Steelers vs Vikings: Winners and losers from upsetting Week 14 loss

Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers (Photo by David Berding/Getty Images)
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Kendrick Green #53 of the Pittsburgh Steelers (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images) /

Steelers loser: Kendrick Green

When I recently ranked the Steelers rookies based on their play, I had Kendrick Green as the second-worst pick behind Buddy Johnson. The only reason that Green wasn’t at the bottom of the list is because Johnson has rarely been active this week. Unfortunately, Green hasn’t done anything to make the case that he has been better than where he fell on that list.

For starters, his blocking still shows a lot of the inconsistencies that he displayed in college. A lot of this is due to him playing a relatively new position as a center. His lack of stature and technique hasn’t helped either. He is regularly getting walked back on plays which leads to pressures and run stops close to the line of scrimmage.

What has really become a concern is his ability to actually snap the ball. It seems like his technique has gotten even worse in recent weeks as his snaps are consistently coming in too high or off to the side. These have been drive killers for an offense that can barely move the ball. Green has been a major disappointment to this point. He better makes some strides next season or else a benching has to be considered.

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It was a whirlwind of emotions for the Steelers as they faced the Vikings. The first half of the game was pathetic, but the team turned it around and almost made the comeback. It wasn’t meant to be though. The winners weren’t enough to overcome the losers’ fallacies this week.