Quick Hits: Steelers Vs Rams Winners/Losers

If you can read this through all the tears, you’re stronger than me.

WINNERS: 

Le’Veon Bell: It was a welcome return for Bell, whose one-handed grab on the Pittsburgh Steelers’ first possession helping to lead to an opening field goal. In a low-scoring game, that proved to be vital. He busted off a 23 yard run late in the 4th quarter, helping to flip the field.

There wasn’t much room available for him, the Steelers routinely lost the point of attack, but he made the most out of it. With Ben Roethlisberger out for at least some stretch of time, the team will rely on 26 more than ever.

Antonio Brown: The second half was as quiet as a mouse, no doubt in part due to Ben’s injury, but his first quarter exhibited why he is arguably the best receiver in the league. In the first quarter alone, AB racked up six catches for 71 yards. He wound end the day with 11 grabs for 108 yards. In what has become the norm, Brown was dominant.

Will Allen: He made the biggest defensive play of the game, intercepting a Nick Foles pass that turned into the final field goal of the day. It was the first interception by a Steelers’ safety since Week 14 of 2013, a span of 782 passes, and couldn’t have come at a better time. Allen isn’t a great athlete but the heady veteran puts himself in position to make plays – like this one.

Stephon Tuitt: Tuitt was again dominant with six total tackles, a sack, and two tackles for a loss. He’s breaking out quicker than Cameron Heyward did. That’s not a slight against Heyward but a huge compliment towards Tuitt, and the duo are becoming one of the most fearsome in the NFL.

Lawrence Timmons: Timmons tied Allen for the team lead with seven tackles. He did a nice job bottling up the Rams’ rushing offense, which totaled only 3.9 yards per carry, the bulk of their work coming on a Chris Givens end around.

LOSERS:

Kelvin Beachum: Beachum allowed a sack, getting bullrushed by linebacker Alec Ogletree, and being called for two penalties. It brings him up to two sacks allowed and five penalties against in three games. Not a good look for a player trying to cash in during the offseason.

Ramon Foster: Rough day for the offensive line all around. But Foster got beat badly by Robert Quinn, allowing a sack. You could give this to practically any of the five offensive lineman as they predictably struggled against a stout Rams’ front four. But Foster allowed the sack and that’s what will stick out the most.

Danny Smith: I love Danny Smith. He brings a lot of energy and overall, has done a nice job in his time in Pittsburgh. The Steelers’ coverage units were strong today, bottling up Tavon Austin, but the Rams’ fake punt bugs the heck out of me. A slightly better throw by punter Johnny Hekker to a wide open Stedman Bailey keeps the drive alive and possible changes the entire complexion of the game.

The Rams have run several fakes over the last few years with Hekker and though this one didn’t exactly fit their tendency to fake it, it would have been nice to see it better prepared for and defended. I echoed the same thought on a successful Houston Texans fake last year, too.

Tackling: Just a catch-all as there isn’t one specific player to identify. The Steelers’ tackling today was shoddy at best, a recurring theme. The defense played at a high level, and allowing only six points is the only stat that matters, but the Steelers will be facing more high-octane offenses down the road. And they’ll need to clean up their tackling.

Michael Vick: I’m sneaking Vick on the end here. Being thrown into the mix on the road against that Rams’ defense is an insanely difficult situation that no one can thrive in. But he fumbled the ball twice on consecutive plays, crucial errors a quarterback can’t make. Going forward, he has to take care of the football significantly better to give the Steelers a chance to succeed.

 

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Alex Kozora

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  • steelersfan

    Put steelers nation on the losers list. It’s gonna be a long year if Ben is done

  • dano

    amazing that brown managed to have such a great game in the first half. kept his streaks going just before ben went down 🙁

  • jujudoublestuff

    I’m keeping the faith bro. That’s all I can say for now.

  • Rye Stye

    Cockrell played very well. Hope to see him start ahead of Blake.

  • Game_Time

    I’ll put Todd Haley on the losers list for going away from the short passing game which was controlling the Ram’s pass rush and dictating the tempo of the game.

  • Twentyfour Erenberg

    Vicks play was reminiscent of his recent outings with the Jets, which is mostly garbage. I would rather see Landry Jones play.

  • Phil Brenneman II

    A couple of talking points I think are interesting.

    1. With Vick at QB does Browns streak finally come to an end? Will be interesting to see.

    2. As long as Beachum isn’t flat out bad, can we spin his sprinkled in mistakes as a positive for our future? The more average he plays now the better chance we have of keeping him. Yes I know, not the best way to look at something and we would rather him just play like a pro bowler but as long as they aren’t crippling penalties or bad plays…..You see what I mean.

