Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

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Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

REPORT CARD [Derived Headline]

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Quarterback F

Ben Roethlisberger was on his way to his worst statistical game in eight years before he completed 8 of 10 passes for 97 yards in a comeback attempt near the end of the game. Until then, he didn't have a completion longer than 16 yards, completed just 45 percent of his throws and had two interceptions. His passer rating of 57.1 was his lowest since Dec 19, 2011 in San Francisco (52.3).

Running backs C

After rushing for 51 yards on eight carries in the first half, Le'Veon Bell had just two more carries for 2 yards in the second half because the Steelers tried to play catch-up. Bell also caught six passes for 55 yards, including a catch-and-run for 18 yards on the final scoring drive. The Steelers finished with 128 yards rushing on 16 carries, but 60 came on a reverse for touchdown by Darrius Heyward-Bey.

Receivers F

Roethlisberger couldn't get the ball to his receivers with any type of regularity after Antonio Brown had just four catches for 39 yards and Heyward-Bey and Sammie Coates didn't have a reception. And two of Brown's catches came in the final two minutes. Brown was being bracketed by a safety for most of the game, which means other receivers are going to have to get open. And it just didn't happen.

Offensive line D-

The running game was effective in the first half, gaining 119 yards on 13 carries, though 60 of those yards came on Heyward-Bey's touchdown run on a reverse. But they failed to exploit the league's worst rush defense that was allowing 150.2 yards per game. What's more, the protection was terrible and the penalties were just as bad, disrupting any flow the Steelers were trying to gain.

Defensive line F

It was apparent how much the Steelers missed Cam Heyward (hamstring) because there was no pressure on QB Ryan Tannehill, the second-most sacked QB in the league. …

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