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Steelers Versus Jets Winners And Losers – Week 6


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.

Winners:

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.

Losers:

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.

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  • Game_Time

    Todd Haley and Dick LeBeau also called a pretty decent games as “O” and “D” coordinators

  • TJimmy

    Worild’s rarely gets any recognition for good play. It’s mystifying.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    I’m glad you put Ben at the top of the list. We sometimes forget what a rare talent he is.

    Washington traded three 1st round picks and a 2nd rounder for RGIII. He was supposed to be a franchise QB comparable to Ben.

    New York traded two 1st rounders and a 3rd rounder to move up for Eli. And I still think Ben is the better QB.

    My point is that it’s so hard to find a QB of Ben’s caliber, even if you have multiple first round picks. So often they just turn out to be “good” not “great”.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    i also think Cam Heyward deserves consideration as a winner.

  • http://pittsburghsportsinat.blogspot.com/ bgsteelfan

    FINALLY I see McClendon being called out for being pushed around. Seems to me he’s been doing that all year.

  • Richard Edlin

    I think Beachum probably deserves to appear on both lists. Yes, there were two holding calls but he’s still (on limited evidence) and upgrade over Adams.

    Brown and Johnson is on the loser list?

  • dgh57

    Heath Miller should be on the winners lists with 6 catches for 84 yards.

  • T R

    what bout Vince Williams he makes some pretty big plays picking up so screens and lil runs that would went for big plays.. not to many missed tackles ffrom him..

  • SteelersDepot

    Here are the yards gained on the tackles Williams was in on:

    10
    3
    13
    2
    -2

  • Showboogie

    Williams got off to a slow start couple of miss tackles in the beginning, but he played better as the game went on.

  • Jonas

    Thank you! No site has Worilds in their Winners category but I can be confident that Dave Bryan has seen it -Thumb up.

    Vince Williams is in my opinion a winner, but the rest is similiar to you.
    There were a few player with semi-cool games but they rescued themselves with a splash play (e.g. Timmons)

  • Steeler Goetz

    And don’t forget that Williams is a rookie and that this was only his second start.

  • Intropy

    Suisham had several good plays, but a kickoff out of bounds is a big minus.

    I don’t disagree with Beachum having a bad game overall, but one of those holds on him was a play where he pancaked his assignment and the official just assumed he must have held.

  • ATL96STEELER

    Agree on Worilds, maybe his best game ever imo…I thought Troy & Clark played well in spite of Clark dropping a 2nd pick.

    Ben had 2 throw away chances that ended up being sacks, but he was on target, great deep ball to Sanders, as Dave pointed out, brilliant move to avoid the S, most important, zero turnovers. Heath gave up a sack, but more than made up for it.

    Front 7 had their best game of the yr overall…Heyward did bring some energy, Woodley a sack, Jarvis got a pressure…I like LeBeau’s game plan to bring the heat this week.

    Finally a win!

  • Jonas

    Todd Haley called a horrible run play in the last minute before the halftime..

    That play lead to another field goal – we were (I think) 10 yards away from the endzone, no timeouts left

  • HarryBackside

    Good call on Worilds. He definitely out played Jones, who was practically invisible on Sunday.

    I don’t know if I agree with McLendon being in the loser column. He got quite a bit of pressure on Geno Smith, and managed to put some hits on him too.

  • Luke Shabro

    This is what I’ve been arguing with those that were saying we should draft Bridgewater if we could and trade Ben away. No such thing as a guarantee and Ben is still better than most people realize.

  • Luke Shabro

    He is so clutch!!

  • Luke Shabro

    Feast or famine. He is still a rookie

  • Luke Shabro

    Glad you recognize McClendon on the losers side. I’ve always been a fan but I saw him penetrate on one play, Geno took off just a little and Steve plain gave up (or ran out of gas). Would’ve been an easy sack or at least a bad forced throw.