  • Trap

    What Jones is hot garbage I would rather Vick

  • psteelers

    That’s assuming he was calling the plays. I recall last week Ben saying he was calling the plays.

  • NinjaMountie

    you mean, like they were today?

  • Game_Time

    He is the still offensive coordinator…. and if he see’s that his QB is getting away from what is working it is his job to correct it.

  • NinjaMountie

    I recall him saying he called plays in the 2 minute or hurry up. He does not call the plays. You can see them on the sideline with the play chart. Ben audibles in and out but the calls, for the most part, come from the sideline and Haley.

  • Madi

    Losers: many fans.

    I look forward to being told to grow up because I hate Vick and would rather lose with Landry. Until Ben returns, I can’t win no matter what happens.

  • T R

    As brittle as Vick is. Against the Ravens you
    May get your wish.

  • Christopher Howey

    I’m surprised Jordan Berry didn’t make the winners list. Once again,haven’t a punter that can flip the field is comforting.

  • 6 ring circus

    That’s just dumb.

  • WilliamSekinger

    If the Steelers lose at home to an 0-3 Ravens squad because Michael Vick is at QB, I think I’ll puke.

  • Madi

    That didn’t take long. Thanks!

  • Jonathan D Worth

    Big winner: Steelers’ defense! It’s been a couple of years since we gave up so few points (vs. Jets, 19-6, in week 6 of 2013).

  • William Weaver

    On the other hand, or glass half full, if we make the Ravens 0-4 with our back up QB it warms all our broken hearts a little!! Lol

  • Matt Manzo

    I was suprised at how many times they ran Bell up the middle! All week we’ve been hearing about how stout they were in the middle and how vulnerable they were on the outside.

  • Steve

    Vick averages one turnover per game.

  • Steve

    Pretty stupid play calling especially when it continual don’t work.

  • Steve

    See ya – Bye! Please leave, have heard enough.

  • Steve

    Good one William, I like your thinking.

  • Jason Popovich

    Yea Jones isn’t very good, but Vick just can’t seem to hold onto the ball, and still can’t read a defense and go through his progressions in his 15th year…

  • Eric

    Be very careful of what you wish for!

  • Jason Popovich

    Woo hooo! don’t let the door hit ya in the gash!

  • Steve

    True – Some jerk was complaining about Ben right before he got hurt. Well plp like that don’t deserve to be a fan.

  • Jason Popovich

    Yea I really wanted them to pound the rock, especially after Ben went down. But up the middle into the teeth of that D with Donald and Brockers?

  • BradleyT

    Goodbye!!! Don’t try to jump back on the train when it gets rolling

  • Jason Popovich

    How about a win for Steeler Nation? the Steeler fans in St. Louis were amazing! Even after Ben went down, the Rams should’ve had tons of momentum, but you sure couldn’t feel it coming out of those stands!

  • Jason Popovich

    I’m saving your post Madi. Whenever I see you here again it will go back up. Vick was already on the team, you back out now cuz he’s getting snaps? Fork off!

  • Jason

    Had his streak in the first qtr

  • AndyR34

    Those streaks are over now…no one to throw the ball near him.

  • Jason Popovich

    I wanted a lil more leg on one of them, (it was still 51 yards) but yes Berry gets a win from me for sure. He was the reason we contained Austin today!

  • Madi

    lol Steve, I will never be as good a fan as you.

  • Madi

    I’ve been vocal on the subject for years, long before he was on the team. I was able to root for us as long as he was on the bench, but if he has the ball in his hands, I just can’t hope for good things. I’ll root for the other players on the team, but the fact is, if he gets sacked or throws a pick, I’ll feel good about it. Hard to call myself a fan like that.

    I don’t think that makes me hypocritical. It means I was holding out as long as I could.

  • NinjaMountie

    I think people are just annoyed because it seems like you want them to lose. Not even for a draft pick….it’s just because you don’t like someone on the team.

  • Madi

    Well, like I already said, I’m planning on jumping back on when Vick is off the field. It has to do with him playing, not wins and losses.

  • Jason Popovich

    You’re right. It is hard to call yourself fan. So stick to your word and disappear!

  • NinjaMountie

    Why don’t people deserve a second chance in this country? I seriously don’t understand this attitude. If he was your son, you would sure hope people would give him a chance.

  • Jason Popovich

    Pls don’t indulge the gash with a Vick debate.

  • Madi

    I don’t want us to lose, but I want Vick to fail. I can’t exactly help that, and don’t feel like I should have to.

