The grades are in from Pro Football Focus and according to their breakdowns, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery and guard Ramon Foster were the top offensive players in the Sunday loss to the New England Patriots while defensive end Cameron Heyward (3.0), linebacker Lamarr Woodley (2.7), defensive end Brett Keisel (2.1), linebacker Vince Williams (1.9) and nose tackle Steve McLendon (1.5) all graded out in the green on defense.
Heyward registered a sack to go along with two quarterback hits and two hurries in the game, while Woodley registered one hit and three hurries. For Heyward, it was his best game dating back to the regular season finale last year against the Cleveland Browns.
As far as those players that didn’t grade out well, there weren’t any surprises as Troy Polamalu, Ryan Clark and William Gay were all way below the line against the Patriots.
Offensively, Kelvin Beachum and Fernando Velasco were in the red for the Steelers. Beachum allowed one sack, two hits and five hurries in the game while Velasco allowed three hurries to go along with his block in the back penalty.