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took part in a big prime time game at Heinz Field on Thursday Night Football http://www.steelerscheapauthenticstore.com/vince-williams-jersey-cheap , and the Steelers presented their loyal fan base a 52-21 whopping for their fifth straight win of the season.During the game, some perform well, while others fall short of the standard. This is where the Winners and Losers column comes in. After the game, when the dust settles, we decipher who falls into which category. As always, feel free to comment on the list in the comment section below. Be part of the conversation!WinnersBen RoethlisbergerStat Line: 22/25, 328 yards, 5 TDs, 0 INT, 158.3 Passer RatingRoethlisberger lit up the scoreboard with a perfect passer rating. The fourth time he has done that in his career. Putting Roethlisberger on this list is easy, but I wonder how many points this team could have scored had he played the full game?Antonio BrownStat Line: 6 rec., 96 yards, 1 TD, 6 targetsEveryone was expecting a big game from Brown, and he delivered. On the day he was cited for a traffic violation, Brown put together a fine outing, catching every pass thrown his way — including a 53-yard bomb for a touchdown. I’ve said it before Youth Joe Haden Jersey , and I’ll say it again, Brown’s stats (receptions and yards) might be down this year, but as long as he is hitting pay dirt and the team is winning I don’t think he will be complaining much.JuJu Smith-SchusterStat Line: 3 rec., 90 yards, 1 TD, 1 rush, 13 yards, 5 targets Right when Steelers fans starting sweating after watching the Panthers drive down the field with ease and put up a TD, JuJu struck again. The first play from scrimmage set the tone for what comes next, more on that in a second, but remember when everyone said Smith-Schuster doesn’t have the speed to get deep? In his second year he has proven this is laughable.Vince WilliamsStat Line: 4 tackles, 3 solo, 1 sack, 1 INT, 1 Pass Defense, 1 QB Hit, 1 TFL Cheap Terrell Edmunds Jersey , 1 TDWilliams looked bad on the opening drive. He looked as if he couldn’t hang with McCaffrey for a full game, and maybe he couldn’t, but it didn’t matter after Smith-Schuster struck on the first offensive play for the offense, and then Williams’ pick-six completely changed the game. Going from 7-0 to 7-14 in a blink of an eye is remarkable, and Williams had himself a night – very worthy of being in this category.Bud DupreeStat Line: 2 tackles, 2 solo, 1 sack, 2 TFL, 1 QB HitDon’t look now, but Dupree has been on this list for two straight weeks. Dare I say, he is starting to resemble an NFL pass rusher. Is he elite? No. He is about elite as Joe Flacco is elite, but he is becoming a threat. And that is just what the Steelers need out of Dupree. If the offense wants to put extra attention to Watt, it is up to Dupree to win his matchup — and he has been. He has notched 4.5 sacks so far this season, and is on pace to be on the verge of a double-digit sack total season. Bet you didn’t see that coming this year!Roosevelt NixStat Line: 2 receptions, 17 yards, 2 targets, 1 FFIn an effort to get some players on the list who aren’t normally here http://www.steelerscheapauthenticstore.com/stephon-tuitt-jersey-cheap , Nix deserves a spot. His two receptions for 17 yards weren’t just fun to watch, but also helped move the chains on Pittsburgh drives. But what Nix brings to this team is so much more than fullback play. His special teams play, and his forced fumble on a kickoff, was the final nail in the coffin.Cameron HeywardStat Line: 3 tackles, 2 solo, 2 sacks, 2 TFL, 2 QB HitsSince the Steelers have altered their gap assignments for their defensive front, Heyward has been more of a plugger, and less of a dynamic playmaker. But on Thursday night we all were treated to some of the 2017 Heyward who registered double digit sacks. Heyward was dominant and did his part in collapsing the pocket and giving Cam Newton happy feet on more than on occasion.T.J. WattStat Line: 1 tackle, 1 solo, 1 sack, 1 TFL, 2 QB HitsWatt didn’t necessarily light up the stat sheet, but he was a force on the field. It was his pressure which forced Newton’s bad throw to Vince Williams. It was Watt who sent a message to Newton with a wicked hit to his throwing shoulder. Not every game is going to be for padding stats, and Watt’s Week 10, while statistically mundane Youth Xavier Grimble Jersey , was disruptive.Coaching StaffStat Line: 52 points, and a huge prime time win on a short weekKudos to Mike Tomlin, Keith Butler and Randy Fichtner. They all deserve a pat on the back after a tremendous game play on a short week. I can only imagine the hours spent from Sunday night till Thursday morning watching film, meeting with players, practicing and just overall prep on a short week. Oh, and the Steelers were only penalized ONCE in this game. 3rd Down UnitsStat Line: Offense: 8-10, Defense: 4-11More 3rd down dominance on both sides of the ball. This is an indicator of a team on the rise, and if they keep this up they will be tough to beat down the stretch.Red-Zone OffenseState Line: 4-for-4Remember when the knock on the Steelers was their