The Pittsburgh Steelers were humiliated so badly against the Eagles that posting their highest-graded players from Week 8 is simply a mockery.
After one of the single-worst outings I’ve ever seen from the Pittsburgh Steelers, I struggled to find a single positive takeaway from their abysmal performance against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 8. Even after rewatching the game a second time and thoroughly examining the film, this was still the case.
Outside of maybe one or two guys, it’s hard to point to a single player from their blowout loss on Sunday and claim that they had a really good game. However, that didn’t stop Pro Football Focus from sharing their weekly post on Twitter of Pittsburgh’s highest-graded players from the team.
These grades have never looked so sad. Cameron Sutton was Pittsburgh’s top-graded player this week, and he at least looked respectable in coverage next to an otherwise porous secondary. As usual, Pat Freiermuth has a solid afternoon though he caught just 4 balls for 57 yards, via ESPN stats. However, I didn’t think the other three names on this list played very well at all.
Kevin Dotson was responsible for multiple pressures surrendered as well as a costly stip-sack of Kenny Pickett. I feel like his grade should have been much worse. Meanwhile, Chris Wormley was essentially a non-factor as he wasn’t involved in so much as a single tackle, while Devin Bush was routinely washed out of plays by guards and tight ends getting to the second level.
Which Steelers are the least to blame in the blowout loss vs Eagles?
The blame for the results of this disgusting football game run deep. Mike Tomlin, Matt Canada, and Kenny Pickett deserve the bulk of the criticism, in my opinion. However, there is clearly a talent issue all-around as players were embarrassed by a much more talented Eagles team.
As I mentioned, there were just a few players who should be looked at in a positive light from this game. Cam Sutton and Pat Freiermuth are two of them that I agree with on Pro Football Focus’s list this week. The sickening results of this game shouldn’t be pinned on these two guys, as they each did their part.
However, I would also add Jaylen Warren as one of the very few Steelers winners in this game. Warren looked fast, decisive, and explosive each time he touched the football. This resulted in chunking off 50 yards on 6 carries (8.3 yards per carry) as well as chipping in 3 receptions for 25 yards. Behind the same offensive line, Najee Harris earned 4.0 yards per carry and 4.3 yards per reception.
Context does matter here. It’s important to consider that most of Warren’s touches came later in the game or out of shotgun. However, this isn’t to take away from the quality afternoon he had against the Eagles.
Outside of these three guys, you’d be hard-pressed to find another player worth commemorating from this game. The Pittsburgh Steelers were terrible in nearly every facet of the game, and their top PFF grades are just a mockery of a performance we would love to forget about.