Steeler Nation, the Steelers are now 5-6 and have a three game winning streak after defeating the Cleveland Browns 27-11 at Cleveland. The game may have been the Steelers best overall performance of the 2013 season. Let’s take a look at the Good, the Bad & the Ugly of the game.
As usual, the good starts with QB Ben Roethlisberger and WR Antonio Brown. These two have had great chemistry all season and the trend continued against the Browns.
Roethlisberger completed 22 of 34 passes for 217 yards and had two touchdown passes and 0 interceptions for a QB rating of 102.2.
Brown had 6 catches for 92 yards and a 41 yard touchdown going against one of the NFL’s top cornerbacks Joe Haden. The Steelers offensive line kept Roethlisberger clean the whole game not giving up a single sack and only allowing 2 QB hits. The line and running back Le’Veon Bell continued to make strides in the running game as Bell ran 23 times for 80 yards and came up with tough yards at key times.
The Steelers defense had 4 takeaways and 5 sacks. Troy Polamalu forced 2 fumbles and a sack. Jason Worilds continued to be a disruptive force. Worilds provided pressure on the quarterback recording 3 QB hurries and 6 hits on the quarterback. Worilds has shown great promise filling in for LaMarr Woodley. Al Woods did a good job filling in for Steve Mclendon who was injured early in the game. Woods collected 2 sacks and 4 tackles for the game.
Cornerback William Gay continues to be a bright spot in the Steelers secondary recording a pick six to help seal the victory. The Steelers probably played there most dominating game as a team and the arrow is finally beginning to point up in key areas.
The Bad :
The Bad was hard to see in this game but I would have to say giving up 14 catches for 237 yards and a touchdown to wide receiver Josh Gordon was bad even though most of it came when the Steelers had the game well in hand.
The Steelers inconsistent punting game has been ugly most of the season. This part of the game must improve soon as you get the feeling that these bad punts will soon cost the Steelers as the games become more important and the margin for error becomes less. The weather is going to be a factor from here on out and punting dictates field position a key in close match ups.