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Even watching it in replay will cause you to do a double take because he just makes it up as he goes along. So check that out on Twitter, After Hours, CBS, on my Twitter, ALawRadio. I know I've promised you some goodies on Facebook, we'll get to that as well. It's a little bit chaotic right now, maybe you can tell when I make up words. We are live from the Rocket Mortgage Studios. Do you need to know what it takes for a home to fit your budget and your family?

It can. Despite all of the changes, the upgrades, the influx of star power to the AFC West, right now, after the first month of the season, it is still the Kansas City Chiefs leading that division at 3-1. Coming off what was, I would say, a morbid loss and a mortifying loss to the Indianapolis Colts in week 3, the offense is locked in from nearly the very beginning for the Chiefs as they go into Tampa and they get the best of Tom Brady and the Buccaneers. We executed the game plan, which was good, Spags and the coaches put a lot of time into that.

The players believed in it and they, you know, they executed it. Against Tom, you know, and that crew that they have, you've got to be spot on. So they're going to score some points, they're good, but you got to be spot on against them. We didn't play our best football last week and in this league, if you don't play good, you're going to lose. That's a great football team. I mean, that's a great defense, a great team led by the best quarterback of all time. And so to come to their house, find a way to score some points and find a way to win, I mean, it gets you kind of hopefully get you kick starting to the rest of this year. Andy Reid and Patrick Mahomes following this victory on Sunday Night Football in Tampa.

And right now we are pleased to welcome TJ Reeves, longtime friend and guest of the show. He's from the Buccaneers sidelines and now that his work is done, we're anxious to pick his brain. But TJ, before we talk about football, football was returning to Tampa after the NFL consulted with local officials and authorities deciding to host the game there at Raymond James in the wake of Hurricane Ian, even though many parts of Florida are even now beginning the recovery process and there are still rescue efforts underway. It's been devastating, obviously, in Florida over the last few days. So what was it like for the Bucks and for you personally as part of the broadcast team to get back to the stadium after everything that happened?

Well, first of all, good to be with you. And I'm glad we're beginning with this because there are things that are much more important than sports and football. And it has just been a harrowing, devastating time, obviously, about 100 miles to the south of Tampa proper, where the game was played tonight in the Fort Myers Cape Coral area. And you're talking about hundreds of thousands of people that are going to be affected for weeks, months and maybe even longer loss of life, like you were talking about. And look, Orlando got hit as well with the with the storm weakening, but still got hit it like a category one hurricane.

So they've still got people displaced without power and problems. So we should not lose sight of that. And there was a real attitude of a camaraderie and feeling for the other people in the state in that stadium tonight.

They're calling it Florida strong and with good reason here, because, Amy, this is not something that's going to be over within a couple of weeks or even in a couple of months with what happened to the south of us in the Tampa Bay area was very fortunate that this thing swung early to the northeast and hit the bottom of the state instead of right through this area. So we realize that we understand that. And it kind of trivializes sports. But now we'll go to the trivial and talk about the game in whichever way you want to lead. I will follow.

I appreciate that. And Tampa certainly is a community that can not only donate money, but offer other support and resources to the communities that were harder hit. We know the Buccaneers are doing that. The NFL is donating a bunch of money.

So is Tom Brady. And so a lot of assistance going to those people who desperately need it. TJ, just personally, what was the last week like for you and your family? So it's crazy because we live in the northern suburbs. And so you're watching everything last Sunday night, last Monday, and you've got to be ready. You've got to be ready to leave. You know, what are you taking with you? You're taking your family. You're taking a pet. You're taking vehicles. And then you've got to figure out where you're going.

Here's the crazy thing. So many people evacuated to the middle of the state to Orlando or beyond, because the track again was to come north of Tampa and then swing into the northeast, maybe over our area or just above our area. Well, it turned out it was much lower geographically, so it swings, it piles right through the middle of the state diagonally, right where thousands and thousands had evacuated to. So thankfully they didn't get hit as bad. But you plan for these things.

