Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Gerry Dulac Grades the Steelers on Sunday's Game:

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Gerry Dulac Grades the Steelers on Sunday's Game:

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Quarterback B+

The game plan was quick throws to offset the Rams' front-line pressure and Ben Roethlisberger worked it to perfection, completing 13 of 16 passes for 160 yards with no completion longer than 20 yards. He threw an interception the one time he tried a deep pass. The biggest thing Mike Vick did when he came in was not turn the ball over, though he fumbled once and had an interception dropped.

Running backs B

Le'Veon Bell returned from a two-game suspension and was his usual workhorse, touching the ball 26 times, including seven catches. Bell got most of his 62 yards rushing on two carries -- a 19-yarder in the first quarter to start a touchdown drive and a 23- yarder in the fourth quarter. He also tied for the longest reception -- a 20-yard catch-and-run with one hand that set up a field goal.

Receivers B

The Rams were helpless to stop quick passes to Antonio Brown, who had seven of his 11 catches and 82 of his 108 receiving yards in the first half. That included four third-down conversions, including a big 14-yarder on third-and-13. Heath Miller had only two catches, but an 8-yarder over the middle set up a field goal and he drew a pass interference at the Rams 1 that led to Bell's touchdown run.

Offensive line C

It wasn't a good first half for LT Kelvin Beachum, who had two 10- yard penalties and gave up one of the five sacks in the opening 30 minutes. But it was a good performance by G David DeCastro, who was a beast, keeping DT Aaron Donald away from the ball and routinely getting to the second tier. Donald had a big series in the third quarter with a sack and two tackles for loss.

Defensive line B

The Rams finished with 71 yards rushing but 24 came on a jet sweep by WR Chris Givens in the fourth quarter. Otherwise, the rush defense was more than solid, allowing an average of 2.8 yards on the other 17 carries. …

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