The Pittsburgh Steelers were able to get back to .500 heading into their bye week as they defeated the Seattle Seahawks by the score of 23-20 in overtime at Heinz Field. The win could be attributed to many factors where the team came through on both sides of the ball. Even though it wasn’t a perfect game, there were some good performances of note from the black and gold.
So who gets the game ball?
Each Steelers win this season, I will set forth nominations to receive the BTSC game ball. It does not necessarily have to be the best player on the field, but who really stepped up their game this particular week. It may not even be their best performance, but perhaps overcoming some adversity will also put someone in consideration. After the case is been made, you all decide which player takes home the honor.
Coming off of a win last week, let’s recap the Week 5 game ball.
Week 5 Game Ball Winner: Najee Harris
This vote once again wasn’t even close as Harris had 72% percent of the votes. Despite exiting the game early with cramps, rookie running back Najee Harris had his first 100 yard rushing game of the season with 122 yards on 23 carries and a touchdown. Harris also added another 20 receiving yards on two receptions. Despite not being able to be on the field to run out the clock at the end of the game, it was Harris’ performance which put the Steelers in their good situation in the fourth quarter.
I’m very grateful we finally get back to the positive side of things yet again and get to hand out a game ball. I will remind everyone of the rules that it is individual players who will be in the running. Although it could be applicable, it will not be either position groups or coaches who are eligible for this designation as they are more in line for Jeff Hartman’s Winners and Losers article. Also, with it being an overtime game, we will have an extra nominee. So here are the nominations in no particular order:
After having his first 100-yard game, Najee Harris followed it up with 127 all-purpose and a receiving touchdown. Also, he had 48 rushing yards in the fourth quarter and overtime along with a 12-yard reception to set up the Steelers late field goal in regulation.
Although he was likely still going to be nominated at the end of regulation, what an overtime for T.J. Watt! Ending the first OT drive with a sack as well as forcing the takeaway on the second drive to set up the game-winning kick. This week Mr. Watt showed how much he earned his big contract.
How great is it to not have to worry about kicking? First Boswell nails the 52-yard field goal late to take the lead and followed it up with the 37-yard game winner. I had no doubt.
The Steelers rookie tight end came through with catching at seven of his targets for 58 yards. The Steelers need to get him more involved in the offense, and in Week 6 he showed he is up to the challenge.
The Steelers 2021 seventh-round pick made some big plays when he was on the field. It was three main plays the stand out more than others. On the night, Norwood had three tackles, one of which was for a loss, and a pass defensed as well as a big third-down tackle of D.K. Metcalf.
The Steelers defensive captain can be in the running for a game ball every week. This week Heyward had a sack and nine tackles with two of them being for a loss. More than anything else, he is constantly disrupting the offense.
So what do you think? Who deserves the game ball for the Steelers this week? Make sure you vote in the poll as this is how the winner will be determined. And of course, feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below.
Who gets the BTSC game ball in the Steelers 23-20 OT win over the Seattle Seahawks?
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