The Steelers defense came up 'big' when it mattered the most
Make no mistake, the game against the Browns was won on defense. The offense was anemic and needed help from the defense and the defense delivered, in a big way. How's this for a stat line: the Steelers defense generated six sacks, forced four turnovers, and scored two TDs themselves.
Again, the game against the Browns was won on defense, but the stark reality of that mode of winning is that it is not sustainable. We can't assume that Alex Highsmith and T.J. Watt are going to be able to combine for two sacks, one INT, and one 'scoop and score' every game.
This performance on defense really was a total team effort and we won despite giving up almost two hundred yards on the ground. I would dare say that the mere presence of Cam Heyward was missed and will be for quite some time. We had better figure out how to stop the run post haste.
I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge how special the special teams were against the Browns. Our kicker, Chris Boswell, and our punter, Pressley Harvin III, were phenomenal. 'Boz" went two for two on FG attempts, two for two on extra points and Harvin had four punts downed inside the twenty-yard line. Superb performances.
Let's see what else we learned.