Steelers Winners And Losers – Week 9 – Giants

The Pittsburgh Steelers beat the New York Giants 24-20 Sunday at MetLife Stadium and are now 5-3 on the season. Below are the players, or group of players, that I thought had winning and losing performances in the game.


Isaac Redman – If 147 yards rushing on 26 carries to go along with the game winning touchdown can\’t get a player in the winner section, I don\’t know what can. Redman had help from the offensive line, but his bullish running style resulted in several yards after first contact. It should be noted that 109 of his rushing yards came on 1st down. Redman showed no ill-effects of the ankle injury that sidelined him the last two games.

Defense – The entire defense played great and they held the Giants offense to 125 yards passing and 68 yards rushing. In crunch time they forced three straight three and outs on the Giants last three possessions. They recorded a turnover, two sacks, and was able to get at least some pressure on Eli Manning in the game. The domination would have been to another degree had they referees not changed the game in the second quarter.

Return TeamChris Rainey and Emmanuel Sanders produced 249 hidden yards via kickoff and punt returns and the lone offensive return penalty on Leonard Pope was very forgivable. The offense didn\’t take advantage of the hidden yardage, but at least the field stay flipped because of them.

Jerricho Cotchery – Cotchery came off of the bench after Antonio Brown left injured and recorded four catches for 50 yards. Three of his catches moved the chains and he had several nice blocks that helped the running game out.

Mike Wallace – Sure he had a drop in this game, but his catch and run outside for a touchdown was a huge turning point in the game. There are not many wide receivers in the league that score on that play, but he did. Speed kills and he continues to show that he is not a one-trick pony.


Bill Leavy Crew – If this needs any explanation, then you didn\’t see the game. The phantom pass interference call on Keenan Lewis was horrible and they followed up later in the drive with a bogus helmet-to-helmet penalty on Ryan Clark for his shoulder-to-shoulder hit on Victor Cruz in the end zone. The fumble by Ben Roethlisberger should have at the very least resulted with Giants having possession deep in the Steelers end after they missed a block in the back on the return. The play should have been ruled incomplete under the “tuck rule” and the Giants basically had 14 points thanks to them.

Mike Adams – Adams allowed two sacks of Roethlisberger and he was beaten badly on both of them. That is enough for him to land here despite some pretty good run blocking.

Mike Tomlin – The fake field goal call on the road in lieu of a chip shot that would have tied the game is inexcusable. Even had the play worked, I would have questioned the call. Luckily the defense bailed him out.

  • zyzak

    I think anyone the Steelers would put at RT would have problems with the Giants defensive ends. They are among the best in the business. Adams did not let his mistakes affect his run blocking, Once again no Steelers injuries on the Oline.

  • SteelSpine

    I couldn’t help making a few observations of Giants game (& most are postive):
    – Redman: He was great getting thru trash, showed great feet doing that. He also showed he’s not as stiff as fullback types because his few jukes worked. Redman also showed knows in open field to switch ball to whichever arm is away from defender.
    – Our DBs: our DBs manned up.
    – Haley started the game with innovative formations, & I thot Haley called a good game at Giants. The times offensive plays failed it appeared to me the fault was player(s). Speaking of that….
    – On our pass attempts, Giants DL often beat our OLinemen, most-routinely Adams. That dictated future plays Haley called. No surprise Haley adjusted using Miller to help Adams passblock. Another adjustment Haley made to Giants DL had been destroying our OLinemen on pass plays, was called a short-drop quick-release pass to slanting Wallace (which Wallace ran for TD), that short-step-drop is not normally Ben’s style, it was a play called by Haley because his OTackles were getting beat. On that TD play Adams whiffed on his DLineman so good thing that play wasn’t a planned 5-step drop. Giants of-course have top pass rushing D, so I’ll keep that in perspective.
    – Rainey obviously had a great return game, but:when he fumbled it was because he hadnt switched the ball to whichever arm is away from defender. Dwyer & Redman both switch the ball like RBs were supposed to be taught, so I think coaches should try to teach Rainey that.
    – Each time Eli reared back to heave a deep pass, I thot Eli is just hoping for pass interference.
    – Not one of Foote’s better games, & LeBeau should discontinue having Foote try to cover TEs & WRs on pass coverage down the middle, that mismatch showed in this game.
    – About our failed fake FG: When our ST coach ran that play in practice, didn’t it occur to him to practice blocking anyone? No plan for if any defender(s) simply comes off the edge?

  • disqus_uNWNJjLmTd

    ok I have a positive spin on the fake field goal.. ( if there can be one ) … All I am going to say about it is that over the past few years the Steelers have been predictable as a team.. we all complained and bitched about it as fans during that span as far as offense goes. Now, I thought at least a field goal should have been attempted at well, but I will give haley and Tomlin credit/ SP coach on this only on the point of we arent so predictable anymore. I have watched and read the Steelers for a very long time now, and it has been awhile that I could not call the play before they run it. I know it didnt work and maybe was a bad call 20/20… but I still like it and hope they continue to keep teams off balance !!