  • dkoy85

    Don’t forget Jones hit Geno and is cause the arrant throw that Timmons intercepted. I’d LOVE to see that play again just to watch Woodley knock the TE at least 3 yards off his feet- I was so focused on that I didn’t even realize we intercepted the ball at first.

  • SteelerFanInMD

    I would not put Beachum on the Losers list because he was originally groomed to be a backup interior lineman, but moved to LT by the team out of desparation. He has now started his very first NFL game at that position and played as I expected he would.

  • steeltown

    Agreed

  • treeher

    I wonder if expectations are too high for McClendon? He was an undrafted free agent in 09. He was released and resigned both in 09 and 10. In 2010, he bounced back and forth from practice squad. Finally stuck in 2011- 13 tackles in 14 games and in 2012 7 tackles in 16 games. He visited Packers end of 2012 as free agent but they had no interest and he signed with Steelers. This is not exactly a sterling resume. His best characteristic seems to be that he doesn’t get injured.

  • steeltown

    More winners: Woodley, Clark, Timmons and E.Sanders

    More Losers: None really, everyone did their job for the most part to get our FIRST win of the season. Lets hope it continues.

  • steeltown

    Nick Mangold is one of the best in the business, I think McLendon is doing an admirable job filling the shoes of Hampton. Our run defense is struggling a bit but I like his lateral quickness and strength

  • Chad H

    Have to add Woodley to the winners list. He was a beast all day.
    Foster has to be on the losers list.

  • Dutchess Hershberger

    agreed with McClendon he is not a true nose tackle in a 3-4 how about seeing ALAMEDA TA’AMU killing it in Arizona now he looked geat in preseason and we cut him? Tomlins roster decisisons are terrible

  • Kevin Gobleck

    Agree expecially with that catch over the defender

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I had Levi Brown on my loser list for not even being able to make it to his first game.

  • Virdin Barzey

    Sorry, I don’t agree with Beachum being on the losers list. He started off rough but did better than Adams. It not his position but he did admirably. I will leave final judgement for next game agains Serial Thugg….I meant Terrel Suggs.

    How in the world Ziggy Hood is not on this list is besides me. You guys have really got to watch this kid. He’s awful. You talk about being pushed around? Look at Ziggy. There isn’t a player getting more blown off the ball than Hood. What a colossal failure.

  • Virdin Barzey

    That was one of the worst play calls I’ve ever seen. Reminded me when Arian did something similar with Ward down at the endzone, think against B-more. Stupid play call. Haley not so bad for most of the game. Still leaving a lot to be desired.

    Not enough of Miller in the passing game but I think that was more Ben. He missed Miller wide open in front of him on that run Ben made to the 3 yard line.

  • TheBlitz

    I wouldn’t put Beachum in the loser list simply because of a couple of holding calls and a near safety.

    That play by Wilkerson was too early in the game and you have to think Beachum still needed to settle in a bit and play a position he’s never played as a pro against a stout DL. Did he even have some experience at LT in college ?

    He isn’t a winner, but he is certainly not a loser in my book. For a 1st start his play was above the line.

  • Virdin Barzey

    I can’t speak for most but lets not get carried away here. Ben is a great QB and one of if no the best in Steelers history…..when he plays like it. For a two time winning QB, I expect a lot from Ben if he is suppose to be as good as we all believe and seen he can be.

    Does he have the tools? Yes all of them but he does some really dumb things and makes poor decisions and none bigger than the ones in the first four games this season.

    When Ben plays smart, yes he is better than most QBs in this league. When he’s reckless on the field like he used to be off the field, its a crap shoot. I just hope he plays self-controlled ball like he did this game against Baltimore. This game is a must win and we can’t afford reckless Ben to give it away.

  • TheBlitz

    I haven’t seen Ta’amu play in Arizona but like you I didn’t like the fact that he was cut. I thought he improved a lot and showed a lot of potential during the preseason.

