Man what a win that was. Any time you beat a division leading rival on the road, you have to be pleased. We looked sharp in all phases and finally forced a turnover (two to be exact). Ben was accurate for the most part and would have had 90 more yards and another TD if he could have hit Wallace in stride. Anyways, here are the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.
- Rashard Mendenhall: Mendy went into beast mode today and despite rushing 16 times for just 44 yards, he had some great runs and made the best out of what was there. He added 2TDs and 23 yards receiving to make up what was probably his best game of the season.
- Antonio Brown: Brown seems to be our #1 WR in terms of Ben's mind, leading the team in targets yet again. Despite not having a good game returning, he ended up with 5 catches for 86 yards, showing off his athleticism throughout the game.
- Jason Worilds: Worilds did not record a sack but I saw at least 3 QB Pressures and a hit. He also more than held his own in run support.
- Lawrence Timmons: Timmons finished with just 4 tackles but he showed great awareness on the batted ball INT by William Gay.
- William Gay: I saw three deflected passes, one leading to an INT, an INT for Gay, and a couple very good tackles. When his WR caught the ball, he closed quickly. This is the 9th out of 10 games that Gay has been good.
- James Harrison: Harrison only recorded two tackles, but I saw three to four pressures (can't remember) and he got held at least twice (only one called).
- Mike Wallace: Wallace finished with 6 receptions for 54 yards and 31 rushing yards. He showed he is more than just a deep threat, catching multiple screens. He had one bad drop but still had a great day. It would have been 90 yards and 1TD better if not for Ben overthrowing him.
- Jerricho Cotchery: Cotchery is going to be a force for the rest of the season. He caught two TD passes (one called back because of offensive pass interference on Heath Miller) and was open another time at the endzone but a miscommunication between him and Ben cost the Steelers a TD.
- Troy Polamalu: Polamalu had 6 tackles and was in the backfield often. He had one bad play (will talk about later) but overall he was very impressive.
- Ike Taylor: I don't think Ike let up a catch all game. The TD to Green was not on him and I can't recall him even being targeted (besides his one dropped INT). Someone let me know if im wrong on that stat but he was swagin today.
- Ben Roethlisberger: He was nearly flawless today, throwing 2TDs (one called back) and for about 230 yards. The INT was absolutely 100% Heath Miller's fault. Again though, he should have had 90 more yards and 1 more TD.
- The offensive line: The OL was pretty awful today, allowing 5 sacks (about 2 were on Ben) and countless pressures. They failed to open up running holes for most of the game as well. Hopefully they start playing well again in two weeks.
- Ryan Clark: I don't think Clark made a good play all game. He was mainly responsible for A.J. Green's TD and he gave up 10 yard catches a few other times.
- Heath Miller: Miller gave away points twice. He committed a meaningless Offensive PI that got rid of a TD and he dropped an easy 7 yard catch that was intercepted by Hall which led to 3 points for the Bengals.
- Mike Wallace's drop: Early in the 4th quarter on 3rd down and 6, Mike Wallace was WIDE open for a 10 yard gain and a first down. Instead, he took his eye off the ball and let it fall to the ground.