    But yeah, you got the gist of it. It’s because I don’t like someone on the team. It runs much deeper than that, but that’s the simplified bottom line.

  • Madi

    Can’t wait to see what tomorrow’s word of the day calendar has in store.

  • NinjaMountie

    I won’t for long. I just don’t get it. I’m not a Vick fan but I’m not going to say he can’t work because he did something years ago and paid the price. Anyway, lets hope Ben isn’t hurt too badly.

  • Madi

    That’s not what I said at all. You’re conflating my hatred of Vick with a disapproval of second chances.

    I have many thoughts on the subject, typed out already. If you’re interested in a different perspective, I can show you. Links aren’t allowed on here, though. If you can message me, that works, or I can give you directions if that’s not possible.

    Believe it or not, I’m NOT trying to get into a debate here. But I can show you my side.

  • Jason Popovich

    If ur gonna give up on the Steelers entirely bcuz of one player what kind of bandwagon gash was he in the first place?

  • steelster

    I’m way more concerned about the Bengals.

  • Jason Popovich

    See what I mean? That’s what he wanted…

  • Madi

    If there’s nothing on earth the team could do to make you stop being a fan, then you are one hell of a fan, and you get major props. What kind of person that makes you is another story.

  • NinjaMountie

    Well, it’s all good. I get the dislike, no need to go into it here. Don’t want to inflame the masses. Have a good one.

  • copanut

    Maybe you can’t control your feelings, but you can control your need to broadcast your feelings to an audience that really doesn’t care how you feel about Vick.

  • Jason Popovich

    Vick playing ball certainly ain’t it. So would you please honor your word and leave this forum?

  • Madi

    So you have limits too, then? Of course you do. Everybody does. I guess we’re not so different.

    Like I said, Vick is across the line for me. It’s not for you. It’s a simple disagreement, so I don’t see why you have to act like I’m crazy or something. You’d do the same thing under the right circumstances, however unlikely they are to happen.

  • Madi

    Isn’t that exactly what this is for?

    I’ve seen a lot of message boards and forums in my day, but, “Don’t say what you think about the team or a player” has never been one of the rules. Usually it’s the opposite.

  • Jason Popovich

    Danny Smith in the lose column for a failed fake punt? Cmon man

  • Madi

    I agree. I thought the Steelers actually looked very well-prepared for a fake punt on that play. Just not that particular play. And it’s not one I’ve seen before, so I don’t blame them.

  • copanut

    Didn’t say it was a rule. What I said is that you can control your urge to pontificate and you chose not to. That’s a simple fact. You have a right to do it so long as the site owner allows it, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a reflection of some personality need on your part. Lots of people don’t like Vick but don’t feel the need to start a debate about it. You have the right to post and he has the right to work, end of story.

  • Madi

    Is this a joke? I’ve deliberately avoided a Vick debate. The 500 comments above are more about me being a fan. When Ninja tried to start a debate, (“Why can’t people have second chances in this country”) I basically said, “Not here, don’t want to get into that, but I can show you my opinion elsewhere.” That’s pontificating?

    My feelings on Vick aren’t JUST allowed; they’re normal, and a lot of fans agree with me. Not necessarily on this site, but a lot of fans. You equate my posting with Vick playing. If I were to grant you that those were the same thing, then just follow that logic: You don’t like me posting about it the same way I don’t like Vick playing… then you post about my posting. Isn’t that the same exact thing? You complaining about me like me complaining about Vick? Don’t your words apply to you, too?

    Now add to that the reason you’re complaining is that I wrote a couple sentences about my own relationship with the team following a major change. And I did it in a Steelers website comment section. How foolish of me.

    I’d love to get SteelersDepot’s thoughts on this, if they’re reading.

  • Jason Popovich

    Ur not a fan anymore. Remember? From about 3 mins ago?

  • Madi

    It’s ok, Jason. Not everybody is good at understanding things.

  • copanut

    Well I’m done.

  • Keith Evans

    Haley should be on the losers list, that was a pretty poor game called, no cleverness at all and more brain-farting in the Redzone, looks like we’ve saddled ourselves with another below par O Coordinator.

    Jarvis Jones should be a loser, i lost track of how many times he nearly tackled someone!

  • Jason

    Below par O coordinator? Lol. I’m always amazed at the post some people come up with. This was a zinger.

  • NinjaMountie

    Don’t drag me back into this lol. I purposely avoided a debate. If you stating your opinion about something isn’t starting a debate, then my stating mine means the same. If you recall, I said “No Thanks” to the debate. Thank you very much.

  • Alex Kozora

    For how open it was and the repeated issues in the past with it, I consider it an issue.