You try for these things to plan ahead, to have a supply of water, supply of batteries, supply of nonperishable food, things such as that if you're going to stay. But when you've got a category four, I mean, this is the second most powerful storm that's ever hit the state of Florida, ever. Hurricane Andrew, 1992, and then this one. So when we saw that last Monday or Tuesday, you're on your toes on we may have to get out of here and be in Orlando or be somewhere on the eastern part of the state or the southeastern part of the state. The team went to Miami because that was never part of the hurricane track here to go to go practice this week and be safe with their families.

So it was it was minimal for us in terms of effect. But by the same token, the entire state is always on alert, really, from late June until about this time, the beginning of October, that these things crop up. We're spending a few minutes with T.J. Reeves, who is the Buccaneers sideline reporter for their radio network and has a personal perspective on this week. When you think about the way that the game started with a fumble on the opening kickoff, it was off to the races after that for the Kansas City Chiefs. Wow.

Yeah, no question. And, you know, the Bucks ready to get the ball on offense. The crowd is fired up. And then suddenly it's a rookie Rashad White and the ball's on the ground. And Kansas City got the ball and they're in the end zone before you can spell the home.

They're in the end zone on the path to Kelsey. So that was deflating. But that was not the whole game. I mean, obviously, what happened for the next 59 minutes after that was the real story. And I believe it was just the Chiefs. It may be in a little bit of a revenge mode. They did lose to this team in the Super Bowl.

Obviously, everybody knew that in the storyline. Highly motivated. Mahomes very much locked in. They were phenomenal on third down. Buccaneers could not get off the field again for the second straight week on third down. And the Chiefs did a fantastic job up front of bullying the Buccaneers for a lot of that first three quarters, let's say, where they extended the lead. I mean, they ran the ball for nearly 200 yards. For all the big time throws that Mahomes made, they were just leveling the Buccaneer front seven and running the ball. And that was as big a key as anything. As you point out, 189 yards rushing.

Clyde Edwards, a layer, was pretty much able to do whatever he wanted, but he wasn't the only one. It's been a long time since we've seen the Buccaneers give up this kind of yardage as well as 12 for 17 on third down. The Chiefs go five of six in the red zone.

What happened? Everybody wants to know that answer because the defense has been so good for the first three games. The two wins over Dallas and New Orleans, and really after Aaron Rodgers and company got the 14 points, they really flipped the script and shut them out in the second half as well. But tonight, they didn't have answers up front.

That's a big part of it. And another thing is missed tackles. I know Todd Bowl said after the game to us on Buccaneers radio, he also said it to the media, we're not going to use the displacement to Miami as an excuse. We didn't tackle at all tonight. And we didn't make nearly enough plays on third down when the Chiefs, I believe, hit like nine of their first 10 third downs in the game. That's not winning football.

You're not going to be able to beat a high powered elite team if you can't get off the field. And when the Chiefs go all the way into the final minute of the game and they haven't punted and didn't turn the ball over until Mahomes turned it over with about three minutes left, they had punted the entire night because they kept scoring. So again, as good as everything was the first three weeks, a lot of it came unraveled and Todd Bowl said to us after the game, we are going to go back to the basics.

We are going to go back to the beginning here and start over fundamentally on tackling because it was not good on Sunday night. So TJ, there was one jaw dropping moment for Patrick Mahomes. There, there always is more than one, but there's one that we'll see on Highlight Reels over and over in which he scrambles right to the sideline in the red zone.

He spins out of a tackle toward the end zone, and then there's this combination jump pass push pass to Clyde in the end zone for the touchdown. What was your perspective on that moment? Well, I had a front row seat, a ringside seat, so I'm inside the five yard line doing my job on the sideline for Buccaneers radio and he's coming right at me. So the first, so the first thing is self preservation because I see him coming and I see people chasing. So I back up, I do what you're supposed to do.

