Steelers Vs Chiefs Sack Breakdown

Back to break down the lone sack allowed by the Pittsburgh Steelers in their Week Six win over the Kansas City Chiefs.

1. 3rd and 3, 9:28 1st. 11 personnel. Five block vs three man rush.

This one stings. Just a three man rush on third down but it gets home for the sack, forcing the Steelers to punt. The issue here is one that happened back in Week Two.

Le’Veon Bell is chipping ROLB Dee Ford to give Alejandro Villanueva help with B.J. Finney covered up by the three tech. But sometimes a chip can be disruptive to the tackle. Hard shove inside, causing Ford to counter with an inside spin.

Villanueva is either not expected it or oversetting, probably the latter, and should know he has that outside help. He’s unable to mirror the rush back inside, Fore dipping under and past to drag Ben Roethlisberger down to the ground.

If you remember, the same thing happened in Week Two against the Minnesota Vikings.

Seeing it twice, have to think it’s on Villanueva for not setting correctly knowing the help he had. If you’re wondering, there wasn’t much downfield. #2 running down the seam but would’ve been a right throw with the safety single high.

Villanueva running away with the sack lead this year.

Blame: Alejandro Villanueva

Sack Counter (Game)

Alejandro Villanueva: 1

Sack Counter (Season)

Alejandro Villanueva: 4.5
Ben Roethlisberger: 1.5
Le’Veon Bell: 1
Todd Haley: 1
Chris Hubbard: 1
David DeCastro: .5
Receivers: .5

Penalty Counter (Game)

B.J. Finney: 1

Penalty Counter (Season)

Chris Hubbard: 3
David DeCastro: 3
Maurkice Pouncey: 2
Alejandro Villanueva: 2
B.J. Finney: 1

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Alex Kozora
Full-time blogger from mom's basement. Marrying tape and statistics. Chidi Iwuoma is my favorite Steeler of all-time.
  • TroymanianDevil

    Surprised with how below average Villanueva has been this year. Not just on the 4.5 sacks allowed but getting beat many other times as well, including what appears to be several mental errors.

  • John

    Why is there a design for Pouncey to do nothing — and why does he never adjust?

  • WreckIess

    It’s not. Pouncey is watching for late blitzes and helping the guards of their guys try to come inside. It’s not his job to try to find work helping the left tackle.

  • Rob S.

    There isn’t. When you call the play you can’t anticipate how many rushers there are going to be. Based on articles I’ve seen by Alex the line sets up triangles and identifies who they have before the snap. Looking at this play it appears pouncey’s responsible for the inside linebacker and when he notices he’s not coming he turns to help Ramon Foster but Foster knocked down his rusher.

  • Shane Mitchell

    I dont know, the ball doesnt come out on time and I dont see anyone close to being open on this play. Right about the time Ben gets pressured we see AB slowing down his route and looking back to see what is happening like he expected the ball to already be thrown to the right side by now. I would say its on the cusp of putting the full blame on AV.

  • Alex Kozora

    It’s a three man rush, eight dropping. Play is going to take more time to develop. QB should be afforded more time.


    Don’t know how else to contact you, Alex. Could you do some film study on BJ Finney in this game? Overall, I think not too shabby!


    Draft need next year, in addition to ILB and TE, should be LT.

  • Alex Kozora

    I’ll try to! If not me, I’m sure Matthew will take a look.

  • jsteeler

    5 sacks in 6 weeks? Didn’t he just sign a contract to get worse? He hasn’t played many elite DE’s yet.

  • jsteeler

    He just signed a contract for the next 4 years. If he could stay in front of his Man like he stood in front of the team while in the tunnel those 4.5 sacks could have been 4,5 more 1st downs. Much respect for my Army Brother, but this is a copy cat league. AV’s weaknesses have been put on film. Teams are smart and will try to exploit it on tape. AV’s foot work isn’t the best nor is he quick to the spot looking at the gifs and previous Steelers games. Hopefully, AV can get better the rest of the season. It only takes one miss pass block and a hit on Ben for him to be knocked out of the game. Ben is not as mobile as Aaron Rogers.