With the Steelers playing their third road contest in four weeks against the equally reeling Baltimore Ravens, the faculty and staff at BTSC filled out report cards based on the team's performance. Join us and see just how well they graded out.
The offensive line and a Le'Veon resurgence were key to getting the offense back on track. Ben seems out of sync, but I don't think it's going to linger much longer. AB didn't have his typical big day, but he didn't have to. Guys like JuJu Smith-Schuster and James Conner are emerging and the lid is about to be blown off when this offense goes full boil. There are still too many penalties on offense that need to be addressed, but the game plan, for the most part, was good.
Valedictorian: Le'Veon Bell
Honor Roll: JuJu Smith-Schuster, David DeCastro, Maurkice Pouncey
Detention: "Road Ben", Chris Hubbard
Besides allowing one huge gainer on an outside run, the defense controlled the game. They harassed Joe Flacco sacking him four times and intercepting the ball twice. The defense ranks second against the pass after four games.
Valedictorian: Ryan Shazier/Cam Heyward
Honor Roll: Stephon Tuitt, Bud Dupree, Sean Davis, Mike Hilton, Artie Burns
Special Teams: C
Danny Smith's unit has not been the liability that it was in 2016, but it wasn't anything better than average on Sunday. Antonio Brown's inclusion on the punt-return unit wasn't a shot in the arm whatsoever, Chris Boswell missed a field goal that allowed Baltimore Hope and Jordan Berry's punt average was less than 38 YPP.
Honor Roll: Nobody
Detention: Chris Boswell, Jordan Berry
You embarrassed your rival in their house and have sole-possession of the division lead after a quarter of the season. That's reason to celebrate. But bigger challenges loom ahead and this team needs to continue to raise the bar.