I back up four or five steps because I'm not going to be standing there by the dotted yellow line when about a thousand pounds of players plural come plowing into me. So I back up like three steps and he literally is, everybody is now seen on the, on the live call on NBC or on the highlights or on Twitter and the internet, he stopped. And the first thing I'm thinking is, okay, he's going to try to go out of bounds.

No, he stopped. And then suddenly he just did the flick like an optioned underhand flick, perfect touch to Edwards Hilaire. And my, my jaw is open. I know my jaw is open because there are not many players on the planet that make that play athletically that make that play.

And you're right. I've seen things like that regularly from him and I had a ringside seat for that one. I can say this is my 18th year, 18 of them on the Buccaneer sideline. I haven't seen a quarterback athletically stop on a dime like that. And with three or four people bearing down and around him, just suddenly flick the ball effortlessly to an open receiver in the end zone.

That was a great place. He definitely makes it up as he goes along. There's no way they practice these things, right? And it's certainly something like that. It's just, God-given. He has the ability to see things. You know what it reminds me of, you didn't ask me this part, but it reminds me of Wayne Gretzky being a step ahead. Jordan seemed to be a step ahead.

Pick one. And Gretzky was maybe two steps ahead when he played. Mahomes is that way on a lot of what he does. And there are other quarterbacks. Brady can be considered a step ahead, maybe not athletically running around, but Mahomes seems to be a step or two ahead of everything.

And sometimes that gets him in trouble. He gets nonchalant, like the interception there at the very end of the game, but a lot of times it makes for spectacular plays in watching him do that. And again, you can't say enough, somebody was saying upstairs, 602 days, 602 days since Super Bowl 50. And I think the Chiefs were keeping track of that and were ready for some revenge tonight. TJ Reeves, fresh off the Buccaneers sidelines as the Chiefs roll into Tampa and rack up more than 400 yards of offense against that Bucs defense and winning on Sunday Night Football.

It's after hours with Amy Lawrence on CBS Sports Radio. I know that the Buccaneers were trailing most of the game and in the first half they were trailing by three scores for a stretch there, but are you surprised by the disparity between passing and only three rushing yards on six attempts for the Bucs in this game? Not nearly enough. They've got to get that fixed. And this has happened from time to time over the last three years with Byron Leftwich calling plays. And of course, this is the first year that Bruce Arians is not there as well, whose forte is play calling, game planning, scheming around things. They've got to get that part figured out and really the last two weeks not able to run the ball nearly effectively enough.

And there are some times where circumstances dictate that. I mean, tonight when the game is 21 to three in the first half, how much are you going to run it? You come out to start the second half and you pick up a first down, but then you can't do anything else with the ball. You're not going to be running the ball in that situation, so they have got to find a way to get some balance back, especially with Leonard Fournette, because you have the ability to kind of keep the defense at least on its heels at times and set up your play action some at times. They haven't, and by their own admission, Todd Bowles said it, Tom Brady said it tonight after the game, they didn't do nearly good enough at sustaining drives and getting the run game going. That has got to change as you move forward here, but you also credit Kansas City.

Again, they fortified their defense, Bagnola was ready, and they took a lot of things away from the Bucks tonight and got a revenge win for sure. Mike Evans returns to the lineup and had a big game. Of course, that connection with Tom Brady is amazing, and with his second quarter touchdown, he broke the career franchise record for yards from scrimmage. What are a few words that you can use to describe what Mike has meant to the Buccaneers?

Special player. There is no doubt that he is a special player with respect to catch radius, go up and get the ball. I don't know that there is a better receiver in the NFL, certainly in his time over the last eight years, at vertical, go up and outfight defenders for the football.

With the long arms and the catch radius, he is such a great target, but he will also go down the field and take a hit. He took some pops in the first half, including on his touchdown, and still kept going. It makes a tremendous difference to have Chris Godwin, Julio Jones was out there some. I did not get feedback after the game whether Julio re-aggravated the knee injury. He did not play a lot in the second half, Amy, of the game, so again, he has been bothered by the knee since the Dallas game, and it may have been bothering him again in the second half of the game tonight, but this is a different offense when you have those guys out there.

