Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

REPORT CARD: Gerry Dulac Grades the Steelers' Effort Sunday vs. the Brown at Heinz Chapel [Derived Headline]

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

REPORT CARD: Gerry Dulac Grades the Steelers' Effort Sunday vs. the Brown at Heinz Chapel [Derived Headline]

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TODAY'S TEAM GRADE" A

QB -- QUARTERBACK: B-minus

It was not a vintage performance by Ben Roethlisberger, who threw two interceptions for the first time since the eighth game in New England. But he completed 4 of 7 passes for 64 yards on the opening drive for a 7-0 lead, and that's really all he needed to do. It was the fifth time this season and third game in a row he threw for fewer than 200 yards, but he's 4-1 in those games.

RB -- RUNNING BACKS: B-plus

Le'Veon Bell did more than just set a team rookie record with 1,259 yards from scrimmage. He finished with 90 yards rushing on 20 carries -- the fourth time in the past five games he has averaged more than 4 yards per carry. He had 52 of those yards in the first half, including 41 yards on eight carries on the second scoring drive. His 5-yard touchdown run that capped that 14-play drive was a thing of beauty.

WR -- WIDE RECEIVERS: B

Antonio Brown had another productive game with nine catches for 87 yards, including a 24-yard catch-and-run on the opening drive to set up a touchdown. Brown had six catches in the second half, including four on a drive that set up a field goal. Jerricho Cotchery made a nice dive to the pylon on a 9-yard touchdown, his 10th scoring catch this season.

OL -- OFFENSIVE LINE: B-plus

The Steelers rushed for 120 yards and averaged 4.1 yards per attempt, the third game in a row and sixth time this season they topped 100 yards. And Roethlisberger was sacked just once when Marcus Gilbert got beat by DE Billy Winn in the first half. What's more, the Steelers did not have a run for negative yards, but it should be noted the Browns allowed an average of 193.5 yards rushing the past two games.

DL -- DEFENSIVE LINE: B

After giving up 151 yards rushing a week ago in Green Bay, the Steelers tightened up to some degree against the Browns, allowing 79 yards on 20 carries. DE Brett Keisel made two big plays early, forcing a fumble on a sack and making a big defensive stop in what could be his final game with the Steelers. …

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