Smith started the game, completing 10/16 passes for 114 yards.
Smith hit speedster Tyreek Hill for a 32-yard gain on the first play of the game, and Spencer Ware capped a 75-yard march with a short TD run to give the Chiefs a 7-0 lead. Unfortunately, Deayon’s muffed punt just prior to halftime, which led to a Steelers touchdown on the very next play, stuck out in McAdoo’s mind.
Second-round draft pick JuJu Smith-Shuster suffered a concussion in the first quarter and did not return, putting the wide receiver’s availability for next week’s game against Atlanta in question. Giants veteran S Duke Ihenacho pulled a hamstring in the second quarter and did not return.
MISSING STARS: Steelers WRs Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant, who is coming off a one-year suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, did not play. NY also rested DE Jason Pierre-Paul and CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. Brandon Marshall played only one series.