It frees up some of the others, like a Cameron Braid, or like a Russell Gage, and others to go make some plays, because you have those weapons back there, and Evans, even while being double-teamed, a good portion of the time that he is out there on the field, will still make plays, and Brady still is able to put him in the right spot to make plays after the catch, even, so that was fun to watch. That was one of the ways they got back in the game. Clearly, they were back in the game late in the first half. The problem is they just could not stop the Chiefs after halftime from putting points on the board and keeping the arms length away. Credit Andy Reid, and credit the Chiefs' offense for keeping on the gas. TJ Reis is with us from Tampa.

It's After Hours on CBS Sports Radio. Before I let you go, we're talking about the Chiefs' offense and the Bucs' defense, but it had been a fairly anemic start to the season for Tom Brady's offense. Through what, 11 quarters, they had three offensive touchdowns, so we saw a lot more points tonight. How far are they away from finding that rhythm that we saw with them in the last couple seasons?

Oh, I think it's coming, and you saw it tonight. If he stays healthy, and obviously he got popped in the first half, and we were concerned on that blitz where he went down, he went and threw the ball some, and of course they went down the field and scored a touchdown after that, and he still had zip on the ball in the second half, so now he'll get checked, and obviously at 45 years of age, you're concerned about that shoulder or any time he gets hit like that, but the offense has weapons. You just have got to find some balance running the football. You put 31 points up on the board.

He threw for over 300 tonight in the game. I think I saw this was only the fifth time, five in 130 times, where he put and his offense put 31 points on the board, and they didn't win the game, so it's very unusual, not common for them to have that kind of offensive night either in New England or Tampa Bay and not win the game, so I think this team will be better moving forward, and these were four tough games, again, on the road at Dallas, on the road at New Orleans, then at home with Green Bay, an elite team, and at home with Kansas City, an elite team, so you end up two and two, long way to go. Let's see if the Bucks get back to some normalcy after being displaced last week for the hurricane with practice and get ready to play the Atlanta Falcons and see what happens from there.

Next three games are Falcons at Pittsburgh and then at Carolina, so two games there in the NFC South. You can find TJ Reeves on Twitter at Buck, B-U-C, Sideline Guy, fresh off the Buccaneers Radio Network and Sunday Night Football, but mostly we appreciate his insight about what it's been like in the state of Florida for these last few days. TJ, always good to catch up with you. Thank you so much. Anything for you, young Lenny.

Have a great evening. Very personal for anyone who was in Florida this week, even if it wasn't a direct hit to Tampa the way that it was expected initially, even if you were in central Florida and the hurricane wasn't even supposed to impact you, but it ends up doing the same. And man, what a piece of information, insight from TJ that I didn't realize. So many people who left the Gulf Coast ended up in the Orlando area and they then had to deal with the brunt of the storm too because of how it continued marching through central Florida and on up toward the Jacksonville area. So I appreciate TJ and I understand the tough nature of this decision to hold the game in Tampa, ultimately feeling like it was an opportunity for the Buccaneers to get back home after they and their families had been displaced, but also an opportunity to highlight the plight of Floridians. And of course, we know there is a lot of money pouring in, not just from the Buccaneers franchise and individual players from the NFL as well. And that will help. It'll help in the recovery and the rescue efforts. You can find me on Twitter, ALawRadio. We just did put up our four candidates who could be, should be, will be the most mortified on Monday.

Misery loves its company and mortification also loves company. So we've given you four candidates teams. We focus on teams, although there are certainly plenty of players who could fit the bill. And we want you to tell us which team should be most mortified after its week four performance. So on Twitter, on our Facebook page, excuse me, that will be going up very soon coming up. One of the candidates, this is becoming a pattern for one of our candidates. It's more than just Monday mortification.