  • John storm

    Anyone’s thoughts on max Starks?

  • SteelerFanInMD

    For the Losers section, I would like to add that the Bill Leavy Crew failed to call the Giants for blocking the back of Heath Miller on the fumble return when it was so obvious. And I agree about the inexcusable fake field goal call. They should take the field goal and save the trick play for when they have a slim lead and need to seal a victory.

  • Kenneth Wilt

    I think the scoreboard may disrupt our perspective on this game a little. IMO, they ended up with at least 11 points which were undeserved, maybe as many as 14. You make this a 24-6 win, especially on the road, and this win looks dominant.

    Here are some things which stick out to me:

    Giants total yards…182
    Redman rushing yards….147
    Steelers Penalty yards….119

    Giants Defense yards earned….77

    Impressive for both Redman and our defense.

    We gave them only 63 less yards on penalties than the defense had.

    Their defense had almost half the yards their offense had…:).

    Lastly, our defense held the media darling Manning (who if you missed it earlier this week, ESPN sees a Manning/Manning showdown in the Super Bowl), a man with 2 SB MVPs to a QB rating of 41.

  • Reader783

    Pretty good game against some of the best pass rushers in the league. I didn’t see him get beat badly to my recollection, the only slightly negative play he had was on the Umenyiora “strip” that was returned for a TD.

  • John storm

    Give the support to Adams on pass protection. Rest of line looks like they may make pro bowl with stats that are getting put up.

  • HillmanPgh

    No wonder Redman didn’t feel any ill effects of the bum ankle… all he did was run straight ahead!

  • Tim Culligan

    In terms of the fake field goal; the entire reason why Isaac Redman made the team a few years back was because he was a 3rd or 4th team back in training camp that was routinely beating the 1st team defense in goal line drills, earning him the nickname “Redzone Redman”. On 3rd & 1 and 4th & 1 I would’ve let him have a straight go at it.

    2nd time around on Tomlin made sure Redman got his shot and he didn’t disappoint.

  • Mark

    I an fine with lining up and going for it on fourth down, but keep the ball in Ben’s hands. Keep your offense on the field and run a regular play.

  • Phantaskippy

    I was pleasantly surprised by Mike Adams this week. Previously he was worse than Jonothan “revolving door” Scott, and I expected Tuck to destroy him. Not only did Adams win the matchup in the run game He fared pretty well against him in the pass game, getting beat badly twice wasn’t good, but I expected worse from teh rookie.

  • Vic

    I know Adams struggled in pass protection but again he was against one of the nfl best. I’m still sticking with Adams at RT. his run blocking is better then Gilbert’s and he’s not falling on the other lineman.

  • Don

    On the fake FG, it seemed to me that the flip was too hard, taking Suisham farther outside than he should have been and right into the outside defender. On the other hand, if it was designed to go outside then I agree with your criticism of the ST coach.

  • Steve Duncan

    By no measure was Adams worse than Scott any time he was playing RT. His first few times at LT maybe, but he gets a pass for being a rook compared to Scott being a vet.

  • Richard Edlin

    Don’t be too hard on Adams. He’s a developing player who has pads on a little earlier than ideal. He’s going to be beaten but at least when he is, he doesn’t end up taking out his teammates – how many injuries this year were caused when Gilbert couldn’t keep his feet?

    I’d prefer a RT who loses his man occasionally than one who can’t avoid the knees of his fellow linemen.

  • Steve Duncan

    The NFL admitted they let the Panthers score on a dead play yesterday. At least we are not alone in getting screwed I guess.

  • Maurice_hill_district

    Dont know what game u were watchin. On pass plays in that game Adams was a revolving door more than 2 plays. His man got right past him whichever plays Adams was in view of the TV screen. The reason that didnt kill us is Ben and our backfield had to compensate for that, and we ran alot. Pass blocking is as important as run bocking for an offensive tackle, so Adams was a liability in our passing game allgame against Giants.

  • Pete

    Giants front 4 has 17.5 sacks between them. They are a handful. Adams is a rookie and he’s learning. Considering who he was up against he didn’t do too badly especially later in the game. For the most part this season, Ben has had time to throw the ball without ending up on his back. Adams is doing a commendable job considering he is a rookie. He’s a road grader in the run blocking department. He continues to get better at pass blocking assignments.

    The entire line is doing a fantastic job and I’m totally surprised by that considering how the season started. Redman and Dwyer need to thank the O line. Excellent backs but the O line is blocking like beasts.

  • Maurice_hill_district

    Entire offensive line did fantastic job pass blocking all season? Sorry but thats rediculous just a good dream.

  • Reader783

    Adams absolutely needs the help after watching the last 2 games