The Pittsburgh Steelers beat the New York Jets 19-6 on Sunday and below is my list of winners and losers from the game. Feel free to add your own in the comments below.
Ben Roethlisberger – Statistically, Roethlisberger did not set the world on fire, but his 23-of-30 passing for 264 yards and one touchdown performance was a thing of beauty. What looked like a for sure safety early in the game, Roethlisberger was able to shake Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson. Roethlisberger’s scramble for a first down on third and ten also showed what a gritty player he is. Best of all, the Steelers quarterback did not turn the football over.
Antonio Brown – While Brown did fail to hold on to a touchdown pass in the second quarter, he caught nine of the other ten passes thrown his way for 86 tough yards. Brown was lined up most of the game against Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie and he got the best of him.
Shaun Suisham – Sure, Suisham’s job is to make field goals, but two of his four field goals were from more than 45 yards out and certainly not gimme’s. The kicking Canuck hasn’t missed all season and it is about time that he gets a little recognition. Oh, he also had a tackle on a kickoff as well.
Jason Worilds – I am not sure why Worilds isn’t getting much recognition for the game he had. He finished with five total defensive tackles and that included a sack and a forced fumble in limited snaps. In addition, he also chipped in a tackle on special teams.
Kelvin Beachum – More than anything, Beachum is here because of his penalties. The illegal formation call was not his fault as Antonio Brown should have had him covered. The two holding calls and the false start were on him, however, and he would have been charged for the safety early in the game had Roethlisberger not avoided it. Throw out the penalties and might have had a decent game.
Steve McLendon – McLendon seemed to get pushed around quite a bit by center Nick Mangold and didn’t sniff the stat sheet.