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Terms and conditions apply. It's After Hours with Amy Lawrence on CBS Sports Radio. You are listening to the After Hours Podcast. Second down, Lamar Jackson takes a snap, shovel pass goes to Dobbins, bangs off it, fills the fender and in for the touchdown. Ravens have had the ball for eight and a half minutes on this drive. Fifteenth play of the drive coming up. Jackson stands five yards deep in the backfield, JK Dobbins behind him to give us a double. Running to the left, he's got a crease, he's got a hole, he's got a touchdown Ravens! They're definitely taking advantage of their size and their power with a run game and when you take that much time off the clock, the one thing that you do, you keep Josh Allen on the sideline and I've never seen an offense score from the sideline in the National Football League.

It's time to pull on the pads and hit somebody. On After Hours with Amy Lawrence, CBS Sports Radio. It was nasty weather conditions in Baltimore and initially that favored the home team, the Ravens as you hear with Jerry Sandusky on Ravens Radio. Josh Allen has an interception on the opening drive and Baltimore's Marlon Humphrey is able to get back to the four yard line, JK Dobbins has the touchdown in the first 90 seconds. You're a Ravens fan and you thought that was going to set the tone for the game, you were partly right. It's After Hours with Amy Lawrence on CBS Sports Radio. Second Baltimore drive, nine minutes with the football.

How about that? Nine minutes. This is what the Ravens offense is capable of and it's what you hear there on that radio clip. It's really difficult for Josh Allen and the Bills to hurt you when he's standing on the sidelines getting wet, which he was. A nine minute drive capped by a second JK Dobbins touchdown and initially everything's coming up roses, purple of course. Devin Singletary has a fumble, he gets benched for a while, that leads to a Baltimore field goal and they're up 17 late in the second quarter.

However, that wasn't the end of the game. Buffalo finds a rhythm for the two minute drill and this had to change the entire tone of the locker room at halftime. In the muck, they go 11 plays, 76 yards and Josh Allen fires a rifle to Isaiah McKenzie and they're able to salvage a 10 point deficit. Again, being down 20 to three, two initial turnovers that lead to Baltimore points.

For them to be able to go into the locker room only down 20 to 10, I thought was huge. And man, we have seen this from Baltimore before, a second half collapse. So remember week number two, they're leading by 21 points in the third quarter. And what happens against Miami, Tua throws four touchdown passes, throws for nearly 200 yards in the fourth quarter alone. Not only does the Ravens defense have no energy left to slow down the dolphins in Tua because they're gassed, they've been on the field so much.

Why? Because the Ravens offense could do absolutely nothing to keep Tua and the dolphins off the field. And it was more of that in the second half, in Baltimore again.

And I know the weather, but both teams had to deal with it. First and goal. This drive started for the Bills back in their own 24 yard line, trying to find the end zone.

Josh takes shotgun snap, back to throw, fires. This one is caught at the three yard line, into the end zone, touchdown. Isaiah McKenzie, a four yard touchdown catch from Josh Allen. The Bills hit the end zone with nine seconds left in the first half.

11-3. Bills at the Ravens 11 yard line. They show blitz again. Josh takes the snap, back to throw. Now he's going to run it around the left side. First down yardage inside the five, headed towards the end zone. Is he in?

Yes. Touchdown Buffalo. Josh Allen around the left side. Touchdown and 11 yard run for the Buffalo quarterback.

What a play. Davis in the backfield with Lamar Jackson. Now he's in motion to the left side. In the shotgun, snap, Jackson going to throw, takes a look.

Back to back. Collapsing. Drops back. Throws it towards the end zone. It is intercepted in the end zone. Picked off in the end zone. Jordan Poyer stepped in front of that pass. Picked off in the end zone by the Bills' veteran safety, Jordan Poyer.

How about that one? Oh, it goes hand in hand, offense and defense. So Baltimore's second half is this, two punts after short drives, back to back interceptions by Lamar and the last one you hear with Jordan Poyer comes on fourth and goal in the end zone.

