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Steelers Versus Browns Winners And Losers – Week 12


Sunday, the Pittsburgh Steelers beat to the Cleveland Browns 27-11 to notch their fifth win of the season 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 - While he only threw for 217 yards, Roethlisberger completed 22 of 34 passes and did not turn the football over. A few of those misses were drops and another one was a spike to stop the clock. Not only was he not sacked for the first time this season, Roethlisberger did a great job of getting the ball out quickly. He called a great game in the no-huddle and his two touchdown passes were more than enough points to win the game. On top of everything else, the Steelers quarterback had a great pooch punt that pinned the Browns offense back at their own one yard-line.

Jason Worilds - Worilds had another great game filling in for the injured LaMarr Woodley. While he didn't register a sack in the game, Worilds was constantly putting pressure on the Browns quarterbacks and he registered a game-high six quarterback hits to go along with five total tackles.

Troy Polamalu - Polamalu not only forced two fumbles in the game, but he was credited with a sack and four total tackles and a pass defensed. He had a nice backside tackle early in the game and always seemed to be around the football.

William Gay - Gay registered the first pick-6 of his career in the second half and that was after he forced a fumble on a corner blitz that resulted in a touchdown just one play later. While he did give up a few receptions in the game, he was generally solid in coverage once again.

Losers:

Ike Taylor - Taylor had a rough game and it included him giving up several easy catches to Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon, of which one was a touchdown late in the game. Gordon set a Browns franchise record with 237 receiving yards on 14 catches and many of those came against Taylor. The Steelers veteran cornerback also missed a few tackles early in the game as well.

Lawrence Timmons - Timmons is mainly on this list because of his coverage, or lack thereof, in the first half. He looked as though it took him a while for his feet to thaw it. He led the team with seven total tackles, but three of those were five yards past the line of scrimmage.

Will Johnson - Johnson is mainly on this list for his poor blocking attempts on the two short run attempts by Jonathan Dwyer. Johnson was lined up as a tight end on both of those plays and failed to get the job done. They stuck out on tape and that is why he is listed.

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  • StarSpangledSteeler

    I’d really like to see Cam Heyward on the winners list. He may not have eye-popping stats but if you watch him (isolated) you’ll see that see he has improved dramatically this year in his: technique and strength and effort.

  • grw1960

    Al woods should be added to the winners list… he played very well

  • Rory

    I’m assuming a good chunk of the yardage was in garbage time, but the Browns actually out-gained us, 367 to 302. This is where dominating (or even just winning) the turnover battle helps. We can afford to give up a few big yardage plays if we make some splash plays ourselves.

    Just think how different this game would have looked if we hadn’t recovered those early fumbles. We’d be calling for Ike’s head right now. Nice to have those bounce our way for once.

  • israelp

    Why isn’t Dwyer a loser? And Will Allen a winner?

  • SteelerFanInMD

    I would like to add Antonio Brown for beating Joe Haden for the TD. ANd his 92 yards receiving put him over 1000 yards for the year!

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Could be a lot of winners in this game. Heyward with another solid game and Woods pitching in with 2 sacks, AB did a good job against a good CB. Dwyer had a poor game dropping a pass and getting nothing on the ground and Bell had another big drop near the end zone again and dropped another one in the game although he did run ok.

  • dgh57

    Will Allen should be on the winners list because his fumble recovery led to a TD which in turn affected the final score!

  • steeltown

    Indeed

  • steeltown

    Winners: Ben, A.Brown, Bell, Worilds, Polamalu, Heyward, Woods, WillieG, Will Allen

    Losers: Ike Taylor, the Cleveland Browns at home

    Le’Veon continues to impress, he’s not making huge splash plays or jumping off the screen but he is consistently gaining yds on the ground AND through the air. Great game by Al Woods replacing McLendon. W.Allen continues to help this Team and should be retained in the offseason once Clark is gone

  • T R

    Dave, now with only 1 sack in 2 games for Ben is he now off the record pace for most sacks in a season.. ?

  • Eric

    Get Timmons off this losers list. The only thing he did wrong was not have a lot of splash numbers other than 7 tackles. He was always around the ball even when he wasn’t tackling someone. Will Johnson is only there due to extreme nit picking.
    I will put the entire offensive line and pass rush on the winners list. We have complained about the porous protection all year, We finally have no sacks and no one on the line is a winner? The other winner is the pass rush. Lots of pressures and hits on the QB’s plus some sacks. Al Woods and Cam Heyward need at least an honorable mention for their play.

  • Eric

    Who is not calling for Ike’s head?

  • Eric

    Dwyer got robbed on the 4th and short. Terrible spot of the ball.

