4 winners and 3 losers from Steelers 38-29 win vs. Eagles

Chase Claypool #11 of the Pittsburgh Steelers (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
Chase Claypool #11 of the Pittsburgh Steelers (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images) /
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Chase Claypool #11 of the Pittsburgh Steelers. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images) /

Winner: Chase Claypool

There was no bigger winner than Chase Claypool in this game. The rookie receiver was dominant in almost every way, constantly beating coverage utilizing his freaky athleticism to score four total times. Early hype began swirling during training camp, and he has since lived up to it. On top of his impressive score total, he also chipped in seven receptions and 110 yards with a long of 35. He was a weapon for the offense and was easily the best target of the day.

To be fair, I was wrong about how Claypool would succeed during his rookie year. He seemed like a player that would be incorporated as a red zone threat early, one that would score a lot but not necessarily have the yards due to the short fields he would be playing with. The Steelers have gotten him the ball early and often though, and he has made the most of his opportunities. Going forward, it will be hard to keep him off the field.

The Steelers know how to draft receivers, and that became apparent once again on Sunday. Claypool looks better than he did in college, and his speed and athleticism are far more apparent as a pro than they were at Notre Dame. He could be in for a special rookie season, as he is quickly ascending the Steelers depth chart at the position. He may be a full-time starter sooner than most people would have guessed.

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While the win wasn’t always guaranteed, the Steelers played a hard-fought game en route to their fourth straight victory. The Steelers winners will look to continue their great play next week while the losers will look to rebound. No matter what, the Steelers are ready to compete this year and should be in store for a deep playoff run.