So the decision by John Harbaugh, highly scrutinized, under a microscope. This is late in the game. Instead of taking the three points on a field goal, it was a chip shot and it's Justin Tucker, so duh. Instead of taking the three points on a field goal, he keeps the ball in the hands of his quarterback. Again, fourth and goal from the two yard line. And what does Lamar do but throw an interception?

And credit Jordan Poyer. He was following the quarterback, seeing the pressure and made a veteran play. And so then it's up to the Bills to try to make something of that takeaway. And you should have known the way the second half was going, there was really not a whole lot that was going to stop the Buffalo Bills. They marched 12 plays to get into field goal range. Bills are lined up for the Univera field goal attempt, the game winning field goal attempt one would think with three seconds left. They'll spot the ball down at the 11 yard line. It's a 21 yard attempt out of the hold or out of the snap of Reid Ferguson, the hold of Sam Martin. Here we go with three seconds left. The snap is down. Tyler Bass. The kick is up.

The kick is good. The clock says zero. The Bills have won it in Baltimore. The Bills came from 17 points down to beat the Baltimore Ravens.

Unbelievable. John Murphy on Bills radio, 20 unanswered points in the rain for the Bills. Man, what a charge this puts into Buffalo to do it on the road at Baltimore after the way they were overwhelmed and manhandled in the first half. And their own mistakes giving Lamar Jackson and the Ravens extra opportunities. So the numbers aren't really anything that would pop.

Again, it was difficult conditions. Baltimore commits two turnovers and nine penalties. And the Ravens waste 162 rushing yards, which is nothing to sneeze at.

It's after hours here on CBS Sports Radio. So what was the message at halftime after the Bills had pulled within 10 on that late second quarter drive? We just scored.

You know, the message was just be us, stop hurting ourselves and stop shooting ourselves in the foot. That's what we tried to do coming out in the second half and like I said, we won a game because of it. But our defense, they played outstanding. They gave us a shot in the second half. Our guys put their heads down and they worked. That was a tough football game by two tough teams.

So give them credit. They had a really good plan going into it and we just found a way. So interesting after Sunday Night Football, we hear both Andy Reid and Patrick Mahomes and others talk about how the loss to the Colts and how poorly they played against the Colts served us fuel for this week's game on the road at Tampa. Similar sentiments from Von Miller. Remember Buffalo lost last week and it was rough. There were some plays of course that are going to stick with them, some plays that they would love to have back and Von Miller said actually we turned that into a positive.

Having that on our minds and having that on our souls, coming into this game, we wanted to win. We wanted to keep playing until it said zero and football guys just fell our way this week. So it was actually Buffalo last week that had a bad pass on fourth down at the two yard line.

Right? Man, it's a small world in the NFL. If I remember correctly, Josh Allen misfired and left the ball at Isaiah McKenzie's feet in the end zone. So this time it's the Ravens who go forward on fourth and goal from the two yard line.

But why John Harbaugh? Why go for the touchdown in a tie game when you had the three points if you kick? I felt like it gave us the best chance to win the game because seven, the worst that happens is if they go down the field and score, and I think we'll get them stopped, but if they go down the field and score a touchdown, the worst thing that can happen is that you're in overtime. But you kick a field goal there, now it's not a three down game anymore, it's a four down game.

You're putting them out there, you're putting your defense at a disadvantage because they've got four downs to convert all the way down the field and a chance to, again, score seven and then you lose the game. I was fine with it, you know, because we would have executed that, we would have scored a touchdown. That wouldn't have been no question right now. Nobody wouldn't be disappointed.

Next time we'll get it. I mean, the Bills would have been disappointed, but yeah, I mean, most of the time from your offensive guys, you're going to get validation for the call and the decision to go for it on fourth down when you're that close. Now credit the Bills, credit Jordan Poyer, and I understand the point that John Harbaugh is making, although it's funny that he brings in the analytics. Fact is that the Bills had been killing it on offense. It would have been four down territory because it was late in the game and they would have had to have a touchdown to be able to, well, I guess a field goal would have tied, but he felt like it was four down territory because they were going to be, you know, peddled to the medal mode. Either way, as it turned out, the Bills didn't get into the end zone. Now, would they have played it differently if the Ravens scored a touchdown?

