From Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post Gazette:

Whether you believe in the ratings or not, Pro Football Focus keeps extensive stats and grades of every individual player in the NFL with a certain minimum number of snaps. For amusement purposes only then, here are some high and low grades they have for the Steelers. We left out those who garnered grades in the middle of the pack.

The Good

Antonio Brown ranks first among all NFL receivers with a 25.9 overall rating in PFF’s system.

Le’Veon Bell ranks first among NFL halfbacks at 14.4, and DeAngelo Williams ranks seventh at 7.3.

Ben Roethlisberger ranks third among quarterbacks at 20.2 (Carson Palmer leads with 36.1, Tom Brady is next at 33.4).

Ramon Foster ranks ninth among guards at 11.5 and David DeCastro 14th at 9.2.

Cam Heyward ranks sixth among 3-4 defensive ends at 25.4 (Stephon Tuitt is 23rd at 5.6).


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James Harrison ranks seventh among all 3-4 outside linebackers at 14.7.

Mike Mitchell is the ninth-highest safety with a 6.5.

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The Steelers still have as good a chance as anybody to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl.

The Steelers are coming off a stretch against Cincinnati, Oakland and Cleveland in which they arguably have played their best. Don’t think that’s not important.

The team that plays best in December usually plays best in January. The Steelers can be one of those teams.

The Steelers play four of their final six games on the road, with visits to Seattle, Cincinnati, Baltimore and Cleveland. They also have home dates against AFC South-leading Indianapolis and AFC West-leading Denver.

“We know we can’t win the Super Bowl in one week,” defensive end Cam Heyward said.

“When you look back at it, the teams that get hot and start putting together critical wins in their season usually go on to do pretty well in the postseason. It’s not a guarantee, but it is one of the things that we want to check off going into the tournament; that we are heading in the right direction.”

And if they get to the tournament, the Steelers — if they don’t lose anyone else to injury — have proven they have the potential to beat anyone.

Read the entire article HERE.

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Steelers run defense continues its pursuit to be the league’s best from Chris Adamski.

Ron Cook: Browns made it easy, but Steelers defense stepped up.

From the article:

“I thought we competed the entire game,” Cam Heyward said.

Heyward is the Steelers’ best defensive player. He’s also the defense’s conscience. He ripped its play in a 38-35 win last week against Oakland, calling it “crap” after the Raiders put up 440 yards and climbed out of a 35-21 fourth-quarter hole to nearly force overtime. He was in a much better mood Sunday.


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There really was a lot to like even though Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel threw for 372 yards and a touchdown. The Browns simply couldn’t run the ball; Manziel led them with 17 yards on three scrambles. It looked like a different Steelers defense than the one that gave up 139 rushing yards to the Raiders.

“We almost let the dam break,” Heyward said of that game. “To give up that many rushing yards and let them pass and run? It really ticked a lot of us off. Then, we looked at the last two games we played against Cleveland [last season] when they had like 350 yards rushing. There was a nasty taste in a lot of our guys’ mouths.”