On Sunday, the Pittsburgh Steelers put on a dominating 60-minute performance in a 27-11 victory over the Cleveland Browns. Besides the evident observations in Sunday’s game, the offensive line had a huge part in the offense’s success yesterday.
Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger dropped back thirty-four times against the Browns and completed twenty-two passes. The offensive line gave up zero sacks and allowed Roethlisberger to be hit just two times. The offensive line also paved the way on the the ground as the Steelers ran for 85 total yards (Bell 80). Sunday was perhaps the strongest showing by the Steelers’ offensive line all season.
The most impressive factor on the line is center Fernando Velasco. Velasco, who has seemingly already won the team MVP award according to the team, has played strong throughout the season since being signed as a free agent. Velasco started at center after Maurkice Pouncey suffered from a torn ACL in week one.
The Steelers play again on Thursday night against the Baltimore Ravens, who have one of the fiercest pass rushing attacks in the league. The offensive line needs to show much of the same similarities on Thanksgiving to help the Steelers earn a fourth consecutive win.