Steeler Nation, the Steelers have now played their last game of the 2013 season,beating the Cleveland 20-7 and ending the season with an 8-8 mark and a non-losing year for the 10th consecutive season.
Lets take a look at the Good, Bad & Ugly of the game.
Lets start with the play of running back Le’Veon Bell. Bell ran the ball 20 times for 90 yards ,a 4.5 yard average and a touchdown. Bell has shown all season that he has the skills to be a real special player in this league. The Steelers have not had a runner of this caliber for years. Bell shows great patience in the run game,is extremely athletic for a runner his size, while also being a more than able pass blocker and receiver.
Antonio Brown continued his stellar season grabbing nine catches for 87 yards. Brown ended the season with 110 catches and 1499 yards another MVP award and a Pro Bowl nomination. Brown was easily the most consistent player on the Steelers offense.
The Steelers offensive line deserves a lot of credit. The Steeler running game averaged 4.1 yards a carry and only allowed one sack. The offensive line has really come around in the past several weeks despite many injuries and adversity.
On defense outside linebacker Jarvis Jones had a very good game collecting 9 total tackles, 1 for loss, and a pass defense. Jones still has a ways to go but shows potential with a little more experience and added strength.
Inside linebacker Lawrence Timmons continued to be a force on the inside with 8 tackles including a sack .
Defensive ends Brett Keisel and Cam Heyward both collected sacks and made their presence known through out the game. Keisel forced a fumble with his sack and Heyward looks like a leader in the making.
The Steelers offense did not have its best day as far as putting up points. There seemed to be a lot of missed opportunities, especially in the red-zone as the Steelers were only able to put up two field goals ,a total of 6 points in the entire second half.
The Steelers must work on their red zone efficiency. This is an area that has plagued them most of the season.
The Ugly truth is that the Steelers almost made the playoffs but only have themselves to blame after a slow start and losing to more than a couple of real bad teams.