Pittsburgh Steelers Week 9 Winners and Losers
What is happening? The Steelers are actually playing to their talent level, not the opposing teams. When was the last time they did that. Don’t look now but the Steelers have become one of the NFL’s most dangerous teams. Their young players are finally starting to develop, their aged veterans play like they are still in their prime, and the coordinators are shoving all of Big Bens touchdown footballs in their critics mouths. As it has been the past couple weeks, there are a lot of winners and losers, but let’s take a look at the biggest winners and losers of the game.
Who better to start with than the record setter for two weeks in a row now, Ben Roethlisberger is seriously an MVP candidate. Ben ended up throwing for 340 yards and 6 touchdowns! That’s 12 touchdowns in two games. Ben is playing on a whole other level than he has ever played at, and his receivers and offensive line are certainly doing their part.
The Steelers have found themselves a weapon, and it’s in the form of a 4th round rookie. For the second week in a row, Bryant has caught two touchdown passes. He totaled 44 yards, but it’s in the red zone where Bryant makes his presence felt. You also start to notice that Roethlisberger is really starting to look Bryant’s way more and more.
Nov 2, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown (84) runs after a pass reception as Baltimore Ravens defensive back Will Hill (33) and cornerback Lardarius Webb (21) defend during the third quarter at Heinz Field. The Steelers won 43-23. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Another week at the office for Antonio Brown. 11 receptions, 144 yards, and a touchdown.
James Harrison wasn’t even on the team for 3 weeks of the season, yet he is leading the Steelers in sacks, with an impressive 4 in the last two games. Pittsburgh’s pass rush has really improved throughout the season, and Harrison is certainly a reason why.
Antwon Blake has really impressed me these past couple weeks, and this game was his best yet. He had excellent coverage all game long, with the exception of the touchdown, and had several pass breakups on really good receivers Torrey Smith and Steve Smith. The Steelers may have something with Blake and I am excited to continue to watch him develop.
The only loser this week is the kickoff unit that let Jacoby Jones score after us Steelers fans thought that finally the Steelers put away a game.
Another great win for the Steelers! Let me know what you think about the article by leaving a comment.