Maybe so you can't really go back and recreate and play the what if game, but still in those conditions in the rain, I don't know. Maybe he just didn't like the way his defense was playing in the second half. So the Bills come back with a dramatic rally, which means the Ravens once again are feeling as though they coughed up a huge lead at home and left a win out there on the field. They snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. And so the Ravens are in the mortification Monday poll. Which team should be the most mortified as we head into a Monday?

On Twitter, after hours, CBS, on my Twitter or on our Facebook page, yes, I owe you a photo on Facebook. I promise I have not forgotten. Now coming up, we've put it off long enough. The Kenny Pickett era. Has it actually begun or was this just a one off for the Pittsburgh Steelers?

But man, was the crowd happy to see. Some fans gear up for game day, but some fans follow their team every day. That's why the locked on podcast network has a daily podcast for your favorite MLB team.

Every trade, every overtime win, every game. Our local experts cover the biggest stories around your team every day. Search locked on plus your favorite MLB team on the Odyssey app or wherever you get podcasts. The locked on podcast network, your team every day. You are listening to the after hours podcast. Pittsburgh starts from their own 23 yard line.

Biscay. And you're stepped in at the 40 yard line by LaMarcus Joiner. Kenny Pickett on the field for the first time in regular season play. A young man from Pitt who helped them win the ACC title last year, led them to the beach bowl.

And there are a lot of happy people in the stands that Kenny is going to be given a shot here. Off the field, on the money and after hours, it's time to talk football with Amy Lawrence. Couple of moments there that changed everything for the Steelers on Sunday. The interception, struggling again, the offense struggling again with Mitch at the helm. And then you hear the roars at field as Kenny Pickett enters the game for the Steelers in the second half. Really Bill didn't need to tell you what was happening. If you're following along, you knew as soon as he got on the field.

It's after hours with Amy Lawrence on CBS sports radio. Welcome to the NFL, Kenny Pickett. And we'll give you not only a couple of the highs and the lows, but also the comments by Mike Tomlin after the game. Because lest you think this was a permanent move, think again. We did not put the Steelers in our Monday mortification poll because I think there's a lot of fans out there who believe no matter what Kenny Pickett did on Sunday, the Steelers are better off with him as the QB.

So again, don't know what happens moving forward. You will hear from Mike Tomlin. But also the Ravens in the AFC North had more mortification anyway.

So take that poll on Twitter, ALOL radio and also on our Facebook page. So it's kind of funny because to start this game, I put a heading and the two teams and where they're playing at the top of each one of my note cards and the first thing I wrote for this game, Jets and Steelers, no quarterback change for Pittsburgh, but Zach Wilson returns for the Jets. Well, that only applied for the first half, right?

There actually was an early 10-0 lead for the Jets because of that Trubisky interception and then a 70-yard drive to start the second quarter. So Zach Wilson, after his knee procedure, missed most of the preseason and obviously the first three weeks of the regular season and instead of throwing for a touchdown, what does he do? He catches the ball in the end zone from Braxton Berrios and then said after the game that he has the best hands on the team. Huh, that boy, sorry, that young man definitely is no shortage of confidence. He believes in himself, which is good, he and Robert Salah.

After everything that Robert Salah said about him, I suppose, he definitely does have a head full of confidence. So Pittsburgh starts Kenny Pickett in the third quarter after no touchdowns before the break and actually gets a first down on a quarterback sneak, very first drive. They keep the ball in Pickett's hands and he sneaks for a first down when they're facing a fourth and short, though his first NFL pass doesn't quite go the way that you would draw it up. Kenny Pickett in the shotgun, roaring to his right, Pickett has yet to throw the ball, takes the snap, play action, rolls to his right, looks back to the left, heaves a bomb and a double coverage, jump ball, and it is, and I think intercepted. Jordan Whitehead picks it off as it taroms off Claypool. The first pass from Kenny Pickett is a giveaway. That's Bob Washusen on Jets Radio.

