Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Big Plays Victimize Dbs Packers QB Struggled since Replacing Rodgers, until Meeting Steelers

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Big Plays Victimize Dbs Packers QB Struggled since Replacing Rodgers, until Meeting Steelers

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Maybe it didn't matter that Aaron Rodgers wasn't in uniform for the Green Bay Packers. Not with the way the Steelers secondary made Brett Hundley look like Brett Favre.

If he were, maybe the Packers, who were shut out last week at home by the Baltimore Ravens, would have doubled their 28-point total Sunday night at Heinz Field.

Really, it doesn't seem to matter who plays quarterback against the Steelers and their suddenly suspect secondary. Doesn't matter if it's Jacoby Brissett subbing for Andrew Luck or Hundley stepping in for Rodgers.

Not at the alarming rate the Steelers are allowing long touchdown passes.

"I felt we played pretty solid beside three plays," said cornerback Coty Sensabaugh.

But oh, those three plays.

Hundley, who had thrown only two touchdowns in five games since replacing the injured Rodgers, threw three against the heavily favored Steelers. And, as in the past three games, they were big-play touchdowns, the type that make a defense look bad.

And Hundley, like Brissett, made the Steelers look bad.

He threw a 39-yard touchdown to Randall Cobb in the first quarter, a 54-yard catch-and-run touchdown on a screen pass to running back Jamaal Williams in the second quarter and a 55-yard scoring pass to a wide-open Davante Adams behind Sensabaugh in the third quarter. Adams has caught three of Hundley's five touchdowns in six games.

"These guys are attacking us a certain way and we know it's coming," cornerback Artie Burns said. "That's why we see it every week. Teams try to hit us the same way and we keep getting hit the same way."

And the Steelers have done nothing to prevent it. In the past 11 quarters, dating to the second quarter of the 20-17 comeback victory in Indianapolis, the defense has allowed touchdown passes of 54, 55, 60, 61 and 75 yards.

What's more, nine of the 10 longest pass plays this season have come in the past 11 quarters. …

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