Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Gerry Dulac Grades the Steelers vs. Cardinals:

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Gerry Dulac Grades the Steelers vs. Cardinals:

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Quarterback A

Several players said the offense stands a better chance with Landry Jones at quarterback because he knows the playbook better than Mike Vick, and he showed it in the second half. Stepping in to his first NFL game and throwing two touchdowns with no interceptions was a big-time showing. Vick had only three completions for 6 yards. His only production came on three runs for 30 yards.

Running back B-

There wasn't a lot of running room for Le'Veon Bell, who had eight runs for 0 or negative yards. But he still managed to grind out 88 yards on 24 carries that included a 22-yard run on the first play of the first touchdown drive in the third quarter. He also carried seven times for 27 yards to set up the fourth field goal. For the first time in Bell's career of 34 games, though, he did not catch a pass.

Receivers B+

Playing in his first game of the season, Martavis Bryant had six catches for 137 yards and two touchdowns, the latter an 88-yard catch-and-run in which he weaved through and outran four defenders. It was the third touchdown of 80 yards or longer in his 11-game career. Antonio Brown had only three catches, but his 23-yarder helped set up a field goal. Heath Miller's only catch was a third- down conversion.

Offensive line B

Another starter went down for the season when LT Kelvin Beachum sustained a torn ACL in his left knee in the second quarter. But, much like Landry Jones, Alejandro Villanueva stepped in and performed very well. The line allowed just one sack, though none on Jones. The Steelers finished with 141 yards rushing, 47 on five runs by Vick, for a 4.4-yard average.

Defensive line B+

The Steelers held the league's highest-scoring offense to 13 points, even though the Cardinals had 21 first downs and 469 yards offense. For the second game in a row, they held the opponent under 56 yards rushing and 3 yards per attempt (2. …

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