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Steelers DE Brett Keisel And S Troy Polamalu Receive Top Defensive Grades For Play Against Raiders


According to Pro Football Focus, Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel and safety Troy Polamalu graded out as the best players on defense Sunday in the 21-18 loss to the Oakland Raiders.

As I wrote in my “winners and losers” post, Keisel got off to a slow start in the game but bounced back nicely from the second quarter on. PFF credited him with one sack, three quarterback hurries and six stops in the game. He also recorded a fumble recovery in the second half as well.

As for Polamalu, he too made my winners list and PFF has him down for a sack, a hurry and two stops. As far as his coverage in the game, Polamalu registered an interception and he probably should be credited for a batted pass as well.

Linebackers Vince Williams and Jason Worilds graded out the worst on defense for the Steelers against the Raiders. In the case of Williams, it was his play against the run that didn’t pass the mustard.

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  • RedCarpetDefense

    If this is indeed to be Keisel’s last season he is definitely playing his heart out. Age and injury may have eroded his ability a tad but he gives the kind of unsung effort that endears him to coaches and fans.

  • Dr. Doom

    Id like him even if he were terrible on beard alone, that thing is awesome.

  • steeltown

    It’s sad that these two great players are playing close to the end of their respective careers on this current Steelers Team

  • RedCarpetDefense

    “There is no penalty for a 12th player on the field that was just #99′s beard”
    Keisel’s beard:
    -should get its own number and jersey
    -will be hung in the ring of honor next to his jersey
    -gets its own playbook in training camp
    -gets its own player introduction at Heinz Field
    -gets an assist tackle stat whenever Keisel makes one
    -wants to get a pick six before it hangs up the cleats
    -will get a job as a tv analyst once its playing days are over
    -will write a book
    -has its own agent
    -makes locker room speeches better than Ray Lewis ever could
    -fears no one and no thing, only itself
    -is the ultimate team player paying the ultimate price annually for a good cause

  • Dr. Doom

    When he shaves it the Steelers should release statement thanking it for its contributions.

  • RedCarpetDefense

    -prefers red gatorade to orange
    -is vegan no matter how much meat Brett eats
    -was drafted same year as Brett
    -was the real architect behind Lebeau’s zone blitz scheme
    -drops into coverage
    -sets the edge on running plays
    -cried when the Steelers let James Harrison walk
    -cheered when the Steelers let Mike Wallace walk
    -wants Ben to get rid of the ball more quickly
    -is on the “hands team” on kick coverage
    -only player to ever block a punt, pat, field goal in history of the NFL
    -is the emergency QB, long snapper and holder

  • RedCarpetDefense

    -never made Dave’s loser list

  • Styxmotors

    Awesome stuff, Red!

  • Eric

    On one hand, I was excited to see young Vince come from round 6 to the starting line up in place of Foote and I hope he gets the experience needed to become good, but his inability to plug holes and wrap up running backs is showing more and more. We knew his lack of speed made him a pass coverage liability, but word is starting to get out that you can run at his or pass over him. Sean Spence we need you and your inspiration.

  • Eric

    I hope we keep the Beard next year and he is willing to accept an affordable salary and expect to be a back up

  • steeltown

    I’d be all for it…vet minimum or something, people don’t realize that he has less tread on the tires than most his age because he sat behind A.Smith and Von Oelhoffen for years, didn’t start till ’06

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