  • Xclewsive

    Beachum isn’t a LT and I honestly don’t see the difference between this game and any game Adams played. Beachum was matched up against McIntyre/Wilkerson/Pace who aren’t even on the same level as Peppers/Allen/Johnson/Dunlap. The Steelers missed Adams running blocking and his ability to finish running plays. Beachum is a patty cake OL and isn’t gonna give the Steelers much else.

    McLendon didn’t sniff the stack sheet per se but he was creating pressure. For the Steelers NT its not always about stats and McLendon was going up against one of the best OCs in the league. If not for a missed tackle by JJ the Jets would be minus 18 yds on the ground. McLendon has been doing his job decently. It’s been other players that have missed tackles, got lost in the wash, over run plays that have allowed long gains. Not saying Big Mac has played great because he hasn’t all the time. But this game in particular he was far from a down.

  • Eric

    Yes, Levi Brown and the FO that brought him here, and the conditioning coaches.

  • dgh57

    Heath “Mr. Clutch” Miller indeed!

  • WilliamSekinger

    IMO Beachum did as well as he could. Better than Adams last several games, but then again Adams was matched up against better DEs. Does anyone really want to see Beachum against Peppers or Jared Allen? I don’t. If Beachum remains the tackle, we can compare apples to apples when he is matched up with Dunlap.

  • Eric

    Where is Ryan Clark on the winners list? He got the first TO/Int this season and almost had another. We blasted him last week.

  • cencalsteeler

    I would add the coaches to the list. The quick, short passing game allowed Ben to keep from getting killed and it made our oline look good. Le’Beau outwitted Geno Smith. And the team seemed like they were playing to win. Loved the camera shot at the end of the game where Ben had his olineman huddled around him, giving them a pep talk.

  • Jeff

    Honorable mention to Vince Williams and Lawrence Timmons

  • Mike Carroll

    It looked like Heyward made the stop the on 3rd and goal from the one on the Jets second drive, which was a huge stop at that point in the game.

  • AndyR34

    Know your players…Beachum started at LT for 4 years in college!

  • patrick Mayfield

    While BR’s scramble shows grit it also shows a lack of situational awareness. He’s in field goal range and leading by 10. No need for the franchise QB to go headfirst into contact in this scenario.

  • Amuzon12

    I agree. Vince Williams should definitely be on the Winners list along with Timmons. Timmons blew up a couple of plays, made some hard-hitting tackles, and had an interception.

  • Shawn S.

    I don’t like seeing Beachum on the loser list at all. Put his situation in perspective. He played in a position (LT) that has been in the spotlight, recently costing Adams a helmet, against a monster D-line, and before kick-off even lost the security of having Levi back him up if he struggled. Not only did he meet the challenge, he did it with confidence and nastiness. He exceeded my expectation, even with a couple penalties. For that reason he’s on the winners list in my book.

  • cencalsteeler

    I agree. He seemed to be overshadowed by the drafting of Jarvis. I actually would like to see Jarvis rotate with Vince at this point and let Worilds man the outside spot. Jarvis can still come in when Worilds needs a breather, but this would a.) give Jason time to prove if he is worth resigning next year. b.) give Jason time to get into rhythm. 3.) Give Jarvis playing time while making him multidimensional (in case of injury). 4.) Give Jarvis more time to develop and strengthen his skills while still seeing the field.
    Jarvis is a long term investment and we need to learn our lesson from the Foote injury. If Vince goes down in the future, Jarvis would be seasoned to fill the void. It is basic preparation for if an injury occurs.

  • cencalsteeler

    Each game, Williams is showing improvement and is becoming more comfortable out there. Nice points TR.

  • James Kling

    True. Except he’s not facing Temple, Memphis, and Rutgers on Sundays…

  • Chad H

    I agree but I don’t think we will have the money to resign Worilds but he is a valuable backup. I also still see Jones as an ILB at the pro level.

  • Christopher Wilkes

    Losers: Jets fans.

