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.
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.
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.