poor red-zone numbers? Not anymore. After a perfect evening in the red area, it will be interesting to see where they rank come Week 11. My guess is at the top of the league, or very close to it.David DeCastro and Maurkice PounceyStat Line: The enforcersWhen Eric Reid hit Roethlisberger high while sliding, the enforcers stepped in to make sure Reid knew exactly what he did, and that it wasn’t acceptable. For a second I felt I was watching a hockey game when the team goes after someone for going after their superstars. They can be called enforcers on the ice, and I think it is safe to say the Panthers wanted no part of No. 66 or No. 53. I loved the response by the Steelers.LosersArtie BurnsStat Line: Garbage time play, still gets burntI don’t even know what to say about Artie Burns anymore. He doesn’t see the field outside of special teams until the fourth quarter, and while in the game gets burned and commits a horrible defensive pass interference call in the process (the Steelers’ only penalty of the night). Burns is in a bad place right now. There has been so much negative press pouring out of Pittsburgh since the end of the season about Antonio Brown that nobody knows what to believe. It has become a he said she said kind of deal and the actual truth has probably been lost somewhere in the middle. I know we are all tired of speculating and are now forced to patiently wait for the pieces to fall where they may.One of the initial reasons given credit for Brown’s current off season of discontent was the mutually respectful relationship between HC Mike Tomlin and franchise QB Ben Roethlisberger, which reportedly made Brown feel under appreciated. Again, there is no way at this point to confirm the validity of any of these reports.This actual line of thinking makes little sense if we are being honest Youth JuJu Smith-Schuster Jersey , but I will admit it is an ingenious attempt to somehow identify Tomlin’s and Ben’s contributions in this whole mess. While the attempt to deflect blame is rather inventive, the working relationship between Tomlin and Ben isn’t really that unique. Actually, it is consistent with the expected norm and paramount to team success.Consider the remaining teams preparing for their playoff games this weekend and the HC/QB connection for each team. There is an obvious correlation between this relationship and team success on the field.The Los Angeles Rams drafted Jared Goff with the first overall pick in the NFL draft three seasons ago and paired him with defensive minded HC Jeff Fisher. The union didn’t result in a nurturing environment and was so unsuccessful that Goff was approaching bust status after his rookie season. Flash forward to his sophomore season. Fisher fired, Sean McVay hired, and suddenly Goff looks like a first-round pick and possible franchise QB. Closer relationship leads to better communication and increased production on the field.Take the Kansas City Chiefs as an example of the importance a HC can have on the development of his young QB. Chiefs HC Andy Reid recognized the immense talents of QB Patrick Mahomes, this season’s probable league MVP, during the off season and realized Mahomes could take the Chiefs to the next level of contention. Reid accepted the challenge of shielding his young QB through the expected trials and tribulations of a first year starting QB, and that decision has produced historic results.Their success is a direct result of the level of trust achieved between the two men. Watch their interaction when the Chief’s offense is off the field. Reid is sitting there next to Mahomes on the bench, discussing what his young QB is seeing on the field, and formulating a plan of attack that Mahomes feels comfortable with moving forward in the game. I can’t recall ever witnessing that level of nurturing between HC and QB before at the NFL level. I almost expect Reid to cradle Mahomes on his lap and pull out a nursing blanket. But you can’t argue with the results. I am just surprised none of the Chiefs players seem to be jealous.The QB has to be an extension of the HC on the field and a certain level of trust is imperative to their success on the field. In last season’s Super Bowl victory, Philadelphia Eagles HC Doug Pederson had to have faith that backup QB Nick Foles could execute his innovative gameplan. He also had to trust Foles to convert the multiple fourth down attempts necessary to knockoff the defending champions. Foles made Pederson look like a genius and rewarded his faith in him.I hope that Mike Tomlin and Big Ben do have the type of relationship suggested in that report, because it bodes well for the immediate future of the Steelers franchise.Tomlin realizes one contributing factor to him never having a losing record is having a future HOF franchise QB leading his team every step of the way. An undeniable truth and the result of an successful relationship who’s final chapter has yet to be written.As Tomlin’s and Ben’s critics are all too happy to point out, neither man is perfect, but they are Steelers to the core and they always show up. Custom Tennessee Titans Jerseys
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