So you see the fourth down with the QB sneak, but then the interception. Rookies giveth and they taketh away. That's just how it goes with rookies.

It's a wild ride. Now, Minkovich Patrick returns the favor, I freaking love Minkovich Patrick. He's phenomenal. One of the best decisions that the Steelers and Mike Tomlin ever made. So he returns the favor with a tipped interception of his own and takes the ball into the red zone and that puts the ball then back in the hands of his rookie QB. Everything in tight, third and goal, Pickett, second effort, he's in! Second effort got Pickett into the end zone for his first career touchdown and the Steelers have forged ahead. Claypool jet motion, play-action fake, Pickett's gonna run, get to the goal line, touchdown Pittsburgh! Kenny Pickett, his second of the game, second of his career and the Steelers open up a little breathing room.

Yeah, kind of interesting, right? That second touchdown run and the roars there in Pittsburgh as the Steelers go up 20-10. So they have a double-digit lead, but the last two drives, not quite as productive. It's after hours on CBS Sports Radio. Zach Wilson, no longer a rookie. Little bit of gamesmanship, anything you can do rookie, I can do better. He sparks a pair of fourth quarter touchdown drives and the Jets are able to rally, but it's actually a lot of fun to hear the back and forth.

Wild ride, roller coaster in Pittsburgh. Pickett throws this side of the field and it is picked off! Picked off by Michael Carter after the tipped ball. Inside the two, Wilson takes the snap, handoff, Hall up the middle, extra effort at the goal line, the ball popped out! He might have lost it at the goal line, the Jets think he got across the goal line. Nine seconds to go, the clock has stopped, and an official threw the beanbag signaling a fumble. The Jets think it's a touchdown. The runner broke the plane of the goal line, therefore by rule that is a touchdown. The Jets have a touchdown! Breece Hall did indeed break the plane before the ball popped out. Now the Steelers third loss during the row, here's the Hail Mary pass for the end zone scrum, and it is a touchback, an interception. Interception made by LaMarcus Joyner, his second of the game, and that ends it at Accra Shure Stadium.

We launched that baby, that thing got some air, had a chance, close but no cigar. We're disappointed, but what transpired is not anything mystical and that's what we talked about as a collective in there. No disrespect to the Jets, man, they made plays and won the football game, but it's not about who we play, it's not about rabbit's foots and so forth. We got to play better, we got to put them in better position, we got to perform better and I'm talking about the collection of players and coaches in there, it's very tangible and fundamental things. I thought we were highly penalized, particularly in the first half, I thought it killed some drives. Obviously, we got to possess the ball better, we got to get necessary stops when we need them. Okay, yeah, yeah, yeah. What about the decision, I love you Coach Tomlin, but what about the decision to pull Trubisky at the half?

I'm not going to talk extended as we sit here. We did what we needed to do to put ourselves in position to win this game and we'll do it again, but I like to just keep it where we are in terms of what transpired here today. We'll deal with next week, next week. All right, so no thoughts on the future for the Pittsburgh Steelers, but it was the debut for Kenny Pickett.

It was the best of times and it was the worst of times. Three interceptions, but he does have two rushing touchdowns and an entire city, a Steelers nation behind him, but this was a Jets win. It's after hours with Amy Lawrence on CBS Sports Radio. Some fans gear up for game day, but some fans follow their team every day. That's why the Locked On Podcast Network has a daily podcast for your favorite MLB team. Every trade, every overtime win, every game. Our local experts cover the biggest stories around your team every day. Search Locked On plus your favorite MLB team on the Odyssey app or wherever you get podcasts. The Locked On Podcast Network, your team every day.
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