With the Steelers winning a huge game on the road against the Chiefs, 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:
This was a tough call here. Even though the Steelers had only two trips to the red zone, they didn't squander the opportunities. Simply put, the Steelers had a smart game plan and stuck to it. They played to their strengths and ran the ball to set up the passing game. They didn't try to out-think their opponent with irrational cuteness. Lev Bell and AB played like superstars and Ben Roethlisberger rebounded with a smarter game against a very good defense. The OL weathered the loss of two starters and played strong.
Valedictorians: Bell and Brown
Honor Roll: Ben Roethlisberger, David DeCastro, Chris Hubbard
Detention: Jesse James
The Steelers shut down an incredibly explosive offense in their own house. Kareem Hunt had been averaging 117.6 YPG rushing and they held the NFL's leading rusher to 21 yards on the ground. An alarming lack of discipline from Mike Mitchell and terrible tackling in the fourth quarter knocks this grade down a tad, but it was a defensive-led victory.
Valedictorian: Vince Williams
Honor Roll: James Harrison, Sean Davis, Cam Heyward, Stephon Tuitt
Detention: Mike Mitchell, Bud Dupree
Special Teams: C
This unit isn't imploding, but they aren't doing anything special. They did shut down the dynamo that is Tyreek Hill, but the mistake JuJu and AB made in not fielding the free-kick following a safety—letting the ball roll free—was more of a coaching error in my mind. Smith should have reminded them that it wasn't a punt coming their way, but instead a live ball.
Honor Roll: Roosevelt Nix, Tyler Matekevich, Chris Boswell
Detention: Antonio Brown, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Danny Smith
Throw everything else out the window and give this team an overall ‘A’ grade for unity, game plan and inspired play. They weren't going to destroy a hot Chiefs team at home, but they beat a group that had been a juggernaut through five previous games. That's a successful day no matter how you look at it.