Mike Adams, Jonathan Dwyer, Ike Taylor, Ryan Clark Earn Top Grades From Pro Football Focus

The Pittsburgh Steelers defense played a heck of game Sunday against the Buffalo Bills so it should be no surprise that several players graded out well on Pro Football Focus.

Safety Ryan Clark (2.3), cornerback Ike Taylor (2.3), cornerback William Gay (1.7) and linebacker Lawrence Timmons (1.6) received the top grades on the defensive side of the football for their play Sunday.

After giving up 610 net yards of offense and 55 points to the New England Patriots, the defense allowed just 227 yards of offense against the Bills and just 10 points. The Bills final drive of the game saw them go 80 yards, so you can see just how much the Steelers defense dominated them. The defense also allowed just two plays of 20 yards or more and a long run of 11 yards.

As far as the Steelers offense goes, tackle Mike Adams (1.7), running back Jonathan Dwyer (1.3) and wide receiver Antonio Brown (1.1) graded out the best, according to PFF, and all three were on my weekly winners list as well. Ahem.

Brown still leads the league in receptions with 67 and remains on pace to break a few franchise single-season receiving records.

As I anticipated, both tight end Heath Miller (-5.3) and center Fernando Velasco (-4.4) did not grade out well. In fact, Adams and David DeCastro were the only two Steelers offensive lineman to finish with a positive grade and most of his snaps came as a tight end.

Next up for the Steelers will be the Detroit Lions.

  • Lucus Rodriguez

    Ike T vs Megastron. Its the showdown

  • WilliamSekinger

    Suh against our entire o-line. Thinking Suh will win that one :/

  • Bill S

    Hey Dave, “Best Grades from PFF” seems to be a weekly feature now. Nice.

  • Mike.H

    Mike Adams didn’t set the world on fire thus far but in his defense, was stabbed in pre-season with belly wound. Could that be a minor factor, physical or psychological?

  • Bob Graff

    A win is a win , But nothing has changed . This week we have an above average team and QB. it’s a much better indicator to where they are as a team. Remember we were playing against a rusty questionable rookie QB. But it’s a win and our entire division is playing backward at us. You never know, BTW i think A. Dalton has a tired arm it sure looks that way. 8-8 could win this division.

  • chris ward

    Granted it was against the Bills, but it was good to see the secondary bounce back and play a much better game than last week.

  • SumnerYoung

    Dalton is a Texas born and bred QB who also played his college ball in Texas. He doesn’t have the arm needed to play cold weather football up north. Cold, wind, snow, rain … it takes a a big arm to throw with success in any variety of those conditions. Brady has the arm, Big Ben has it, Flacco has it, Rodgers has it. These QB’s have had a lot of success in northern stadiums.

  • Bob Graff

    Sumner ,you may be right . But a tired arm is a little different it’s like LL. elbow and he is compensating on his throws. and without rest it stays with you. Funny thing is that once you get though it your arm becomes a little stronger. In my opinion Drew brees has the best deep pass but not the biggest arm.

  • SumnerYoung

    Brees does throw a great deep ball. I lived in New Orleans for 6 years and went to quite a few Saints games. He is a QB that I respect a lot, a truly great player, and a perfect fit for the Saints system. But even Brees doesn’t have much success when the weather turns cold and he has to play outdoors. I just find it interesting to watch the southern teams come north in the winter and try and win games. Stafford is a southern boy with a big arm and he visits Pittsburgh next weekend. I wonder if it’ll be cold and wet?

  • Mike.H

    Nice to know Dave hasn’t banned me due to my 5th grade humor and maturity. Thanks, DB.

  • Mike.H

    Brees, 6′ tall has 10.5″ hands equivalent to a guy who’s 6’5″ a la Peyton.

  • SumnerYoung

    That’s interesting. I didn’t know that. You can see that Brees has long gangly arms too for a man of his stature. I wonder if he has a 6’5″ equivalent wingspan? He’s a fantastic player though, no doubt. Pinpoint accuracy, football IQ is off the charts, and complete command of Sean Payton’s offense (which, by the way, is a badass 21st century offensive system). If the Saints can somehow seize homefield advantage, they’ll have a outstanding shot to win another Super Bowl. But get them away from the Superdome on the road in the playoffs and they have consistently choked.

  • Lucus Rodriguez

    Suh vs the DeCastro/velasco/foster triple team. Showdown part 2. Haha. Suh scares me.