    I was at this game. The fans started leaving down by 13 and with 10 mins to go. After that, Sanders fumbled when we were backed up in our territory, although he recovered. Then after the Jets punted the place practically emptied with 7 mins to go. I’ll never understand people that leave games early just to beat a little traffic. Steelers could be down 52-0 and I’d still soak up every second.

  • Christopher Wilkes

    Steve McLendon seems to be turning out to be a bust.

  • Douglas Andrews

    Pass rush looked alot different with Heyward playing most of the game

  • Douglas Andrews

    Miss the big snack. Think we can call him back?

  • Douglas Andrews

    Agree i can live with what he brings to the ILB position. As he gets more experience he should become better and better. Overall he’s looking like a pretty good pickup for a 6th round draft choice

  • charles

    Yes it did.

  • charles

    Jones probably saved the game when he hit Geno and caused the flutter pass that Timmons found in his hands.

  • Dr. Doom

    My Winners:
    Heath Miller-Really had some key catches yesterday.
    Fernando Velasco-I wouldn’t start building his hof, as some fans are prepared to do but ok.
    Antonio Brown-Noticed him a few times catching with his hands, that 3rd & 15 money.
    Sean Suisham-Has been dependable the last two years, all you can ask.
    Todd Haley-Finally called to the strength of his offensive line, get the ball out fast.
    Losers:
    Beachum-While he was competent, can not have that many penalties week to week. He may get exposed next week.
    Jarvis Jones-I think he will be a very good player long term, but you have to square up and make the tackle son.
    Steve McLendon-Noticed him getting pushed around a lot more than I was comfortable with. I think the idea with him is get through this season draft a replacement 2014.
    Zoltan Mesko-Needs to help flip the field.
    Special Honoree loser *Houston Texans fans-I don’t care if your quarterback is the worst player in the world, no one should cheer when someone gets hurt. That man has a family and children.

  • http://pittsburghsportsinat.blogspot.com/ bgsteelfan

    While I mostly agree, you can’t put this one of the conditioning coaches when the guy’s only been here a week.

  • http://pittsburghsportsinat.blogspot.com/ bgsteelfan

    I thought they might at one point, but the fact that he didn’t even get a sniff during the bye or by the Pats when Wilfork went down tells me he is done.

  • Eric

    True, but I will put the unusually high number of injuries in the last 3 years on them, unless somebody knows something I do not know.

  • http://pittsburghsportsinat.blogspot.com/ bgsteelfan

    Now THAT is a tree I have been barking up for a while. We seem to have a high number of conditioning related injuries. At least it’s not MRSA.

  • http://pittsburghsportsinat.blogspot.com/ bgsteelfan

    That’s why he got demoted.

  • http://pittsburghsportsinat.blogspot.com/ bgsteelfan

    He was an undrafted free agent. He can’t be a bust. He isn’t what they hoped, but he is what he is, a good situational defensive lineman. He just isn’t good enough to anchor a line at NT for 16 games.

  • Jonas

    The penalties afterwards were also well-timed – damnit Oline!

  • PA2AK

    Yes for LeBeau. HELL NO for Haley. First six plays and 3 screens?! rarely using W. Johnson as a FB lined up in the backfield..instead always at the line taking away the advantage of a few steps. Paulson and Palmer in a lot…not one catch…and we all know they aren’t blocking. Need to utilize W Johnson more instead. Ben gets most credit for that offense. He was the one that got that line settled down and was on the money ALLL day.

  • http://pittsburghsportsinat.blogspot.com/ bgsteelfan

    If it was just Mangold handling him, I would agree, but it seems like he has been swallowed up in every game. And not in an “eat up blocks” kind of way.

  • PA2AK

    Not only Williams, but several players on offense and defense had mistakes or slow starts that they bounced back from. Nice to see the adjustment in game.

  • PA2AK

    he has a bit. Keep in mind that it isn’t consistent throughout the game and he is assisting with the pressure in pass situations more than Snack ever did. Also, he’s had a bum hammy too.

