Steelers positional report card in loss against Bills

Devin Bush #55 of the Pittsburgh Steelers (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)
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The Steelers may have fallen to the Bills on Sunday night, but there were some positives to note. Here is my positional report card from Pittsburgh’s loss.

Despite the Steelers offensive struggles in the early going against the Bills, I’ll admit that I still had a positive outlook on the game. Pittsburgh’s defense wasn’t giving an inch, while Devlin Hodges and James Washington were connecting down the field.

However, disaster set in late in the game. Hodges threw 3 interceptions in the second half – increasing his total to 4 on the night – and the Steelers managed to put up just 10 points at home. Here is my positional report card after Pittsburgh’s 17-10 loss to the Bills:

Offensive positional grades:

Quarterback: F

There really isn’t a lot to dispute here. Don’t get me wrong, I love Duck’s willingness to throw the ball down the field, but his velocity, accuracy, and decision making just aren’t where they need it to be. Though the Steelers turned the ball over 5 times, they lost by just one score. This is a performance Hodges would love to get back.

Running backs: B-

James Conner looked healthy on Sunday night – rushing 8 times for 42 yards (5.3 yards per carry). However, the rest of the backfield hardly netted positive yardage with the Steelers other 7 touches during the Bills game. Still, Pittsburgh may have abandoned the run too soon. They ran the ball just 15 times as opposed to their 38 pass attempts.