2 winners and 4 losers from Steelers 23-17 loss vs Washington
Winner: The coverage on Terry McLaurin
On the flip side, the Steelers did a great job of covering the Football Team’s primary threat on offense. When Antonio Gibson went down, the last true threat on their offense was standout sophomore receiver, Terry McLaurin. The deep threat is dangerous anytime he gets the ball in his hands. The Steelers did a great job limiting him though and keeping him from hurting the team deep.
On the day, McLaurin only had two receptions for 14 yards. Considering how talented this player is, that is an accomplishment for this unit, especially considering that this defense has been susceptible to big plays deep. The Steelers game-planned accordingly for McLaurin, as they kept a cornerback on him at all times and often bracketed him with a safety.
One play, in particular, comes to mind with how successful this defense was against McLaurin. He beat Joe Haden off the line, but Minkah Fitzpatrick kept the pace with him and broke up what looked like it could have been a touchdown. While the Steelers lost this week, it wasn’t due to the solid coverage the team had against Washington.