  • PA2AK

    Paulson to the loser list. I can see not getting a catch from Palmer, but Paulson never getting a catch isn’t good. We all know he isn’t getting paid to block!

  • Douglas Andrews

    Sad guess we took for granted the hard work he did in the trenches on mostly 1st and 2nd down.

  • MC

    yep, great to see the kid bounce back after a sub par game. He looked great on a few of those plays. Steeler fans just have to have faith and be patient with the guy!

  • MC

    yep, great to see the kid bounce back after a sub par game. He looked great on a few of those plays. Steeler fans just have to have faith and be patient with the guy!

  • LucasY59

    The Steelers probably want to keep Worild’s play quiet so they have a chance to re-sign him after this season, It would be really nice to have a high quality back-up in case of injury, and can also come in and have positive plays on limited snaps when Woodley and J.Jones need a breather. Unfortunately he is playing his way out of the Steelers budget

  • Dr. Doom

    we could have wound up with rivers :(

  • HarryBackside

    Yup. That’s why I said practically invisible. Jones ended the game with two tackles.

    Worlids had 4 tackles, a sack, and a forced fumble.

  • Rubem Dornas

    I can understand what you are saying but I have seen something similar last year at MNF against Chiefs at Heinz Field. That was my first time in USA and I drove from NY to Pittsburgh only to watch this game. Don’t know if you remember but this game was in a rainy night, and the Steelers won the game on overtime. The game was tied in fourth quarter, Big Ben had left the game and Byron entered in his place. However, maybe half of the crowd have quit the stadium still in fourth quarter. As a Brazilian, fan of football and the Steelers, I could not understand what was happening. Why all that people was leaving before the end of the game? The only reason I could find is that the day after would be a tuesday and people was leaving because they had to wake up early. Am I right?

  • treeher

    Beach called for holding, but I don’t think it was. He pancaked the guy, but let his arms swing out and the refs called it. Bad call.

  • treeher

    Those screens were basically running plays and served to loosen up the defense. I like to go down field as much as the next guy, but I think the strategy worked for this game.

  • Jonas

    Wasn’t there 2 calls? I have no opportunity to watch it again..

  • treeher

    Yes, 2. Thought you referred to the one down on the goal line. Steelers rarely get a break from officials. For example, sack when Ben was driven into the ground. That is clearly a penalty. If they’d done that to Manning or Brady, flags would have flown.

  • PA2AK

    I get the theory…and I’m not suggesting you just air it out every play by any means. What I’m saying is…in the first 6 plays…3 of them are screens? There are several methods to short passing and loosening up a D that don’t involve using the same play 50% of the time. While a couple of the screens in the game ended up doing well…that was only after we started to draw them in against the run. Also, if we continue to start games out like that every week…someone is going to take a risk and it could very well end up being a pick-6. I feel like I see them coming as soon as the ball is snapped…and it isn’t my job to be prepared for it like a professional. They have their place….just like every play…but 50% of your first 6 play?

  • treeher

    Totally agree. Actually, we’ve already had a pick 6 from one of these. I had to laugh, though, at Phil Simms comment when he said he was jealous – he’d have had a higher completion average if he’d thrown so many of these.

  • PA2AK

    Also…from my standpoint…I wasn’t a Haley advocate. Game him the benefit of the doubt all last year and tried as much as I could this year. I’ve completely jumped ship. I’m not sure that getting rid of him now is the smart move and really doubt it would happen anyways. I do hope that AR2 finally allows Tomlin to make the choice on who is going to run his offense (even if i’m also skeptical of his capabilities at times).

  • Christopher Wilkes

    I dunno. Maybe it was the rain. It was a beautiful day in East Rutherford tho.

  • treeher

    I don’t like nepotism and that’s what the Haley hire was. Too many of Tomlin’s assistants are based on personal relationships, not performance. Look at Cowher’s assistants and marvel at the number who became head coaches.

  • PA2AK

    Cowher also had Dan Rooney running things. His approach was very different from that of AR2.

  • treeher

    Amen.

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