Steelers OLB Alex Highsmith
Alex Highsmith also had one of his better games as a professional under the primetime lights on Monday night. Highsmith notched 2 sacks and 7 tackles and pulled off a wonderful spin move. Highsmith has progressively gotten better and better as the season progressed.
Highsmith’s 2 sacks in a single game are a career-high for him and he has turned out to be a great value pick from the 3rd-round. Highsmith’s sacks were also forceful and he even bear-hugged Mayfield so you could only see the jersey, name, and number of Alex.
Highsmith is a highly active tackler and he was again tonight. He is one of the teams’ most secure tacklers over the last 2 seasons and is good at finding the football. The Steelers are set at the edge position for a long time and hopefully, something is done while Highsmith and Watt are wearing the same jersey. When both Alex and T.J. have great games, the defense seems unstoppable.
The team brought its all against the Browns to serve Big Ben his 98th career win at Heinz Field. These three players were the stars of tonight but I would like to mention J.C. Hassenauer. J.C. earned his first career start at center on Monday night and it was a good thing he did because the offensive line was incredible with its run blocking.
The Steelers sit at 8-7-1 and Ben Roethlisberger never had a losing season in 18 years, Mike Tomlin has never had one in 15 seasons and now has the longest streak without a losing season as a head coach. The season is not over yet as Pittsburgh still has to travel to Baltimore to play the Ravens, but without a win against them, a Jaguars win against the Colts and a Chargers or Raiders win/loss, the Steelers playoff chances will dwindle and Ben will not see one last playoff game.