  • NinjaMountie

    Okay, I’ll bite on this one.
    Now you are deliberately trolling. You know that JP doesn’t want a dialogue with you but you persisted in trying to start one. C’mon, you are either completely ignorant or trolling. Which is it?

  • toonasteel

    Mike Vick as a loser??? Come on man!!
    Did you have to reach a quota of 5 winners/losers each?
    If so, I would have chosen the proctologist over Vick as he gets a pass this game. Cody Wallace also had a penalty and allowed penetration. In fact from Wallace to Beachum, that whole side was outmatched.

  • Madi

    Ha, sorry. I wasn’t offering a debate. I was going to show you a lengthy, detailed post I made on another forum, that covered the topic you’d asked about.

  • Madi

    That last comment was a shot at his intelligence, absolutely. Guilty.

    He doesn’t want a dialogue with me? I made a pretty innocuous comment about a football play, and it was in agreement. He came back with something else.

  • Zarbor

    Yup, I would put Vick on there because he fumbled. That was an issue for him coming in and now that he got in the game its what he end up doing…twice. He had small hands.

    I have nothing against Vick like the dog lovers do. My issue with Vick is on the field. He’s not an accurate guy and not a very good reader of defenses. Thursday night is not going to be pretty especially if Beachum and the rest of that line doesn’t get it together quickly.

    Sorry folks who are big Beachum supporters. He is not a #1 left tackle in this league but has been the #1 left tackle for us. He should be paid as such and took the offer. Against the better pass rushers he’s struggled mightly.

  • Eric

    Ad Scobi to the winners list for not missing any FG’s and allowing any significant returns. Ad Jariv Jones to the losers list for continuing to not play his worth as a first round pick

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    Well, the could start Jones.

  • Dan Elgin

    What will interesting is to see if the Steelers Front Office is out scrounging for another QB tomorrow. If so, the existence of Landry Jones is highly questionable.

  • Douglas Andrews

    Agree with ya on Beech. He’s struggled over the past 3 games. Gotta say today he looked about as bad as I’ve seen him play. Just think if Beechum would have gotten a contract like the Pats Nat Solder. He’s a good tackle but not a #1 LT.

  • Jason Popovich

    U fell for it again Ninja! HAHAHa

  • Jason Popovich

    If fake punts are converted often against the Steelers it’s an issue. They certainly aren’t. Just feels the same as when fans blame Coach Mitchell when Brady’s getting the ball out in 1.9 sec. Our special teams played great today with Berry’s leg and that coverage, they shut down Austin. I guess it would be a different story if that punter had half an arm. Go back and watch, he put his whole body into that heave. Quite comical.

  • SteelerMike

    Love to see Tuitt coming through early and often in year two.

  • Mr jack

    Boy bye

  • Ryan

    That’s was my biggest concern when we signed Vick is his propensity for turnovers. Hopefully with better prep he can clean it up while Ben is out.

  • Todd that dude!

    I’d put Haley on the losers list. Other than our opening drive, the play calling was horrible.

  • HoodMatic1

    I must say I am one of the guys in the ‘Pay Beachum’ club but it hasn’t been a great start to the season for him. I hope he turns it around though bc we need him especially with Ben being out now

  • Jason Popovich

    Yea Jarvis was in good position and missed quite a bit today…

  • Jason Popovich

    Was a new contract offered to Beachum this year?

  • Jason Popovich

    Just when I think Jarvis is turning the corner, he has a game like this. I really don’t know what to think of the guy. So many ups and downs.

  • Reggie Cunningham

    True Steelers fans never give up. Lets Go Steelers and lets go Vick..

  • Reggie Cunningham

    Me too.

  • Reggie Cunningham

    Its called the Pittsburgh Steelers not Vickburgh Steelers.if you want him to do bad then you’re not a fan

  • Shawn S.

    Mike Mitchell had some nice, violent hits today. Its the first time I’ve noticed him for good reasons in the secondary. His season is off to a decent start, IMO.

  • Kip Holmes

    Cody Wallace should be on this list too, blown by Brock ers at goal line in the 1st drive that made them settle for a FG.

  • PittsburghSports

    I would be surprised if any of the Offensive lineman graded out positively by PFF. However, I really liked the blocking on Bell’s 19 yard run on the 2nd drive. Beachum blocked Donald, Wallace pulled to the left, and DeCastro hit the 2nd level and it gave Bell plenty of room to run. Great execution. We’re really going to need that level of play from the run game the next month while we wait for Ben to return.

  • Madi

    I guess.

  • Steve

    Willie Gay should be in the win column too.

  • Steve

    Cody Wallace is a piss pore center.