  • Eric

    I think he is not on the list because it has become common place for him to be on the winners list this year.

  • Eric

    I have noticed Bell drops an easy pass at least once a game. You and I are the only ones that seem to care about those drops.

  • NW86

    Heyward has been on the winners list and gotten a lot of attention on this site over the past 2 months.

  • NW86

    Most of us.

  • steeltown

    Timmons had a few mistakes in coverage but I agree he had some really nice tackles in this game. I like the way Al Woods stepped up and I hope it continues, he could provide solid (cheap) depth across the entire DL for the next few yrs, same could be said for Will Allen in the secondary.

    Crazy to think we’ve been playing so well, without Woodley and Keisel

  • Mike Carroll

    Great to see AB get the best of Haden. These two will likely matchup quite a bit in the coming years (if the Browns re-sign Haden), so it’s good to know AB can beat Cleveland’s best.

  • 2443scott

    i think the offensive line was a winner i dont want to single out one person good or bad because they have been coming together …and not like a single player any more each game ….i still feel the defense is still wandering off doing there own stuff …taylor just plays off guys way to much i dont know if its what hes been told or not but if hes being told that then thats on coaching staff because for every good play taylor might make he makes 2 bad mistakes that costs first downs or touchdowns …if they feel he cant cover with out going 10 yards off wr then they need to give him help with in those 10 yards…i also still see clark not close enough to wr`s routes to break up plays he seems to have lost that burst to get to ball ….timmons just seems not him self for some reason he may have a prob thats just not mentioned ….so my losers are on def side and the coaching staff for not having them dialed in more …..i just hope the def dont start believeing the press that they are better then they are or we have them chaseing more so then playing with in the system

  • Mike Carroll

    Great game by the defense! Several big play turnovers were a most welcome sight. And I think it’s great news they are getting it done with Kiesel and Woodley on the sidelines for the second week in row. Just hope the Front office makes the decision to go with youth over age this offseason. Plenty of young guys need to be signed, while they need to let go of several old guys or obtain large paycuts for them to stay.

  • AndyR34

    I’m with you! Get rid of all those old guys like Allen, Troy, Ike, Keisel, Gay, and Foote and let the young’uns take over. Sounds like the perfect recipe for another 0-4 start or worse next year!

  • steeltown

    You’re kidding right, have you watched any games this year? If it wasn’t for guys like Will Allen, Polamalu and WillieG our secondary would be atrocious.

  • steeltown

    Ike Taylor has been a mainstay on this Defense and has played very well over the yrs, that said, his mediocre play of late could help the Team in the offseason if they ask Taylor to take a paycut

  • Brandon James

    Jones, Allen, Worlids, Mclendon, Heyward, Williams, its great we are seeing this kind of defensive play from these young guys…we have a lot of youth and with next years draft we can get right back up there.

  • Bradys_Dad

    I’d also like to note that Suisham kicked a 47 YD FG in swirling winds, bone chilling cold and a hostile environment. He kicked his second one which was shorter but had some wind to his back. Aside from his one game this year – the kid is solid.

  • westcoasteeler

    How difficult is it to punt, find a punter who can punt or are we gonna deal w what we have? I hope this position doesn’t cost us a playoff spot.

  • Chad H

    Winners: all Steelers minus Ike.
    Dude has caught the medical issue called age. C. Allen has to get more snaps in his place to see how he works out. Ike can’t be a starter next year he is clearly losing speed.

  • Chad H

    He should get the game ball just for coming off the bench and being as productive as he was. Hopefully this will motivate other bench riders.
    My man crush for Heyward grows with every game. Don’t tell my wife!

  • steeltown

    We’ll need Taylor next year regardless of where and how much he plays..we have nothing behind Cortez and WillieG

    Ike had tough games against Calvin Johnson and Josh Gordon, but so has everyone else in the league

  • Mike Carroll

    It’s amazing Will Allen was not resigned last offseason. I’d be surprised and upset if he was not back next year. He’s very solid and inexpensive! Gay was a good value signing and will definitely return. Glad to see Troy have a big game, but they still need a paycut from him next year to be able to help sign the next generation of players.

  • steeltown

    Agreed..we need more players like Will Allen (experienced and cheap) with Ryan Clark most likely done I truly hope they retain Allens services to backup Troy and Shamarko

  • Lucus Rodriguez

    Id put Taylor on the losers list. But I would also note 111 of Gordon’s yards came after the score was 27-3. Also it looked like they played a lot more zone than man.

  • AndyR34

    Sorry steel…I forgot to use the sarcasm font. :)

  • steeltown

    Ha! gotcha

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