Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Report Card

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Report Card

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TODAY'S TEAM GRADE: D+

QB -- QUARTERBACK: D

Ben Roethlisberger's four turnovers resulted in three touchdowns, including two in the first half, and it was too much to overcome. His fumble on a sack at the Bears 17 on the third offensive play led to a 10-0 lead. And, after the Steelers cut the lead to 17-3, his third-down pass was intercepted and returned for a 38-yard TD. He also had a fumble returned for a touchdown by DE Julius Peppers. After that, it didn't matter that he passed for 406 yards, threw two nice touchdowns to Antonio Brown and had a 104.8 rating.

RB -- RUNNING BACKS: D

After rushing for a franchise-low 76 yards to start the season, the Steelers rushed for 55 yards in the first half, thanks to a 25- yard run by Jonathan Dwyer. They finished with 80 yards on 21 carries, eclipsing their total of 76 yards from the first two games. But another big turnover, this one a fumble by Felix Jones on the first series of the third quarter, led to a field goal and a 27-10 deficit. The good news: Rookie Le'Veon Bell could return next game.

WR -- WIDE RECEIVERS: B

Antonio Brown finally looked like the big-play receiver he is expected to be, catching four passes for 105 yards in the first half, including a nice 33-yard touchdown over CB Tim Jennings. His best catch, though, was a one-handed 21-yarder for a touchdown in the third quarter. Heath Miller started in his first game back from offseason ACL surgery and had three catches. David Johnson had two for a career-high 51 yards.

OL -- OFFENSIVE LINE: D

It's probably not much of an accomplishment, but the line at least managed to clear enough room to gain more yards and average more yards per carry than the first two games combined. But Roethlisberger was under pressure for most of the game, with both of his lost fumbles coming from pressure in the pocket. Because of the poor play on the tackles, Kelvin Beachum took turns replacing Mike Adams and Marcus Gilbert in the first half.

DL -- DEFENSIVE LINE: C-minus

The Steelers tried to apply pressure on QB Jay Cutler with DEs Brett Keisel and Cam Heyward, and Keisel had the only sack in the first half. …

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