Grades: Three Steelers who fell short vs. Chiefs

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The Pittsburgh Steelers had a golden opportunity to have a winning record with starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger sidelined. Instead, yesterday at Arrowhead Stadium they fell short against a Kansas City Cheifs team that had lost their last five games.

As with every loss, there were a number of culprits, but these three individuals really stood out as deserving bad grades.

1. Landry Jones: C-

It’s tough to blame a guy for struggling in his first NFL start, but it is what it is.

After playing surprisingly well against Arizona when Michael Vick was injured, Jones took a big step backwards this week facing Kansas City. Jones made a few nice throws and found Martavis Bryant in the endzone but he also threw two interceptions and finished the game with a dismal 60.8 passer rating. More importantly, he lost a fumble at a crucial moment.

When it was all over Jones was his own worst critic, per Ed Bouchette a the Post-Gazette:

“I don’t think I played very well. Just from the initial feeling. I’ve got to make plays out there.”

Fortunately for Steelers fans, he won’t have to any time soon – Roethlisberger is expected to return against the Bengals.